Stories for January 2019


Thursday, January 31

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Missing Yolande found safe

YOLANDE Mercidieu, the 12-year-old girl who was missing for seven weeks, was found Thursday in good health and is currently in the care of the Department of Social Services, The Tribune was told.

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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 runner-up was Chavez Thompson

Fox invited to spring training with Rays

LUCIUS Fox is set to begin his 2019 season at an elevated status and continues his progression through the Tampa Bay Rays organisation.

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Nygard appealing against order for ‘immediate arrest’

LYFORD Cay resident Peter Nygard is appealing a judge’s decision to order his “immediate arrest” for failing to appear on three occasions to be sentenced for breaching a court order prohibiting him from engaging in any illegal dredging near his home.

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Eight women face jail after strip club swoop

EIGHT women, five of whom are Colombian, were committed to prison yesterday after failing to pay their collective $24,000 in fines for admitting to working as strippers in local nightclubs without a permit to do so.

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House agrees to borrow $100m for emergencies

THE House of Assembly approved a resolution yesterday to borrow $100m from the Inter-American Development Bank as a contingency against natural disaster emergencies.

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DEREK’S BILLIONS - IT’S A FAIRYTALE: Turnquest speaks out to rubbish 20-year-old ‘stolen fortune’ myth

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest told Parliament allegations the government and a local bank thwarted Derek Rolle Kelly’s purported  inheritance have no basis and are entirely untrue.

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‘Contractor over-billed by $1.8m’

A COMPANY contracted to do work in a Carmichael Road subdivision had its bill heavily reduced after Ministry of Public Works officials were unable to prove it had completed work it claimed to have done.

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Govt uses up 73% of full-year deficit

The government was last night said to be confident there will be “no deviation” from its $237m full-year deficit target despite incurring almost three-quarters of this sum in the first six months.

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Junkanoo challenge gives win to Knights

AFTER appeals were lodged against Grand Bahama’s New Year’s Day Junkanoo results, the Platinum Knights group has now been declared the official winner.

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‘Big bang’ for health tax July next year

Bahamian workers earning more than $35,000 per year will have to pay the majority of their National Health Insurance (NHI) premiums from their own salary, it was revealed yesterday.

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Govt still awaiting reports on CV Bethel

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd said his ministry has not yet taken the steps necessary to address issues raised at CV Bethel following an altercation involving a student and teacher last week.

Huge increase needed in essential staff by 2040

A newly published Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study has recommended The Bahamas will need an estimated 6,000 teachers, 3,000 doctors and 7,000 nurses by 2040.

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'Show us respect'

SCORES of angry taxi drivers gathered in Rawson Square yesterday to protest what they consider poor treatment and working conditions as well as “unfair” competition from tour operators.

DIANE PHILLIPS: From the rubble of Joaquin, lives and a community rebuilt

There are three things Anita Collie Pratt will never forget when she thinks of Hurricane Joaquin – the howling of the wind, the sound of the sea as it roared closer and closer until it crashed through her door and when it was all over, the kindness of strangers.

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Foulkes moves to Parliamentary Secretary

THE Cabinet Office has announced the appointment of Michael Foulkes as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, effective from January 30.

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Minnis aiming for a ‘single window’ for digital services

A RESOLUTION was passed in the House of Assembly yesterday to borrow $30m from the Inter-American Development Bank to further digitise government services.

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Students urged to be environment heroes

ENVIRONMENT Minister Romauld Ferreira continued his ministry’s “Be a Hero” campaign yesterday at St Cecilia Primary School.

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Two in hospital after shooting

POLICE are searching for the gunman who shot two men and left them in hospital on Tuesday.

Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association results

THE Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association continued its regular season with a number of games played on Monday at the Hope Center located on University Commons.

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Michael Cartwright commits to the Eagles

MICHAEL Cartwright officially brought his recruitment process to an end when he announced the NCAA programme he will join this fall.

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Timberwolves senior boys get 61-50 win over Mystic Marlins

The fourth seeded Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves made a statement with a wire-to-wire win in game one of the GSSSA basketball semi-finals.

GSSSA Basketball title games Feb. 4-6

THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association Basketball championship series promises to provide an unique experience for the student-athletes participating and fanbases cheering them on.

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All-Star Weekend: Ayton selected to World Team

Both Bahamian born players in the NBA will participate in the league’s All-Star Weekend festivities.

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Championship bound

THREE of the four No.1 seeds in the GSSSA Basketball semi-finals remained undefeated and advanced to their respective championship series.

Keep it simple

Why does the RBDF constantly suggests that they have such an enormous area to guard our borders, when in geographical reality it is about only 30% of the country, as the majority looks after itself?

Nassau needs to be the first call

Employment quotas based on gender? Has not the good minister studied the constitution? Article: 26. Starting to wonder if there should not be an understanding - The Constitution Test for Ministers?

We have evolved and adapted to living in the midst of filth

Your editorial today, 30 January 2019, on the topic of run down Nassau and downtown is apropos.

Minnis quick to dismiss PLP criticisms

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis hit back at the PLP’s critiques of his recent national address, saying the difference between the Free National Movement and the opposition is that his administration will bring about developments and projects without attempts to “shakedown” investors.

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Relative of accused claims he was arrested and beaten by police

THE relative of one of three men accused of executing a murder plot almost three years ago claimed yesterday he was arrested in connection with a crime and beaten by police the month the killing occurred.

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Govt spends $13m to cover Lucayan operational costs

The government injected $45.4m into the Grand Lucayan resort, including $13m to cover its operational costs, during the six months to year-end 2018, it was revealed last night.

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Private sector fears ‘filling gap’ on NHI

The Chamber of Commerce’s chairman yesterday voiced fears that the already-strained private sector will have to “fill the gap” if National Health Insurance (NHI) gets its sums wrong.

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PM: Govt must work for people

The Bahamas “must make government work for the people”, the prime minister said yesterday, warning that it cannot survive at 118th place in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index.

IAN FERGUSON: Behaving yourself when love strikes

Workplace romances can lead to long-term relationships and even marriage, but they can also result in uncomfortable situations for the people involved in the relationship, as well as their co-workers.

Morton Salt ready for industrial action

MORTON Salt yesterday branded its latest industrial offer to line-staff as “fair” and one that would “preserve jobs”, adding that it was prepared for any work stoppages at its Inagua plant.

DPM queries corruption perception index slide

The deputy prime minister yesterday queried why The Bahamas had slipped in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception index when it has the “most transparent and accountable government” in its history.

Wednesday, January 30

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Monday 28th January, 2019.

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CULTURE CLASH: Jobs, yes, but so much more needs to be addressed

Jobs. That seems to be the magic word - and politicians know it. “More jobs” is the promise of all promises and we hear it often, especially during election season and when the electorate is dissatisfied. It was no surprise when this was a major focus of the prime minister’s national address.

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Sands: Venezuelan crisis poses health risks for region

THE ongoing crisis in Venezuela poses serious health threats for the region, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, who yesterday raised concerns about the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Cays fire destroys resort buildings

CRUISE ships are being diverted to Half Moon Cay for the foreseeable future after a fire destroyed four buildings on Princess Cays late on Monday night.

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Debbie, queen of the yard

Debbie Ferguson was delighted when she was presented with the best kept yard award by the Bahamas National Pride Association yesterday.

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No threats to safety at our schools, says education chief

Jeffrey Lloyd, the Education Minister, yesterday stressed there were no threats to the safety and welfare of teachers at public schools across the country as he committed his ministry to swift action after a teacher at CV Bethel Senior High School was reportedly beaten by students

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PM’s speech - ‘40 minutes of drivel’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ national address Monday night fell flat and avoided important issues, according to Progressive Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis.

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NEW HEALTH TAX CUT AFTER REVIEW: Workers to now pay 1.5% towards insurance scheme

THE National Health Insurance Authority has shaved down its proposed salary tax to fund universal healthcare by a half percent in its updated policy paper on the contributory scheme.

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Bahamas ‘stagnates’ in war on corruption

The Bahamas is “stagnating” in the fight against corruption, Transparency International’s local representative warned yesterday, after this nation again slid in the global rankings.

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Supermodels ordered to face Fyre grilling

SUPERMODELS and social media influencers will be forced to disclose information about the payments they received to promote the ill-fated Fyre Festival.

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Murder witness refuses evidence

A relative of one of three men charged in connection with a murder plot executed in 2016 yesterday refused to give evidence against the accused.

PM playing the Pied Piper game

The so-called national address by the embattled Prime Minister was straight from the Twilight Zone.

EDITORIAL: Time to make Debbie proud

Take a walk downtown and you’ll be far removed from the paradise idyll The Bahamas is famed for worldwide.

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Rattlers senior boys top Cobras, 79-73

CHAD Smith and Denrico Burrows converted a pair of free throws in the final 16 seconds to help lift the CI Gibson Rattlers to a 79-73 victory over the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association’s defending senior boys champions CC Sweeting Cobras.

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Lloyd: Issues at Black Point being addressed

EDUCATION Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday issues at the Black Point All-Age School are being addressed.

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Systemic land injustice is the problem – Johnson

AFTER he was criticised for suggesting Bahamians should “build out of your pockets” instead of going to a bank for a home loan, State Minister for Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson said yesterday the recommendation was taken out of context and was meant to address systemic land injustice.

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My son's behaviour changed after attack – mother

THE mother of a 14-year-old boy who has accused a Grand Bahama man of unlawful sex said her son's "bubbly" behaviour changed in late 2016 when the alleged assault began.

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‘The Tank’ gearing up for title fight at home

SHERMAN ‘The Tank’ Williams, fresh off his second round knockout over Samuel Miller in Monteria, Colombia, on January 18, was invited to return for another bout to take on a Venezuelan on March 1.

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One man serious, two more stable after triple shooting

POLICE are investigating a triple shooting that occurred in the Milton Street area late Monday.

Bowling elections on February 17

THE Bahamas Bowling Federation has released the names of persons nominated to run for office during the annual general meeting and election of officers set for February 17.

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Resistance top Eagles 93-87, Shockers rout Mingoes 91-71

THE Caro Contractors Resistance and JD’s Seafood Shockers pulled off victories in the New Providence Basketball Association’s double header played at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Monday night.

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Long Island airport revamp’s $10m ‘cap’

The government’s efforts to cap the redevelopment cost for Long Island’s Deadman’s Cay airport at $10m have raised concerns over whether it will comply with international standards.

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Rolle and Slatter win national titles

Driskell Rolle and David Slatter, the two most consistent bowlers over the past decade, have emerged as the winners of the Bahamas Bowling Federation’s Nationals.

We must forget this obsession with courtesy titles in public

We have become seemingly obsessed with the proliferation of honorific and courtesy titles in public life, particularly when applied to current or former public servants.

Crime in The Bahamas does not affect tourism

Educated statements of Ministers are supposed to be the norm, but week after week, we hear what can only be described as political mumbo-jumbo – verbal rubbish unfounded and unsupported by facts.

Taxi drivers in new ‘showdown’ threat

THE Bahamas Taxicab Union’s (BTU) president yesterday warned drivers were ready for a “showdown” over “sanctions” being imposed by tourism officials at Prince George Wharf.

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MP fears for 101 Princess Cays workers

South Eleuthera’s MP Stephen “Hank” Johnson, pictured, yesterday voiced concern over the fate of 101 Princess Cays employees if the fire-damaged private cruise port is unable to resume operations “in short order”.

$10m investor: We can defeat WTO ‘concerns’

A $10m poultry farming investor yesterday expressed confidence that The Bahamas could follow Jamaica’s self-sufficiency lead despite its “concerns” over WTO’s potential impact.

Tuesday, January 29

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Sentence delayed for man whose newlywed wife vanished at sea

MIAMI (AP) — A family dispute delayed sentencing Tuesday for a man whose newlywed wife vanished at sea as the couple sailed a catamaran off the Bahamas.

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Desperate mother in hunt for 12-year-old daughter

A MOTHER’S worst nightmare has become reality for Natasha Jean with her 12-year-old daughter missing for more than six weeks.

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FACE TO FACE: Majority rule - did we deliver then betray the dream?

The month of January is a powerful one when it comes to remembering what unifying as a people and working towards a common cause can bring.

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PM putting Family Islands at centre of govt strategy

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis discussed numerous Family Island tourism projects during his national address last night, hoping the developments will further dent the unemployment rate on those islands. The recent labour force survey showed the unemployment rate declined in Grand Bahama and Abaco.

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Tourism officials told to clean up downtown Nassau

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he has directed tourism officials to craft a short-term plan to clean up downtown Nassau as he discussed long-term plans to revitalise Bay Street during his national address last night, saying many Bahamians have complained to him about the appalling state of the area.

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Fraudulent invoices hit 29% of Bahamas trade

The Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday admitted there is “substantial” revenue loss from fraudulent invoices that are impacting up to 29 percent of The Bahamas’ trade.

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Strippers seized in club raids

IMMIGRATION officials arrested 12 foreign women early yesterday morning during a joint operation targeting the “illicit nightlife circuit” throughout New Providence.

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Attorney: ‘Nothing to hide’ on Fyre Festival

A Bahamian attorney yesterday said his firm has “nothing to hide” and “will do everything to clear our name” in relation to its involvement with the Fyre Festival debacle.

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PM’s promise - I’ll deliver on jobs

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis promised an aggressive job growth agenda last night during his first national address of the year.

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Retired priest died in crash

NO-one imagined that Dr Anthony Dahl’s retirement to Cat Island would abruptly and tragically end in death just days after he arrived there.

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NO-SHOW NYGARD RUNS OUT OF LIVES: Judge issues arrest warrant as tycoon misses court - AGAIN

A Supreme Court judge yesterday ordered the “immediate arrest” of Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard for failing to appear on three occasions to be sentenced for breaching a court order prohibiting him from engaging in any illegal dredging near his Lyford Cay home.

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THE PRESS BOX: As ‘the plot thickens in La La land, Walton watch your back’

RUMOURS are swirling in the NBA, LeBron James is up to his old tricks, and that could mean a new head coach in Lakerland, Luke Walton watch your back.

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Former Harlem Globetrotter ‘Goose’ to be honoured

OSBOURNE ‘Goose’ Lockhart, the first foreign born player to participate on the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, will be honoured with two other former greats as Globetrotter Legends.

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Falcons Jr girls get 42-39 win over Big Red Machine

THE Jordan Prince Williams Falcons junior girls outscored the defending champions St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine 8-4 in the extra five minutes to secure a hard fought 42-39 victory at St Augustine’s College.

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Royals junior boys rout Lions 38-22 in semis

Three of the four No.1 seeds held court on day one of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association basketball best-of-three semi-final series, with the only upset in the senior boys’ division.

Madness incorporated

Why at this time of our economic development, except to assist and do what the clearing banks are supposed to do, do we want to implement a Credit Bureau? Note it was the political guro of the DNA, Johnny Rodgers who proposed this.

I see three ships ...

Prince George Wharf - Cruise Port Management

Talk show trivia

Unfortunately for my experience, every time I do listen to a talk show - misinformation is spoken, not only by the host, but reinforced by the callers.

Sending chilling negative messages

As a trained and highly experienced former member of The Bahamas Bar, I do believe that I am qualified to opine on judicial matters locally and around the world.

Cameras which can’t catch the criminals

How good is your memory? When did the first CCTV camera go up in downtown? Did crime decrease from the petty pick-pocketing and selling of drugs? It still goes on today with cameras.

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Work hard and you’ll do well, MP Robinson tells students

BAIN and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson yesterday urged students at Government High School not to let their circumstances dictate their future, imploring them to recognise their time as students provides them with an opportunity to create better lives.

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Supreme Court acquits man over teenage shooting

A Supreme Court jury unanimously acquitted a man yesterday of shooting a teenager in the head and killing him near a park on Flint Street seven years ago.

Coast Guard flies cruise ship worker to safety

AN employee on a cruise ship was rescued by the US Coast Guard some 200 miles off Nassau in the Bahamas, according to international reports.

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Man in Exuma died after vehicle fell on top of him

A MAN in Exuma is dead after a vehicle he was working under fell on top of him, police said.

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'No resistance to police officers using bodycams'

POLICE Commissioner Anthony Ferguson yesterday said officers are “very receptive” to the use of bodycams, adding he does not expect any resistance to the implementation of this technology.

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School policing strategies working well, says Dames

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames has lauded current school policing strategies, telling reporters yesterday that law enforcement officers on campuses are positively impacting crime trends.

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CWGC’s high praise for Nassau War Cemetery

THE Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) yesterday toured and commended the state of the Nassau War Cemetery on Farrington Road.

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Freeport man is charged with murder

A 25-year-old Freeport man was charged with attempted murder in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Jury hears opening statements in rape trial

The rape trial of Fred Williams, who is accused of having unlawful sex with a minor, opened in the Supreme Court in Grand Bahama yesterday.

EDITORIAL: Jockeying for position as Trump stumbles on

Next year America prepares for several landmark events. There is the centennial celebration of women’s voting rights. There is a general election including for the office of president. And there is the once-a-decade process called the census, a process by which individual state populations are counted and surveyed to ensure there is proportionate representation in the American Congress. It appears now all three of these events will be directly related.

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OFF THE SPECTRUM: Early intervention – not exactly what you think

A parent asked me, “Is it too late for my autistic teenage son to receive early intervention?” Based on the definition of early intervention, the answer could be yes. However, it’s doesn’t have to be. Let’s explore this a bit more.

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Get SMART with your goals

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

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You can always rise again

A less firm, unsatisfactory is a common complaint of adult men of various ages but more commonly a dreadful state of affairs for middle-aged men and older.

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Accessorise to ‘WOW’

Nearly every woman, and even some men, carry it wherever they go. It’s both functional and decorative. Often, it is a fashion statement all by itself.

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Life after loss: Minister Tamara Marie Simms deals with husband's murder in new book

Two years ago, the unthinkable happened to Tamara Marie Simms. Driving home from a family outing, her husband Kendrick was killed as he shielded her from bullets aimed at their car by an unknown gunman. Afterwards, as she cradled the lifeless body of her husband, she prayed to God – and God answered. From that moment on, her life was changed forever. But in instead of losing hope, she found a new purpose. And today, Tamara is sharing her experiences in a new book called “Decisions”.

CUDAS! 7th Annual Leno Invitational Swim Meet on Friday

FOR the past six years Leno has supported the Barracuda Swim Club and once again the club is scheduled to host the 7th Annual Leno Invitational Swim Meet at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Center February 1-2.

Gibson’s Huskies, Whylly’s Hurricanes on winning streaks

WINNING streaks for both Qyemah Gibson’s St Mary’s Huskies and Roosevelt Whylly’s Holland College Hurricanes continued in U Sports and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association basketball respectively.

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Sir Franklyn’s fear on VAT refund ‘tardiness’

Sir Franklyn Wilson yesterday voiced fears about renewed “tardiness” relating to VAT refunds, warning that the issue “could shake” still-fragile business and investor confidence.

‘Unprecedented’: Inventory surge to hit market in 2019

A Bahamas-based realtor yesterday said residential sales had increased by 48 percent since 2014 ahead of what is expected to be “an unprecedented level of new inventory” hitting the market in 2019.

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Tourist airlift capacity up 20% in Q1

The prime minister last night called on The Bahamas to fulfill its “considerable untapped potential” in tourism after stopover visitor arrivals rose 10.4 percent for the first ten months of 2018.

WTO lacks clout on dispute rulings

The failure to enforce its rulings on trade disputes is among the “biggest criticisms” that can be levelled against the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a Bahamian arbitrator has charged.

Losses preferred to disputes resolution

PARTIES to construction disputes often take a loss instead of spending time and money to resolve disputes, a Bahamian project consultant has disclosed.

GB minister to headline island’s Outlook summit

The minister of state for Grand Bahama will headline the island’s Business Outlook conference, which will be held on Thursday, February 21, at the Grand Lucayan resort.

PM hails $250m hurricane hole

The prime minister has hailed Sterling Global Financial’s $250m Hurricane Hole project as a sign of continuing investor confidence in the “world-class destination” of The Bahamas.

Govt keeping dual arbitration regimes

THE government intends to keep separate regimes for domestic and international arbitration to ensure legal “certainty and clarity”, a Cabinet Minister has confirmed.

Monday, January 28

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Sailor allegedly sank yacht to drown wife on their honeymoon in The Bahamas

FLORIDA prosecutors are seeking a maximum sentence for a British man who admitted to intentionally sinking his catamaran in waters near Cay Sal to murder his wife in 2017.

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Maynard blames old equipment after fire

POLICE are “actively investigating” the cause of a fire at Bahamas Power & Light’s Gladstone and Fire Trail Roads sub-station, head of Police Fire Services Chief Superintendent Walter Evans said Saturday.

POLICE ADVICE: Rape is real so we all have to be on our guard

Rape is a crime which affects all members of society, its victims and those close to them. The more informed citizens are about the crime of rape, the better prepared they will be to prevent it.

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INSIGHT: Who should be held to account when a lawyer steps over the line?

DEFENCE attorneys have disagreed with a recent admonition for judges to hold defendants liable for any misconduct exhibited in court by their attorney, with some calling the suggestion “unconstitutional” and an “undue burden” on what would most likely always be a layperson.

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INSIGHT: Government would prefer to stand in an echo chamber rather than see our democracy evolve

MUCH of what happens in Parliament is an embarrassment and a disappointment. Witnessing a group of men and women who seem more awestruck with themselves - high off the opportunity to sit in Parliament rather than filled with a spirit of duty and service, hamstringing any potential of our democracy evolving.

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Teachers set to return to CV Bethel today

TEACHERS at CV Bethel Senior High School will return to the classroom today, one week after classes were suspended because they were left “traumatised” after a marine biology teacher was reportedly injured in an altercation with two male students.

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PI developer eyes $700m in projects

Hurricane Hole’s developer is aiming to launch two further resort projects before year-end 2019 that will take total investment in its Bahamian developments to around $700m.

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Minnis in national address tonight

WHEN he delivers his first national address for the year tonight, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is expected to reveal the government’s plan to boost economic growth, which is hoped to create jobs and provide greater opportunity for all Bahamians.

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‘WE WANT ANSWERS’: Bahamian firms asked to explain Fyre Festival cash

A Bahamian law firm and the National Sports Authority’s (NSA) former chairman are among the local persons and companies being targeted for examination by Fyre Festival investigators.

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Maryann says ‘I’ll share windfall’

MARYANN Rolle says she’ll “definitely” be a blessing to others who worked hard during the failed Fyre Festival, as crowd funding yesterday reached more than $200,000 to assist the Exuma restaurateur recuperate her losses from the ordeal.

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UPDATED: American man dies after motorcycle crash on Cat Island

AN American man died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Cat Island on Saturday.

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‘Blame all sides for school’s disrepair’

THERE is “more than enough blame to go around” for the issues at the Black Point All-Age School, Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson has asserted.

Without vision, the people perish

WHY are we back to a situation we only recently faced, that of having an Acting Chief Justice for an unknown period of time. The facile answer from the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary that he will appoint one “in due course “ is cold comfort to citizens of a country which seems to be spinning out of control.

Parasites living off the poor

The government is trying to attempt to balance its budget by increasing revenues. One of these measures was to increase VAT by 60%. At the time there was considerable negative comment about the proposal but on July 1, 2018 the increased rate was introduced, not even a reduction in the rate!

Why it's time to extend the retirement age for our judges

When a distinguished retired high court judge like Jeanne Thompson talks, political and civic leaders should stop beating up their gums and take notice. Justice Thompson again rang a bell over the delay by the Prime Minister in recommending a nominee for the post of Chief Justice.

EDITORIAL: Hitting the next generation of students

It seems some people here in The Bahamas don’t understand what the word “loan” means.

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‘Buddy’ to make debut in three-point contest

Buddy Hield will reportedly join several of the NBA’s elite shooters in the Three-Point Contest during next month’s NBA All-Star Weekend.

LGBTQI Facebook page angers activists

ACTIVISTS condemned as “fake” and “dangerous” a Facebook page that aimed to teach underage children that it is acceptable to be attracted to the same sex or that “sometimes the best boys are the best girls”.

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FNM puts spotlight on women

THE Free National Movement held a “Women in Governance Summit” at its headquarters on the weekend.

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Chisholm on Top 100 Prospects list

MAJOR League Baseball revealed its Top 100 Prospects list for the 2019 season and it offered another opportunity for Jazz Chisholm to be included among the best young talent in the minors.

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NPWBA: Lady Angels top Lady Saints 68-55

WITH their full squad out, Bees Trucking Lady Angels avenged one of their two losses so far in the season to the Lady Saints with a rout of their own behind the 1-2 punch of Chrishandra Rahming and Britenique Harrison.

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NPBA: Shockers get 92-79 win over Regulators

A BUSY night on the New Providence Basketball Association schedule featured several blowout wins for division contenders.

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Etienne wins high jump, Gaither 2nd in 60m dash

JYLES Etienne continues to establish himself as one of the top male high jumpers in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, while sprinter TyNia Gaither is getting back into the swing of things in the women’s professional ranks.

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New developer for $2.8bn Ginn revival

The former Ginn project’s $2.8bn revival could soon by led by a new developer with the Supreme Court on Friday confirming the removal of all legal obstacles to the deal proceeding.

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End-March for best Lucayan purchaser

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman says the board is targeting end-March 2019 to recommend a purchaser for the resort - a timeline that meets the deadline set at the outset.

‘Landmark’ Bill to aid construction disputes

ALL foreign direct investment (FDI) projects will need an arbitration clause within their Heads of Agreement (HOA) under draft legislation being circulated for private sector feedback.

Sunday, January 27

PM hails $250m hurricane hole

The prime minister has hailed Sterling Global Financial's $250m Hurricane Hole project as a sign of continuing investor confidence in the "world-class destination" of The Bahamas.

Losses preferred to disputes resolution

PARTIES to construction disputes often take a loss instead of spending time and money to resolve disputes, a Bahamian project consultant has disclosed.

Saturday, January 26

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Social media reports on PM being rushed to hospital ‘are fake’

The Office of the Prime Minister has strongly denied social media reports that Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was rushed to hospital earlier this week.

Friday, January 25

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Friday, 25th January, 2018.

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Govt drones firm decision 'at the end of February'

THE public will learn which drone company the government plans to engage at the end of February, according to National Security minister Marvin Dames.

Grand Bahama Junior Junkanoo parade postponed

GRAND Bahama's Junior Junkanoo parade has been postponed due to a forecast that shows an increased chance of rain this weekend.

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New hires at Ministry of National Security 'on the horizon'

NEW hires for the Ministry of National Security are on the horizon, according to Minister Marvin Dames, who forecast a ministerial revamp to accommodate new specialist areas.

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Company aims to spark connections between Bahamian, Chinese businesses

A NEW trip offering by Bahamaren Limited promises Bahamian entrepreneurs a full immersion into the entrepreneurial spirit of the Chinese business environment.

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Comptroller defends Customs official named in Fyre documentary

CUSTOMS Comptroller Dr Geannine Moss yesterday defended the integrity of the Customs official named in a recent documentary on the failed Fyre Festival.

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Govt expects over 20 bids for Grand Lucayan

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D'Aguilar estimated the government will have received over 20 bids for the Grand Lucayan by the time it closes off acceptance of bids next month.

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Scarlet fever patient treated and discharged

THE single patient hospitalised with scarlet fever on Grand Bahama has been treated and discharged from the Rand Memorial Hospital, according to medical officials here at the public health institution.

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Nicolas Maduro’s presidency not recognised by Bahamas

The Bahamas does not recognise the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s presidency in Venezuela.

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Seven Haitian nationals plead guilty to illegal landing

Seven Haitian nationals pled guilty to illegal landing in Marsh Harbour Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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Mother's plea for blood donations after her son is hurt in car crash

A MAN is in need of blood after he was ejected from a vehicle last week, injuring his knee and dislocating his spine in two places.

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Will I remain in the FNM? Absolutely, says Chipman

CENTREVILLE MP Reece Chipman has no plans to follow his resignation from Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee with an exit from the Free National Movement.

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‘Don’t scrap home construction programme’

FORMER Bahamas Contractors Association president Leonard Sands yesterday urged the government not to scrap its home construction programme as the sale of serviced lots was not a real solution to increase Bahamian home ownership.

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Minister: We need a shift in culture at ministry

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister has called for a fundamental shift in the culture at Ministry of Works and its auxiliary offices, saying the agency has not had the best reputation over the years.

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SARKIS SCORES COURT VICTORY: Chinese told to answer $2.2bn fraud allegation

Baha Mar's original developer was yesterday celebrating a major legal victory after a New York court upheld his $2.25bn fraud and breach of contract claim against the project's contractor.

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Campus assault sparks teacher revolt

ONE hundred teachers at C V Bethel Senior High School were reportedly left “traumatised” after a marine biology teacher suffered injuries in an alleged altercation with students on the campus, with some of them reportedly visiting doctors yesterday due to the anguish caused.

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Evans set free over Ambrose murder

CLINTON Evans, who was sentenced to life for murdering Detective Constable Jimmy Ambrose and trying to kill another officer almost 20 years ago along with Stephen “Die” Stubbs and Andrew “Yogi” Davis, was acquitted by majority decision yesterday by the Court of Appeal.

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‘Super contracts and destroyed documents’

A FORENSIC audit of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute has criticised the “ridiculously favourable” contracts senior administrators received weeks ahead of the 2017 general election, BAMSI chairman Tennyson Wells said yesterday.

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Freeport man on murder charge

A 25-year-old Freeport man was charged with murder in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Suspected traffic fatality after car blaze

Traffic police in Grand Bahama are investigating a suspected traffic fatality in the West End community on Wednesday.

Two religious leaders recognised for their national contributions

TWO well-known religious leaders were declared Jones Communications’ Persons of the Year 2018 for significant contributions to their churches and the Bahamas.

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Organ master plays 20th annual recital

For 30 plus years he has produced beautiful melodies on the organ and for 20 years he has shared those tunes with audiences at his annual recital.

Things to stop doing in 2019 and beyond - Part II

1. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.

Meditation Preparing to pray

As we continue to lay a firm prayer foundation, there are scriptures that are very helpful in priming the pump of our prayers. Let us consider a few:

Calvary Deliverance hosts crusade to revive the faithful

It’s a new year and the church family at Calvary Deliverance has a new motto: “Prayers that make the Church Bold”.

Religious happenings around town

The Skekinah Family Word Centre Ministry will be hosting its “Give Live Community Outreach” block party this Saturday at Quakoo Street from 11am to 4pm.

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Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association basketball results

THE Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association continued its basketball regular season on Wednesday at the Hope Center on University Commons with a number of games played.

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Big increase in numbers for junior tennis

A GREAT sign for the future of Bahamian tennis is the large jump in young players from 20 to 35 participants at the Winterbotham IC Junior Series for the young 10s and 12s tennis players last weekend.

Cartwright named to All-Dade Class 5A Independent Football First Team

IN the midst of his recruitment process, Michael Cartwright continues to receive accolades for a stellar senior season.

Cornish’s 3 in OT gives Seawolves 67-66 victory over the Great Danes

JARON Cornish delivered a standout performance for the Stony Brook Seawolves to give his team the win in the latest edition of the Empire State Rivalry.

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SAC Alumni Association Gives Back to Bahamas Diabetic Association

THE SAC Alumni Association (SACAA) has started off the year on a high note, making a significant donation to a local organisation.

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Alfred Forbes honoured

IT was back to school for Alfred Forbes as he was honoured on Wednesday by the CI Gibson Secondary School’s principal, faculty, students and friends for his contribution to sports as a long-time administrator, mentor and coach.

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GSSSA basketball playoffs jump off on Monday

THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association completed its basketball regular season on Wednesday and the playoffs are now all set to get started at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Monday.

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New Providence Volleyball All-Star games this Sunday

BEFORE the New Providence Volleyball Association begins their playoffs next week, the league will take a break to showcase their top players on Sunday in their All-Star games at the DW Davis Gymnasium.

UB Athletics set to host Northern Bahamas recruitment exercise

THE University of The Bahamas is expected to host a recruitment exercise this weekend, Saturday January 26 - at the St George’s High School campus.

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NPBA: UB Mingoes defeat Stingers 92-86

THE University of the Bahamas Mingoes lost to the PJ Stingers early in the season and they weren’t going to let that happen again.

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Rolle happy with Davis, Fed Cup team selections

Under the circumstances, captain/coach Marvin Rolle said he’s pleased with the selection of the men’s team by the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association for this year’s Americas Zone II Davis Cup tie.

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Jazz one of top 10 shortstop prospects in minor leagues

JAZZ Chisholm’s meteoric rise in the minor league system continues to be recognised by Major League Baseball and various international media outlets.

Financial complexity sees another small bank close

I have recently learned of another small bank that, without being charged with any offence, chose to shut down facing the expense of complying with the growing complexity of Bahamian laws and rules compelled by foreign authorities like the EU and OECD. The last straw was having to hire a “compliance” officer who had no role in handling actual banking functions.

When you thought it was safe . . .

The blockbuster hit movie Jaws had a tag line something like “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ……”

Death of death penalty

Let’s face it, when one is sentenced to death in The Bahamas these days it really means life in prison. The condemned prisoner knows that all he has to do, is appeal and wait on the commutation call, or total freedom – in some cases.

Why I was ashamed to watch Netflix Fyre documentary

I watched Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened documentary, and found it both deeply disturbing and ironic that Exuma and Norman’s Cay are once again at the centre of an international scandal of epic proportions that has brought embarrassment to The Bahamas.

EDITORIAL: Talking a good game - now for the delivery

It is generally accepted that globalisation is part of the reason for the rise of populism in the West. The growing support for populist extremist parties in Europe seems also to have resulted from a loss of faith in traditional political establishments and their capacity to deal effectively with either national issues or the problems of the general public.

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Sentencing for man convicted of grievous harm adjourned

A LAWYER for convict Antonio “Snake” Symonnette, who was convicted of two counts of grievous harm in the Supreme Court, requested an adjournment of the sentencing hearing yesterday.

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We’re ignoring the small man on the street who's hurting every day – MP

FREE National Movement MP Hank Johnson railed against the government on Wednesday accusing it of ignoring the challenges of the small man and “dragging its feet” where Bahamians’ rights are being infringed as he spoke about a longstanding land dispute in his constituency.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Life’s razor sharp at the barber’s shop

THIS week’s column is for my barber Leon, and barber shops world wide, the last bastion of free speech and unfiltered humour!

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Resignation is a condemnation of government, says PLP leader Davis

ALTHOUGH “taken aback” by Centreville MP Reece Chipman’s resignation from the Public Accounts Committee, Official Opposition leader Philip “Brave” Davis said the move is a condemnation of the government.

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Tourism disruption fears mount on US shutdown

The tourism industry was yesterday “carefully monitoring” the US government shutdown’s impact on air travel amid growing fears it may threaten The Bahamas’ projected arrivals gains.

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Govt ‘beating’ its business licence goal

A top Ministry of Finance official yesterday said the government is already “beating” its five-day business licence turnaround pledge amid “kudos” from the private sector for the improvement.

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Ex-minister says BAMSI revamp ‘simply stupid’

An ex-Cabinet Minister yesterday slammed the government’s decision to revamp The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute’s (BAMSI) business model by exiting retail as “simply stupid”.

‘Dire need’ for productivity rise

The Bahamas has a “dire need” for improved productivity given that its industrial output growth rate is half that of Barbados, a government “white paper” is arguing.

Water supplier gives police trust donation

Consolidated Water (CWCO) Bahamas has made a donation to the Royal Bahamas Police Force Dependents’ Trust to help the school-age children of officers who died or were injured on duty.

Bank chief slams ‘selfish’ education loan deadbeats

The Clearing Banks Association’s (CBA) president yesterday slammed the “selfish mentality” of delinquent student borrowers who have exposed Bahamian taxpayers to a $100m liability.

Valuing millennials in the workplace

Millennials now officially make up nearly 50 percent of the Bahamian workforce. They are who they are, and they bring with them the full range of their domestication. It is undeniable that millennials are valuable to the 21st century workforce.

Thursday, January 24

01242019 EDITION

Thursday, 24th January, 2019.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: More than one way to put out a Fyre storm

There’s hardly a soul who hasn’t heard of the Fyre Festival debacle, an elaborate scheme to lure the newly rich and somewhat famous to the beautiful beaches and waters of Exuma for days of languishing in the sun, frolicking in the sea and imbibing the best of champagne and Bahama Mamas with intervals of music and dance.

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New fundraiser to help people after failed festival is targeting $400k

A NEW fundraiser for locals impacted by the failed Fyre Festival is seeking to raise $400,000.

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I’ll give away my $600k winnings, promises Buddhist poker player

A BUDDHIST poker player who won more than half a million dollars at a tournament at the Atlantis resort last week plans to give it all away.

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Junkanoogate: Police pursue bribery claims

POLICE are continuing their probe into Junkanoo bribery claims, but the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence has established its own sub-committee to investigate the claims. The committee will review allegations that made headlines after audio recordings between a purported female judge and George “Bommer” Armbrister, a costume designer for the Genesis group, circulated this month.

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Burning container ship heads to Freeport

A mega freighter burning off Canada’s east coast since January 3 is now seeking refuge in Grand Bahama, The Tribune understands.

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UK wifebeater ‘hiding’ in Bahamas

A BRITISH man who has fled his prison sentence in the United Kingdom may be hiding out in The Bahamas, according to international reports.

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Fed up Chipman loses patience

CENTREVILLE MP Reece Chipman resigned from the Public Accounts Committee yesterday out of frustration with the immobility of the traditionally powerful parliamentary sub-committee.

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Overtime will be paid - but budget now blown

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday said the Public Hospital Authority’s $1.2m monthly overtime bill could not continue “unchecked” as he defended the forecasted slowdown in overtime payments for healthcare workers.

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‘WE’RE COMING FOR OUR MONEY’: $100m student loan debt forces hiring of collection agency

The Education Loan Authority's (ELA) delinquency recovery rate needs to increase seven-fold, a Cabinet Minister admitted yesterday, with Bahamian taxpayers "on the hook for $100m".

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Former housing partnership ‘too expensive’, claims Ferreira

THE public private partnership that resulted in the construction of dozens of new houses at Ardastra Gardens Subdivision under the former Christie administration resulted in many homes being “overpriced”, Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira revealed yesterday.

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Peruvian found not guilty of killing DJ in club

A PERUVIAN man has been acquitted of killing a disc jockey and attempting to kill another man following a scuffle in a downtown nightclub three years ago.

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Court of appeal reserves its decision on acting chief justice

THE Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on whether or not the acting chief justice was right to find that two police officers had no case to answer concerning the 2013 death of 20-year-old Aaron Rolle.

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Robinson finishes tied for 29th at amateur golf championships

DEVAUGHN Robinson once again represented the Bahamas among the region’s elite golfers at the Latin America Amateur Golf Championships.

Campos becomes first Puerto Rican tour winner

GREAT ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — Rafael Campos won The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic in 25-mph wind yesterday to become the first Puerto Rican champion in Tour history.

D’Andre Vilmar dunk goes viral

D’ANDRE Vilmar appears to have regained the explosiveness and return to form from injury in his first season for the Missouri State-West Plains Grizzlies.

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Ayton ‘questionable’ for tonight’s game

DEANDRE Ayton has missed the first games of his NBA career. He is now sidelined with an ankle injury and listed as “day to day” on the Phoenix Suns’ injury report.

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BLTA names Davis and Fed Cup teams

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association named its Davis and Fed Cup teams set to represent the country in their respective events this year.

A question of faith

Chaplain to the Prison?

Get in the right lane

Between May, 2017 and now there has been a considerable increase of taxi licence plates issued, but the question I wish to raise did they pass some form of a Drivers Test?

No smoke without Fyre

It is not the first time that serious allegations have been made concerning the promotional event…before we all forget there was the Caribbean Music Fest - $’000’s paid and a no show everything stupid, Rawson Square and nothing.

Let's check patrol logs

POLICE walk-about - are they not showing the lack of and bad side of policing?

EDITORIAL: Universal Health Care or Socialised Medicine?

WHILE Health Minister Dr Duane Sands is to be commended on his announcement regarding Universal Health Care, we, as Bahamians, need to answer some fundamental questions as to the future of our public healthcare before we go any further down this slippery slope of a single payer, income-tax funded socialised medical system, such as they have in Canada and the UK.

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Haitians sent back from GB

SIXTY-TWO Haitians were repatriated from Freeport, Grand Bahama to Port-au-Prince, Haiti on board a Bahamasair charter flight under heavy escort by law enforcement officers yesterday morning.

Don’t increase utility bills on GB, urges pastor

AMID economic challenges on Grand Bahama, the Coalition for Concerned Citizens is calling for a halt of rate increases by the Grand Bahama Utility Company in water supply and garbage collection fees.

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Law enforcement agencies sign up for $1.9m deal to pinpoint gunfire location

LAW enforcement agencies will begin using gunshot detection technology this year to pinpoint the location of gunfire after the government signed a $1.9 million contract yesterday with a provider, ShotSpotter.

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'We want to ensure women are treated equally in the work place and that there is equal pay'

AFTER recent labour statistics showed that women were more likely to be unemployed than men despite higher education levels, Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell said his ministry is concerned about the issue.

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No evidence that 10,400 jobs have been created, says PLP leader Davis

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis says he sees no evidence to prove that 10,400 net jobs were created in the country since the Minnis administration took office nearly two years ago.

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Minister of State for GB on preliminary labour force survey

MINISTER of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson has praised latest job figures which show a decline in the island’s unemployment rate and that more than 800 people were employed since May 2018 to November 2018.

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Police appeal after drive-by shooting

A WOMAN is in hospital after she was injured during a drive-by shooting yesterday.

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DPM praised for putting country before politics

The deputy prime minister was yesterday praised by a governance reformer for placing “saving the country” over political gain through the government’s economic restructuring plans.

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Bilateral WTO deals alternative ‘impractical’

Bilateral trade agreements are an “impractical, cost prohibitive” alternative to full WTO membership for The Bahamas, a well-known attorney argued yesterday.

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Bahamas ‘shooting in dark’ over WTO

The DNA’s deputy leader yesterday expressed fears that The Bahamas is “walking in the dark” towards WTO membership without the government “making the case” for joining.

Unemployment rate rise contradicts govt ‘gains’

The Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive yesterday said the increased unemployment rate contradicted the government’s recently-touted economic gains.

Morton Salt union ‘pushed’ into action

THE union representing line staff at Morton Salt yesterday said it has been “pushed” to take strike action after the company made no improvements to its purported counter-offer.

Insurers elect new chairman

The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) has elected Warren Rolle as its new chairman and Felicia Knowles as secretary.

‘Consensus’ reached over cruise port bids

The government’s evaluation committee has reached a “consensus” on the three Nassau cruise port bids and is ready to make their recommendation to Cabinet, the Minister of Tourism said yesterday.

Wednesday, January 23

01232019 EDITION

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019.

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CULTURE CLASH: Leave Boom Bye Bye in the past where the attitudes it champions also belong

Recent events have led to conversations about hate speech over the past few weeks.

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Ministers claim statistics prove FNM jobs strategy is effective

JOB gains highlighted in the most recent Labour Force Survey among young Bahamians and in the tourism sector, were yesterday lauded by two senior Cabinet members.

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‘Hundreds of acres’ for LPIA expansion

Nassau airport’s managers are moving to secure “hundreds of acres” for potential future expansion of its runway and terminal “footprint”, a Cabinet Minister revealed yesterday.

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Desperate mum pleads for help

AFTER beating cancer 12 years ago, Sharnette Thompson-McKinney is fighting a new battle after being diagnosed with lupus.

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ROCKERS TO LOSE JUNKANOO CROWN? Furious Knights ‘hopeful’ after appealing results

THE results of the New Year’s Day Junkanoo parade in Grand Bahama could change as an appeal hearing over the unofficial results was held on Monday by officials of the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee.

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‘Jobless numbers need to get real’

WHILE admitting unemployment is largely a private sector problem, Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants president Gowon Bowe said yesterday newly released jobs statistics cannot be used as an indicator of the country’s economic performance.

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Christie dismisses ‘foolish’ Fyre claim

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday rejected claims made by an event producer in a recent documentary that referenced payment demands by Bahamian officials for the ill-fated Fyre Festival.

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Daily struggle to make ends meet

FINDING $50 to pay rent is a weekly challenge for Charmaine Brooks.

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We gotta get out of this place

DISGRUNTLED employees of the Department of Social Services’ outreach centre on Wulff Road refused to work yesterday due to the infestation of mould, rats and roaches in the building.

Hepburn takes lead in National Bowling Squad trials

ALCONDO ‘Al’ Hepburn drew ‘first blood’ as he took a modest lead in the Bahamas Bowling Federation’s 2019 National Bowling Squad trials that got underway at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Center on Monday night.

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SpaceX to build Mars spaceship prototypes in Texas

SpaceX said last week that it will build test versions of its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles in another blow to the local economy that comes days after the company announced massive layoffs.

Spain: Taxi drivers threaten to take strike to French border

Taxi drivers striking to demand tighter regulations for companies using ride-hailing apps blocked traffic for another day in Spain’s two major cities yesterday, while threatening to take their protest to the French border.

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Driverless shuttle to make Utah debut at state Capitol

A driverless public shuttle is expected to make its Utah debut this year as state officials test the possibilities of autonomous vehicles.

Rule it out of court

Opening of the courts - is it necessary to have the full ceremony in Nassau to be repeated in Freeport? Once the courts are opened in Nassau the Ccourts in Freeport are. Likewise? What is the cost for travel, etc, of all of demand officials?

Suspicious donations

ZNS News ran a story recently which was a blatant spin on the truth of the story implying RBC donated $10,000.00 when it was not RBC donating anything, but the RBC employees.

Hubert Ingraham was a man ahead of his time

After Andrew Jackson won the US Presidential Election in 1828, Senator William L Marcy of New York coined the famous phrase: “to the victor belong the spoils.”

EDITORIAL: Fyre which burnt too many

THERE is an old saying about success having many fathers – and if that’s the case, then the Fyre Festival is the loneliest of orphans.

BADC: ‘Athletes must make themselves available for Out of Competition Testing’

IN an effort to ensure that all Bahamian athletes are aware of their rights as it pertains to anti-doping, the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission said it’s important that they are compliant.

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Productivity increase ‘number one priority’

The National Tripartite Council’s “number one priority” is to have draft productivity legislation and standards ready for tabling in Parliament by June, its chairman said yesterday.

Aaron Levarity turning heads in NAIA

COACH Bill Robinson liked what he saw from Grand Bahamian Aaron Levarity during their Milligan College Buffaloes men’s campaign in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Fighting Tigers earn 47-32 win over Lions

With the regular season winding down in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association, teams were jockeying for the final four spots in the junior girls and boys divisions yesterday.

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VSEP packages at Grand Lucayan could go back several years

VOLUNTARY separation packages for line staff at the Grand Lucayan resort could include monies owed to some hotel employees for several years, according to Labour Minister Dion Foulkes.

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I didn't see vessel coming, says retired boat captain

A RETIRED boat captain yesterday claimed he did not see the small vessel a 73-year-old man and two others were on when the yacht he was skippering, said to be owned by Sandals Resorts founder Gordon “Butch” Stewart, ran them over killing the elderly man four years ago.

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CCTV, drone and bodycam initiatives rolling out

AFTER months of discussion and review, the government will today enter into an agreement for a ShotSpotter system, the first of four technology-based crime fighting tools scheduled for a 2019 roll out.

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Short-list for commissioner role at Department of Correctional Services

THE Minnis administration is down to a short-list of candidates for the role of commissioner at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS), National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday.

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Deal for serviced lots in Fox Hill likely to get passed

GOVERNMENT is expected to move a resolution in the House of Assembly today seeking approval for the conveyance of 1.2 acres of land in Fox Hill to be developed for sale as serviced lots.

Cooler weather heading our way on Friday

COOLER temperatures are expected to linger as as another cold front is expected to move in on Friday, said Basil Dean, chief meteorologist at the Department of Meteorology.

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Economy faces ‘real climb’ to dent unemployment rate

The Bahamas must see “a real climb in GDP growth” to at least 2.5 percent every year to break the cycle of double digit unemployment rates, a governance reformer warned yesterday.

Portable pensions, redundancy fund under exploration

Portable worker pensions and creating a National Redundancy Fund are among the reforms being eyed by the National Tripartite Committee’s strategic plan, it was revealed yesterday.

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‘No one went bust’ from Fyre Festival

Exuma’s Chamber of Commerce president yesterday said he did not know of any Bahamian companies that “went out of business” due to the Fyre Festival fiasco.

New Dasani bottle plants its environmental roots

The Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC) has launched a new environmentally-friendly bottle for its Dasani mineral water range.

Chamber pledges to boost ties with govt over labour

The Minister of Labour and newly-appointed Chamber of Commerce chief executive have both pledged to strengthen their organisations’ partnership for the benefit of workers and businesses alike.

Govt hails youth jobless reduction

The Minister of Labour yesterday said the government was “extremely pleased” that youth unemployment appeared to be trending downward based on the latest official data.

Aspiring entrepreneurs rewarded for innovation

Aspiring Eleuthera entrepreneurs have been rewarded for their ideas after participating in the Centre for Training and Innovation’s “The Next Boss” competition.

DNA to govt: ‘Get your act together’

THE Democratic National Alliance (DNA) yesterday urged the government to “get its act together” and either implement a job-creating economic growth strategy or “vacate office”.

Tuesday, January 22

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FACE TO FACE: Nurse Ophelia - a legacy to be proud of

It was such a pleasure as well as an eye-opening experience sitting face to face with a centenarian who could converse with me, smile with me and sing with me. She reminded me of the simpler things in life. She helped me to put things in perspective and consider what really matters in old age – family who love you, spend time with you and are willing to take care of you - and a legacy that they can be proud of.

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Foulkes announces pre-inspection for Japanese cars

THE Bahamas is set to become the second country in the region to embrace pre-shipment inspection of used vehicles for road safety, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes announced yesterday.

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Former PLP minister Ervin Knowles dies

OPPOSITION leader Philip “Brave” Davis paid tribute to Ervin Knowles, a former Cabinet minister in the Pindling administration who died over the weekend after a long illness.

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I'm a victim of festival fiasco too, says rapper

RAPPER Ja Rule has portrayed himself as a victim after streaming services Netflix and Hulu released their Fyre Festival documentaries last week.

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Turnquest confirms Fyre customs duties have been paid

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday confirmed some $175,000 in customs duties owed by Fyre Festival organisers for imported food and water have been settled.

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Buju Banton's legal team unhappy with attacks on activist Greene

BUJU Banton’s legal team has reached out to Erin Greene to distance the artist from attacks she has endured after saying the reggae star’s song “Boom Bye Bye” should not be played at his concert here in March.

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Bahamian man and 31 illegal immigrants charged in Freeport

A Bahamian man and 31 illegal immigrants who were picked up in waters off Bimini were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court with breach of the Immigration Act.

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DPM: Politics won’t govern our reforms

The deputy prime minister yesterday conceded that the government will not reap “any immediate political benefits” from much-needed reforms to eliminate structural economic bottlenecks.

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New roles fail to halt jobless rise

THE country’s unemployment rate has increased since November 2018 despite the addition of just over 2,300 jobs to the labour force.

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Nygard given final court deadline

A Supreme Court judge has given fashion mogul Peter Nygard one last chance to explain himself in court over his failure to appear on two occasions to be sentenced for breaching a court order prohibiting him from engaging in any illegal dredging near his Lyford Cay home.

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AMAZING COURAGE OF EXUMA BOAT BLAST VICTIM: I don’t want to stay like this... I gotta keep trying

FOR 22-year-old American dancer turned double amputee Stefanie Schaffer, the trauma stemming from last summer’s deadly Exuma tour boat explosion has not subsided.

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Labour Day driver - eight new charges

A voluntary bill of indictment was served on Travis Lamar Sawyer yesterday, the driver of the truck which mowed into a crowd during last year’s Labour Day parade, with some eight counts of causing harm by negligence being added to his list of charges.

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PMH dismisses social media rumours

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital yesterday defended the integrity of its hygienic practices against social media rumours that surgical equipment is being hand washed.

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DNA calls for expert tests on BCB’s IT system

IN the wake of hackers demanding a ransom from the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is calling for a “comprehensive vulnerability and penetration test” to determine areas of weakness within the BCB’s IT system.

Anti-auto dumping initiative ‘can’t price out Bahamians’

Auto industry players yesterday expressed mixed views on the government’s move to protect Bahamian consumers and prevent the country from becoming a wrecked vehicle “dumping ground”.

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Acing organic skincare

As Jessica Greene was shopping in preparation for the birth of her son, she was horrified to discover how many baby products contained not only harmful chemicals but also ingredients believed to cause cancer in some cases. Following this troubling revelation she started to research and got to work creating natural skincare products for her newborn, everything from baby wash and shampoo to wipes.

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Parents of autistic children launch fundraiser for special needs trip

PARENTS of autistic students have launched their own fundraising initiative to help defray the cost of an upcoming trip to a special needs centre in Hollywood, Florida, for further therapy and expert insight.

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Ten questions to ask yourself

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

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Innovative treatments for overactive bladder

Overactive bladder and urinary incontinence/leak affects thousands of Bahamian men, women and children.

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Rape is violence, do not be mistaken!

Art instillation explores devastation caused by forced sexual encounters

The lingering impact of violence is long and cross-generational.

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A slice of luxury and heritage to take home

Catherine Gagnon is on a mission to beautify homes of Bahamians with luxurious locally made décor pieces.

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Career woman conquers ‘boys club’ industry

Eldri Ferguson-Mackey is a master of the transition

Marketing guru Eldri Ferguson-Mackey knew it would take more than sheer determination and fortitude to get ahead in the male-dominated world of telecommunications. So, for more than a decade she has given it her all – she worked harder, smarter and longer hours than most around her. And she did with a smile on her face.

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THE PRESS BOX: ‘The numbers don’t lie, Pacquiao won’

I’VE been a boxing aficionado my entire life.

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Roker has double double in 78-74 win over Panthers

CANADIAN colleges and universities continued with their second weekend of play out of the holiday break at both the U-Sports and Canadian Colleges Athletic Association levels.

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‘The Tank’ knocks out Miller in 2nd round

AFTER a relatively unchallenged win in Colombia, Bahamian heavyweight boxer Sherman “The Tank” Williams now has his sights set on the Universal Boxing Organisation title.

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Stars suffer 59-3 loss to the Big Red Machine

The Bahamas Academy Stars wished that their junior girls’ game against the Big Red Machine at St Augustine’s College yesterday was over quicker than the regulation time.

It's far too easy for those sloops

Haitian migrant sloops yet again on the headlines but what we should be looking at and investigating is the coincidence of the timing of one-two-three-four Haitian migrant sloops being able to enter the territorial waters of The Bahamas and sail virtually 50% of the length and not a soul Royal Bahamas Defence Force or Police or Immigration saw them?

For the love of Joe

No one was robbed in East Street, not a single gunshot was fired in Pinewood, no one died in Fox Hill and in Bain and Grants town all the children did was play. Parents are thanking God for the way their sons are turning their lives around. Police are being seen as allies and are welcomed into the neighbourhoods. 2019 is shaping into the year we are praying it would be.

EDITORIAL: Time's up – we have to take action

Some realities are harder to digest than others. For Bahamians to whom conch is as much a staple as bread, the reality that the population of the mollusc is declining at an alarming rate and may be gone in 10-15 years if we continue to consume at the current rate is not easy to stomach.

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Third man facing murder charge

A third man was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the country’s second murder of the year.

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Man charged with using rusty cutlass in robbery attempt

A 29-year-old man was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations he choked and attempted to kill a woman on whom he used a rusty cutlass to rob of her cellphone last week.

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No new date yet for Oban meeting

LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes yesterday said no new date has been finalised for a meeting with Oban Energies to renegotiate the Heads of Agreement for its controversial $5.5 billion oil refinery and storage terminal on Grand Bahama.

‘Firing on same engine’ over new labour plans

The National Tripartite Council’s just-unveiled three-year strategic plan yesterday met with approval from employers and unions alike, who agreed: “We must change the way we do business.”

GB revival to ‘relieve major job pressure’

Reviving Grand Bahama’s economy will “relieve tremendous pressure” on the rest of The Bahamas, the deputy prime minister said yesterday, following the unemployment rate’s rise to 10.7 percent.

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NAD gains 20 year extension to LPIA lease

The Nassau Airport Development Company’s (NAD) lease to manage Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) has been extended by a further 20 years to 2057, it was disclosed yesterday.

Ex-Bar chief: Business ease score ‘disgraceful’

THE Bahamas must take “serious corrective action” to improve its “disgraceful” 118th ease of doing business ranking, a former Bar Association chief arguing that poor dispute resolution was a key factor.

Ex-Bar chief in WTO warning

THE Bahamas must carefully assess whether it would benefit from the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) much-touted dispute resolution processes, an ex-Bar Association chief is warning.

John Watling’s in US export launch

John Watling’s Distillery has marked the start of 2019 by exporting its namesake rum to the US and selling it online via its website.

Planning a fresh for a future Bahamas

A Chamber director urges the nation to lay the foundations for growth beyond tourism and financial services

Planning is one of the most underrated features of success. In many instances, an idea -be it good or bad - should always be paired with a plan.

Cruise lines aids future mariners

Royal Caribbean Cruises has given two recent graduates of the Lowell Jason Mortimer (LJM) Maritime Academy full-tuition scholarships to the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

‘Revolutionise Cat Island hospitality’ for under $6m

A Bahamian real estate firm believes the two resorts and one private island it has listed for sale for collectively less than $6m “can revolutionise the hospitality industry on Cat Island”.

Auto dealers ‘up the ante’

NEW auto dealers have “upped the ante” in efforts to attract consumers and prevent cheaper imports from undercutting their business, the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) chief said yesterday.

BAMSI confirms structure revamp

The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) has confirmed it is revamping its business model by exiting the food retail sector to focus solely on wholesale activities.

High-end realtor in ‘slight’ sales growth

A high-end Bahamian realtor says it enjoyed a “slight increase” in sales volumes last year compared to 2017, with average prices ranging from $1.4m to $1.55m.

Standards Bureau aims to expand ‘bread and butter’

THE Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) yesterday said it is aiming to expand its “bread and butter” after achieving 86 percent of the targets in its last strategic plan.

Bahamas takes over major Florida mall

The Bahamas has taken over one of South Florida’s major shopping malls for a four-week tourism promotion.

Monday, January 21

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Monday, 21st January, 2019.

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Bryan Morseman wins full marathon

The 10th edition of Sunshine Insurance’s Marathon Bahamas Race Weekend produced a new course record and once again received rave reviews from both local and international participants.

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INSIGHT: Beware - your own lawyer could land you in trouble

THE Court of Appeal’s president has ruled Supreme Court judges should hold accused people liable for any misconduct exhibited in court by their attorney.

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Big projects progressing well, says Turnquest

MAJOR capital work projects estimated at over $30 million on Grand Bahama are progressing well and nearing completion it was noted as Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest and Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson, along with other parliamentarians, toured three project sites on Friday.

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Humane Society appeals for help after motorist crashes into wall

Seven cats killed after dogs escape from their enclosures

THE Bahamas Humane Society is seeking financial assistance from the public in repairing one of its walls after a motorist crashed into it and fled the scene yesterday morning, scaring some of the dogs who escaped their enclosures and killed seven cats on site.

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Thousands raised for restauranteur after Fyre Festival documentary

A NETFLIX documentary chronicling the failed Fyre Festival has created a bonanza for Maryann Rolle, 55, a restauranteur whose story of losing thousands of dollars when the festival collapsed in 2017 resonated with viewers.

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Convicted killer's retrial ordered

THE Court of Appeal has ordered a man be retried for murdering a former “most wanted” suspect eight years ago because of its “uneasiness” about the unreliability of a police sketch and other “inadmissible material” that ultimately led to his conviction.

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Officers sued over illegal detention

A MAN is suing the commissioner of police and three of his subordinates after police detained him for almost three days for having an illegal firearm and ammunition, which was later discovered to have possibly been planted by two of the officers who subsequently fabricated evidence to suggest they caught him with it.

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'Don't blame us for Fyre fiasco'

NEW documentaries have renewed focus on the failed Fyre Festival of 2017, but former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe still backed the government’s involvement in the lead-up to the fiasco yesterday, telling The Tribune: “We did all the right things.”

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CLIMBDOWN? Webshops set to win deal on new tax rates

The web shop industry’s “sliding scale” tax structure could be cut to just two bands with much lower rates under new proposals being considered by the Government.

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Shooting and stabbing victims in hospital

TWO Grand Bahama men are in hospital after one was shot and the other stabbed during an argument on the island yesterday.

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Police discover illegal firearm after car chase

GRAND Bahama police are searching for a male driver after a traffic stop led to a police chase which ended in a crash and the discovery of an illegal firearm in Freeport.

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Buddy beats buzzer!

THE breakout season for Buddy Hield continues as he added another milestone to his résumé with his first buzzer-beating game-winner of his NBA career.

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Aliv targets summer 2019 for ‘break even’

Aliv is targeting summer 2019 for its operations to hit “break even” through $50-$60m in annual revenues, as it unveiled plans to “double down” on investment in its mobile network.

NCAA Track Indoors: Athletes shine on circuit

THE NCAA Track and Field Indoor season continues and in addition to the D-1 collegians, several senior elite athletes were also in competition on the circuit.

Munnings reaches 1,000 career points, 800 rebounds

THE weekend featured milestones, career highs and several teams that got back into the win column for Bahamians in NCAA Division I basketball.

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GAIN AN EDGE: Chasing the dream is no accident, just design

Having the perseverance to dive deep into one’s passion bringing it to life can lead to wondrous possibilities. This was the case for Tonique Farrington, whose love for fashion started to blossom at a young age.

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'Good communications are critical in a democracy'

“COMMUNICATIONS,” explained Erica Wells, government’s newly appointed Communications Director, “is a central and critical function of government in a democracy. It fosters transparency and accountability and enhances citizen participation. It is essential for good governance.”

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WORLD VIEW: The OAS dangerously in disarray

OVER the last few days there has been a serious overreach by Luis Almagro of the authority he has as Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

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INSIGHT: We have deeply rooted issues we need to face and deal with

AFTER Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell made crass comments about the increase in rapes in 2018, thousands of us must have had to pick our jaws up off the floor as he ignored his ministry’s role – deeming it an issue that falls solely under national security.

EDITORIAL: Stalemate as senators look ahead to the ballot box

The US, with its government shutdown, is now a disorderly democracy. Blatant disrespect between its executive and legislative branches of government is rampant. If only America had a parliamentary system that could provide some relief in the form of an emphatic vote of no confidence in its inadequate president.

My concerns for the year just starting

Concerns as we start a New Year?

The Grand Bahama driver who is more like Robin Hood

IN response to being called a PLP crony and cast as a “thief”, Grand Bahama bus driver Kevin Ferguson denied the latter characterising himself as ‘Robin Hood’ – a person with a “big heart” who shares what he has with his poor fellow Bahamians.

New controller, really big stick

I hear there’s a new sheriff in town and rumour has it, he’s got a really big stick.

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Ex-AG: ‘IBCs are not dead’

A former attorney general has called for an “upgrading” of the Companies Act while rejecting arguments that recent reforms meant the “death of international business companies”.

Anti-WTO activist: Govt ‘sugarcoating’

An anti-World Trade Organisation (WTO) activist has accused the Government of “sugarcoating” its benefits, urging it to instead pursue a bilateral trade deal with the US.

Sunday, January 20

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Man dies after crash on JFK Drive

A man is dead after a car crash on JFK Drive in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Saturday, January 19

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Police recover firearms, drugs in separate incidents

Two men are in custody after police recovered three illegal firearms and a quantity of dangerous drugs in three separate incidents on Thursday and Friday.

Friday, January 18

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Friday, 18th January, 2019.

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Frank Smith's attorney criticises prosecutors

PROSECUTORS in the extortion and bribery trial of Frank Smith erred when they failed to interview former Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis and analyse the alleged role Smith played in awarding Barbara Hanna a $500,000 annual Public Hospitals Authority contract, according to Keith Knight, QC, Smith’s lead attorney.

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Pop-up farmer's market re-opening announced

BAHAMAS Agricultural & Industrial Corporation Executive Chairman Michael Foulkes announced yesterday the re-opening of the pop-up farmer’s market.

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Fyre Festival producer 'was willing to perform sexual favours' to save event

FYRE Festival organizers were so desperate to salvage the doomed luxury event that one producer said he was willing perform sexual favours on a Customs official.

Two religious leaders named 'Persons of the Year'

TWO well-known religious leaders were on Friday declared Jones Communications’ Persons of the Year 2018 for significant contributions to their churches and the Bahamas.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Hey Frankie, you know what your department does, right?

Where do I start this week? It’s been a veritable smorgasbord of material, courtesy of the present administration.

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Renew CEO tells court he was not working in scrapyard

RENEW Bahamas CEO Michael Cox denied he was sitting on heavy equipment or that he was working at a local scrap yard when immigration officials arrested him last year.

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We are all within travel budget, promises Minnis

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday could not specify when his administration will release a report detailing officials’ travel expenditure, but vowed all ministers have stayed within their allotted travel budget.

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BTC chief: We must ‘bottom out’ in 2019

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) top executive yesterday said it needs “to act like the market leader it is”, while warning that mobile subscriber losses must “bottom out” in 2019.

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‘Bad back’ Nygard misses day in the dock

SUPREME Court Justice Indra Charles yesterday recused herself from Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard’s contempt of court sentencing.

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Buju welcome but song’s ‘bye, bye’

AS a local promotion company ramps up advertisements for a Buju Banton concert, one prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist says as long as the Jamaican reggae star ignores his most controversial song, Boom Bye Bye, his performance should not be opposed.

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Hanna ‘frustrated’ but not lying

ONE day after admitting star witness Barbara Hanna made mistakes in her testimony, prosecutors in the Frank Smith bribery and extortion trial yesterday sought to repair her credibility, while also highlighting case elements they say prove the accused solicited payments for influencing Hanna’s receipt of a $500,000 contract.

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Former police officer loses appeal on fatal shooting

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of a former police officer convicted of manslaughter in 2017 after killing a man while on duty.

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NPO draft bill not set in stone, says AG Bethel

THE LATEST iteration of the stalled Non-Profit Organisations Bill features a simplified registration form and allows for umbrella organisations and federations to register on behalf of affiliates.

A new space for young Christians to mix and mingle

Giving Bahamians a place where they can mix, mingle and enjoy good, clean fun in a faith-based environment is the goal of a new venue in Nassau called The Christian Lounge.

‘Fabulous Wives’ host prayer breakfast to promote faith in marriage

It has become an annual tradition for members of the Fabulous Wives Club to dedicate the organisation’s first session in January to God with a prayer breakfast.

Alike but not the same – Asking the hard questions – Part I

2019 is now about three weeks old and I bet you have that familiar feeling that things are exactly as they were last year. Perhaps true, but life can be totally different, depending on questions we ask and how we answer them.

Blessed Absalom Jones offering to assist Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and University

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians to deepen their participation in Christ’s ministry of reconciliation by dedicating offerings at observances of the Feast of Absalom Jones to support the two remaining Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs): St Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Caroline.

Things to stop doing in 2019 and beyond Part I

1. Stop spending time with the wrong people

Praying for a better year

There are congregations who are praying fervently for this nation to be healed and delivered. Some have all-night vigils. Others have a typed prayer to be used at every service for a full year.

Spiritual warfare – Pulling down strongholds

My theme today is extremely important because it is relevant to all of us, and indicates how we can rely upon our relationship with God to overcome the evil intentions of Satan.

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Ayton posts double-double in 111-109 loss to Raptors

TORONTO (AP) — Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Devin Booker scored 30 points and Kelly Oubre Jr scored 18 for the Phoenix Suns in a 111-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors last night.

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Godfrey makes immediate impact for Bearcats

GODFREY Rolle has had a seamless transition to NCAA Division II basketball and has been an immediate impact player for the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats.

‘It was a good run’ for Jacobi Bain at 55th Coffee Bowl

JACOBI Bain opened his 2019 season on the ITF Junior Circuit at the 55th Coffee Bowl in San Jose, Costa Rica.

NCAA Indoors: Track and field athletes have ‘impressive’ division one debuts

THE NCAA Track & Field Indoor season is underway and after a series of impressive debuts at the Division I level, several Bahamian athletes look to continue that trend this weekend with their new programmes.

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Tank: ‘I’m just going to impose my will on him’

Just hours away from fight night, Sherman “Tank” Williams is set to begin an active 2019 campaign on a winning note.

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‘Buddy’ cans 24 in loss to Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chavanno “Buddy” Hield led the Sacramento Kings with 24 points, including six three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough as Kemba Walker scored 23 - surpassing 11,000 for his career - and the Charlotte Hornets got the 114-95 win last night.

Don't underestimate those US presidents

Richard Coulson in his Business Bites opinion piece said that only two US presidents were chronic womanisers: Bill Clinton and Jack Kennedy.

We must keep our flexibility

I have long argued that those advocating fixed election dates and term limits on the office of Prime Minister really do not have a clue of the very basics of what Westminster democracy is and how it operates. Rather, they are simply taking cues from superficially corresponding elements of a fundamentally very different US system.

EDITORIAL: It may be time to tell the blacklisters - enough is enough

The sudden announcement of the visit to Europe this week of a delegation led by the Prime Minister has prompted much comment and speculation.

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A warm welcome for an unexpected guest

THE MS Oriana made an unscheduled visit to Freeport with over 1,700 passengers yesterday as part of a 35-night Caribbean and Central American cruise.

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Grand Lucayan workers will get what they deserve – PM

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday addressed the Grand Lucayan severance pay dispute, saying his administration is “law-abiding” and will ensure those employees who are eligible will receive what they are entitled to.

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Pair admit guilt in series of theft offences

TWO men were sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to a number of serious offences in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Bank donates $10,000 to Over-the-Hill projects

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis accepted a donation of $10,000 yesterday from Royal Bank of Canada on behalf of the Over-the-Hill Community Development Foundation.

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BTC to 'radically attack' Cable on TV, Internet hold

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is planning to “radically attack” Cable Bahamas’ internet and TV dominance, having slashed new subscriber waiting time by 80 percent.

Development Bank targets 'alternative funding' sources

The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) was yesterday said to be "in the early days of exploring" whether private investment and public deposits are feasible alternative funding sources.

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Concern on Out Island approvals for construction

A Bahamian architect yesterday expressed concern that Family Island construction projects were being approved by persons lacking the necessary expertise, with the process susceptible to corruption.

Govt approves $3.7bn in FDI

THE Government has approved some $3.7bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) projects since taking office in mid-2017, the prime minister said yesterday.

IAN FERGUSON: Positive reinforcement can go a long way

Every diligent and hardworking employee deserves praise and appreciation. The more positive reinforcement that leaders and managers give to team members, the more productive they become. Today we list ten simple suggestions for rewarding high-performing employees and teams:

NHI’s instant 170,000 expansion if go-ahead

The proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme could rapidly expand to 160,000-170,000 beneficiaries once given the go-ahead due to technology reforms already in process.

PM dismisses PLP’s eu ‘grovelling’ claim

THE PRIME Minister yesterday dismissed Opposition claims that his meetings with European Union (EU) officials made it appear as if The Bahamas was “grovelling” to their demands.

WTO accession ‘won’t be at people’s expense’

Full membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will not be achieved “at the expense of the Bahamian people”, the Government’s director of trade pledged yesterday.

PM pledges to tackle taxi drivers’ concerns

The prime minister yesterday said he had warned taxi drivers that The Bahamas “cannot afford any instability” as he pledged to address concerns that sparked recent industrial action.

Thursday, January 17

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Thursday, 17th January, 2019.

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Passenger banned after jumping from cruise ship in Nassau

A ROYAL Caribbean passenger has been banned from the cruise line for life after jumping off the 11th floor of a Symphony of the Seas ship that was docked in Nassau.

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Britain's Prince Philip, Queen's husband, in car accident

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says the 97-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, has been in a car accident but wasn't injured.

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Minnis right to go on EU visit, says Turnquest

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest defended Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ travel to meet European Union officials after former Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell attacked the trip.

Auto dealer optimism up despite 13% drop

New auto dealers are shrugging off last year’s 13 percent sales slump to take a “more optimistic” view of 2019 amid hopes that the budget’s duty cut benefits will finally “kick-in”.

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Marijuana move could take years

THE Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana (BNCM) is expected to deliver its first draft to the government by April but any implementation concerning the “business of marijuana” could take years, rotarians were told yesterday.

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Bonus scam firings on hold for police probe

MINISTRY of Education officials were to meet with investigators of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Anti-Corruption Unit yesterday to discuss the parameters of a probe into suspected collusion among employees who are believed to have defrauded the government of almost $450,000.

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Campbell apologises for rape remarks

AFTER he was roundly criticised for his “unbelievable” remarks when questioned about a rise in reported rapes, Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell has apologised for his “insensitive” comments.

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University did not provide enough training, says union

THE union representing lecturers at the University of The Bahamas has hit out at the institution’s president Rodney Smith, who blamed late submission of grades by faculty as one of the reasons for long registration lines earlier this month.

Gun owners urged to renew licences

MORE than 700 licenced firearm holders were registered in 2018 on Grand Bahama and police are urging those who have failed to the meet the deadline for renewal of their licences to do so immediately.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Never underestimate the Power of One

Long before he became the latest iteration of superhuman James Bond 007, actor Daniel Craig debuted in an often overlooked movie called The Power of One.

Another tech company gets go-ahead to operate in Grand Bahama

ANOTHER technology company has been approved by the government under the Commercial Enterprises Act to operate a software development firm in Grand Bahama.

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‘Owning Grand Lucayan an investment in our economy’

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday told critics that the government’s decision to temporarily own the Grand Lucayan was an “investment” toward the overall health of the economy.

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Murder trial adjourned

A CASE management hearing ahead of the murder trial of Leo Roderick Johnson has been adjourned until January 23.

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‘Tremendous shock’ closer for deadbeat Bahamian borrowers

Delinquent Bahamian borrowers were yesterday warned to urgently get their finances in order after the Central Bank selected the preferred bidder for this nation’s first-ever credit bureau.

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‘We have lost a legend’

The local sailing community lost one of the most iconic names of the sport when Eleazor Johnson died Wednesday morning. He was 79 years old.

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Minor leaguers D’Shawn, Kristian on ‘most underhyped prospect’ list

BAHAMIAN minor league baseball players continue to get recognition from acclaimed media outlets for their projected progression through the league.

Isn't it best to rely on public to call police?

THIS ShotSpotter Alert system the Minister of National Security talks about - searched high and low, I don’t see a RFP for that - was there one as is required?

Our next Chief Justice decision is a slam dunk

There has to be further concern that we are still without a confirmed Chief Justice - we hear from learned Attorneys and last week the plea from the currently Acting Chief Justice that this is untenable, but why does the Prime Minister continue to refuse to approve?

High school basketballers jostle for spot in the playoffs

THE high school basketball season is winding down in both the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools and Government Secondary Schools Sports Association as senior boys’ teams jostle for playoff position and final seeding.

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China’s Zecheng Dou wins Tour opener

GREAT EXUMAS, Bahamas (AP) — Zecheng Dou birdied the final three holes yesterday for a two-stroke victory in the Tour’s season-opening Bahamas Great Exuma Classic.

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THE New Providence Women’s Basketball Association’s top seeds were in action Tuesday night with the last undefeated team adding another win and the second place team attempting to keep pace.

Unions should have some perspective over Minnis bailout

The Free National Movement (FNM) administration of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has taken plenty criticism for going out on a limb and purchasing the Grand Lucayan Resort for an estimated $65 million from Cheung Long (Ck) Property Holdings, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa.

EDITORIAL: Good appointment – stop playing politics

IN his first press conference for the new year, Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis, gave tongue-in-cheek congratulations to a competent young Bahamian woman journalist who the Minnis government had just named as its Director of Communications.

Education the key for 2019 Junior Junkanoo Parade

THE National Junkanoo Committee announced yesterday this year’s Junior Junkanoo parade will commence on January 31 at 6pm on Bay Street.

Police hunt armed robbers

NEW Providence police are searching for two men responsible for an armed robbery that occurred yesterday.

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ECASC president leads federations at joint meeting in Colombia

BURKET Dorsett, the president of the English Speaking Softball Confederation, led the ECASC federations in a collaborative effort with the federations of Latin America, the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean Canada, the United States and all members of WBSC Americas softball for a joint meeting in Cartagena, Colombia.

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PLP’s chairman criticises the lack of support for Venezuela’s new president

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman and Senator Fred Mitchell has criticised the country’s decision to vote against the recognition of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro’s second term.

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Two New Year babies welcomed into the world

Doctors Hospital celebrated the promise of a new year by proudly welcoming two precious new lives into the world.

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Taylor Industries employees: ‘Customers knew more than us’

Former staff yesterday described Taylor Industries slide towards closure as “the most stressful thing we’ve been through”, adding: “The customers knew more about it than us.”

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‘Grave concern’ on PM’s Europe visit

A Bahamian financial services provider yesterday said “every member of the sector should be quite concerned” about what the prime minister’s European trip means for the industry.

DPM to help install GB chamber board

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) will swear in its new president and 2019 executive board at their annual installation ceremony to be held tomorrow night.

Save conch by ending illegal harvest practices

BAHAMIAN fishermen yesterday said curbing illegal and unregulated conch harvesting methods is key to supply sustainability, saying: “If we don’t get a handle on this, we’re finished.”

Contractors eyeing industry ‘clean up’

BAHAMIAN contractors yesterday said they expect to be in a better position to compete with foreign rivals and “clean up” the industry’s image with the enforcement of the Contractors Bill.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Judging a book by cover design

A book cover’s design is the most important feature if you want a best-seller, as it makes first impression with readers. If the cover does not stand out, you can almost guarantee your book will not be first choice on the shelves. Given that there are many books hitting the market, a striking cover can make the difference between a “hit” and a “flop”.

Wednesday, January 16

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‘SIMPLE MISTAKE’ AT HEART OF TRIAL: Crown claims key Smith witness got vital date wrong

THE Crown’s lead attorney in the extortion and bribery trial of Frank Smith has suggested that star witness Barbara Hanna’s indication that she met with the accused in March of 2016 after she was awarded a cleaning contract was nothing more than a “simple mistake,” stunning the court Wednesday with the admission that the prosecution’s case was built around this error in the record.

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Wednesday, 16th January, 2018.

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CULTURE CLASH: Failing families - an easy scapegoat for all our problems

The “breakdown of the family” has been blamed for everything from national examination results to the murder rate. There is generally no data to support the claims when they are made, but we largely agree something is wrong with the home environment. The family is a small, foundational unit that helps to shape many other groups, so it is logical to assume it affects them, doesn’t it?

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New pilot requirements ‘quite close’, says minister

AVIATION regulators are “quite close” to the introduction of new pilot licencing requirements, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.

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Sands: We’ll have to work hard to solve any impasse

HEALTH Minister Duane Sands has said the government and Bahamas Nurses Union will have to “work aggressively” to move beyond the current impasse in negotiations.

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Cabinet may make NHI decision before budget

CABINET could make a decision on the future of National Health Insurance before the next budget cycle, according to a hopeful Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

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DPM blasts ‘unpatriotic’ 35% devaluation claim

The deputy prime minister yesterday slammed “false rumours” of a 35 percent currency devaluation and second VAT hike as “unpatriotic” for threatening The Bahamas’ economic stability.

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ZNS cyber attack was predicted

POLICE have sought assistance from “international partners” after radio servers at ZNS were hacked for ransom on Monday.

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‘THROW IT OUT - WITNESS LIED’: Defence insists evidence shows Smith’s innocent

THE lead attorney for former PLP Senator Frank Smith has called on a judge to throw out the case against his client, as he branded the key witness in the matter a liar whose claims cannot be used as evidence that would safely lead to a conviction.

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Felix to sue over university sacking

THE University of The Bahamas has fired Professor Felix Bethel, setting the stage for a potentially ugly legal battle. Mr Bethel, scheduled to teach a class last Saturday, was denied entry to the university’s Michael Eldon Complex.

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$160k - you can give it to charity

AN anonymous international donor has bestowed more than $168,000 to five Bahamian charities, in an act described as “a gift of generosity straight from the heart”.

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Auditor’s report - now there is action

A DAY after insisting he had no knowledge of a probe uncovering collusion by employees to defraud the government of nearly $450,000 in a department under his purview, Education Minister Jeff Lloyd told The Tribune the matter is under “active” investigation.

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Nashad looks for strong finish in return to court for Eagles

THIS season with the Embry-Riddle Eagles men’s basketball programme has been a year of transition for Nashad Mackey but he looks for a strong finish in his recent return to the court.

The year when we build each other up

LAST week all of the newspapers front pages were ablaze with both the commissioner of the police force Mr Anthony Ferguson and the minister of defence Mr Marvin Dames touting the success in the reduction of crime in 2018, especially the decrease in the murder rate. I might have missed it and stand to be corrected but not once did I hear them give thanks to God for the hand he had in the country’s fight against satan’s onslaught on our youth.

Why we should listen to the conch

One last question...

Expect single lane closures on East Bay Street for seven days

MOTORISTS travelling on East Bay Street have been warned to expect single lane closures as roadwork resumes on the street today.

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Prisoner escapes – but is soon caught

A PRISONER escaped the Department of Correctional Services on Saturday, but was quickly captured and returned, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday.

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Two face charges of armed robbery in Grand Bahama

TWO men were charged with armed robbery in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Mavin Saunders on the grid for 2019 NFL Draft

Mavin Saunders’ preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft has taken him across the United States to bowl games and showcases as he looks to increase his stock at the professional level.

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Pair in court over murder charge

TWO men were charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the country’s second murder of the year.

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Runway lights rerouted to Marsh Harbour

REPLACEMENT runway lights earmarked for Acklins and Crooked Island have been rerouted and used to address lighting issues at the nation’s second busiest airport – the Leonard M Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

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Buddy needs your vote for 3-Pt Contest

BUDDY Hield is having a breakout season as one of the NBA’s most improved players and the local media in Sacramento is galvanising support for his bid to the 2019 Three-Point Contest on All-Star Weekend.

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NPBA: UB Mingoes, Breezes High Flyers in the win column

THE University of the Bahamas Mingoes and Breezes High Flyers scored wins in New Providence Basketball Association play on Monday night.

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Majority Rule Basketball Tournament winners in spotlight

THE Temple Christian Suns retained their mini boys and primary girls titles as the Freedom Baptist Academy’s sixth annual Majority Rule Basketball Tournament concluded over the weekend.

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Grand Bahama police appeal for witnesses after shooting

POLICE in Grand Bahama are following significant leads into the island’s first murder for 2019 and are appealing to persons to come forward with any information that can further assist them.

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Not my area - Campbell dodges rape increase questions

SOCIAL Services Minister Frankie Campbell yesterday dodged questions from the media over his ministry’s efforts to address the six percent increase in rapes last year.

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Financial services to ‘come back stronger’

The deputy prime minister yesterday admitted there may be “some initial contraction” as the Bahamian financial services sector adjusts to its new regulatory regime, but expressed confidence it will ultimately “come back stronger”.

EDITORIAL: Real transparency, real accountability

THERE are times when a question is raised by politicians of The Tribune: why do we have to be so critical?

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PI resort terminates 19 eatery workers

NINETEEN terminated employees at Paradise Island’s troubled Club Land’Or resort will only receive due severance pay and other benefits when it is sold, a top labour official said yesterday.

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Bahamas founder defeats ex-employer over SEC fees

A Bahamian financial advisory firm’s founder has emerged victorious in his battle to force a former employer to cover legal fees incurred in fighting US federal regulators.

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Chamber chief urges businesses to take precaution on cyber crime

The ransomware attack on the ZNS radio servers is “a clarion call” for all businesses to focus on their cyber security defences, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive urged yesterday.

Police to be upgraded for cyber crime threat

A Cabinet minister yesterday said efforts are being made to better equip the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) to tackle cyber crime.

Ultra rich buyers hit town for PI auction

More than two dozen high-net worth individuals or their advisors are expected in Nassau today to preview two waterfront Paradise Island properties set to be auctioned later this month.

Port unveils customer service mobile app

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has unveiled a mobile app designed to improve customer experiences and service at businesses across the island.

Tourism ‘wrench’ fears over US govt closure

A Cabinet minister yesterday voiced concerns that the partial US government shutdown may “throw a wrench” in expectations for a first quarter surge in stopover visitor arrivals.

Tuesday, January 15

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Tuesday, 15th January, 2018.

Port unveils customer service mobile app

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has unveiled a mobile app designed to improve customer experiences and service at businesses across the island.

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BUSINESS BITES: US government shutdown – a Trumpian catastrophe for everyone

The present shutdown of a large part of US Government operations is no minor blip in how the country is run.

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FACE TO FACE: Life reset under the Bahamian sun

April 30, 2017 will always be one of the most memorable dates in my life.

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Honest officers should be paid a bonus for turning down bribes, says former senior policeman

LAW enforcement officers have more incentives to look the other way, according to former Royal Bahamas Police Force Assistant Commissioner Paul Thompson, who yesterday recommended “honest officers” be paid bonuses for turning down bribes.

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‘Minnis trip makes us look like grovelling mendicants’

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell says Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ trip to Brussels to meet with high-level European officials is “quite strange” and makes the country look like “grovelling mendicants”.

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Junkanoo-gate: We will leave no stone unturned, promise police

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force will leave no stone unturned in its probe of Junkanoo bribe claims, according to Chief Superintendent of Police Solomon Cash.

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I saw Missing Marvin at the police station, claims witness

A MAN says he was at the Central Detective Unit on December 8 when he saw a “disoriented” Marvin Pratt - the missing Gambier Village man who police have denied ever taking into custody.

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Aviation ‘black eye’ sparks reform plan

A Cabinet minister yesterday estimated that an investment worth “tens of millions” is necessary to prevent a repeat of the Christmas “black eye” suffered by Nassau’s main gateway.

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Conch crisis: We were warned

“THIS is not a surprise,” is how BREEF executive director Casuarina McKinney-Lambert responded to reports that The Bahamas’ conch population could be wiped out in ten to 15 years.

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Auditors uncover $450k school fraud

A DAMNING report from the Auditor General’s probe into the Department of Education has uncovered collusion among employees to defraud the government of nearly $450,000 by manipulating a system for stipends and honoraria.

Policing by PR is failing

If the stats from the police are correct we have to admit solely because of statistical elimination (in probability there are only so many people who will commit a murder and so many that will be victims) we see a limited reduction without considering the cases at the coroner which have not as yet been classified.

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Bahamian sickle cell warriors united in their fight

In an effort to bring as many ‘sickle cell warriors’ together as possible, shatter stigmas surrounding the disease and provide one another with a support system, the ‘242 Sickle Cell Warrior’ group last Thursday came together for a unique.

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Healing in a teacup

Discovering herbal teas as natural remedies

To find relief from a health condition which was increasingly making her life miserable, Angella Stuart turned to nature; her own backyard, to be exact.

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Active surveillance for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer will affect one in six men in their lifetime. Early detected low-volume, low-grade, early-stage prostate cancer has an excellent cure rate of 97 to 98 percent.

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Begin with the end in mind

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

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Art therapy for mental health recovery

Bahamian public encouraged to support Sandilands programme

Clients at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) will enjoy the benefits of art therapy as Bahamian multidisciplinary artist Kelley Knowles–Charlow is partnering with the Sandilands Occupational Therapy Department to host the first annual art competition for patients and residents of the institution.

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OFF THE SPECTRUM: Special needs vs disability

Happy New Year! I hope this year brings more peace, prosperity and awareness for you all.

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CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure tops $500,000 in fundraising for regional cancer causes

Bridgetown, Barbados – CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure, the region’s largest cancer fundraiser, has again topped the half a million dollar mark in fundraising for cancer causes across the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.

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Full ‘STEAM’ ahead for women in the Bahamas

‘Equality’ event promotes female engineers, scientists, mathematicians

Tomorrow’s instalment of Women’s Wednesday at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas will place special focus on women excelling in areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM).

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THE PRESS BOX: All Elite Wrestling aspires to compete with WWE

AS I told you in a previous column of the Press Box, pro wrestler Cody Rhodes was following in his late father’s - the American Dream Dusty Rhodes - footsteps. In the ring, and out, from both a performance and business aspect.

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ALIV powers Freedom Farm’s 30th anniversary season opener

FOR the third year in a row, ALIV is pleased to have not only served as a major sponsor but celebrated along with the Freedom Farm Baseball League on their 30th anniversary season opener.

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Knowles signs with new team in French Pro League

ZANE Knowles will return to the French ProB League but with a new club for the 2019 season.

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Jones and Rolle thriving with their new clubs

THE country’s pair of women’s pro basketball players are both thriving with their respective clubs early in 2019.

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Temple Christian Suns senior boys hold off SAC

GARRETH Edgecombe hit the final two baskets to enable the Temple Christian Suns to hold off the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine in one of the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ marquee senior boys’ basketball games played so far this year.

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Water polo gold!

Bahamas Water Polo continues to set new milestones at the developmental level and recently scored another international tournament win.

Rushing gets you nowhere except annoy the public

SIRENS - flashing lights are supposed to be an exclusive area for fire, ambulance and police patrol vehicles and police outriders in an emergency or escorting a VIP if anyone does not know even those.

We are in a right mess over honours

JUST why do our politicians refuse to comply with what is so obvious - time and time again contradiction in action and process.

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Children’s home enjoys a boost

THE Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated donated $25,000 to the Ranfurly Home for Children during its national executive board meeting last week.

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Hands off our logo, warns PLP Chairman Mitchell

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell said yesterday the party is working to have its official symbols trademarked due to flagrant abuse and misuse.

Work on installing guard at Smith’s Point has begun

INSTALLATION of the guard railing on the newly built seawall at Smith’s Point has started.

Take your education seriously, urges senator

SENATOR the Hon Jamal Moss yesterday appealed to C V Bethel Senior High School students to cherish their opportunity to receive an education and take it seriously as it is a consequence of Majority Rule.

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4,000 adults to take part in health investigation

OFFICIALS are targeting approximately 4,000 adults in the 2019 STEPS health survey, which began in select Family Islands yesterday.

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Pair deny planning to supply $500,000-worth of marijuana

TWO men yesterday denied planning to distribute over $500,000 worth of marijuana they were allegedly caught with last week.

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Haitian woman sent home after she used fake visa

A Haitian woman was ordered to be deported yesterday after she confessed to trying to enter the country last week with a fake Bahamian visa.

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Bahamas National Trust kicks off its 60th party

ENVIRONMENT Minister Romi Ferreira hailed the Bahamas National Trust as an inextricable part of his life’s work as the organization kicks-off year long celebrations for their 60th anniversary.

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‘Confused’ by $10m Bimini Bay verdict

An ex-Bimini Bay tenant has been left “very confused” by a verdict that permits the resort’s original developer to appeal the majority of a near-$10m damages award to the Privy Council.

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Junkanoo Beach bidders revealed

The three Bahamian groups competing to upgrade and manage Junkanoo Beach all confirmed their interest when contacted by Tribune Business yesterday.

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CLICO client: I thought we’d get funds ‘in months’

A prominent CLICO (Bahamas) client yesterday admitted he thought he would recover his full investment “in a matter of months” rather than the near-decade it has taken since its collapse.

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National Trust still ‘refining’ Albany PPP

The BAHAMAS National Trust’s (BNT) executive director yesterday said it has been approached by several other potential private national park partners as it continues to “refine” its deal with Albany.

BNT: National Parks may double this year

THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT) yesterday said the number of national parks under its oversight could almost double within the next year, creating a variety of business opportunities.

Stagers ‘guarantee best ever’ business outlook

Organisers of the annual Bahamas Business Outlook (BBO) “guarantee” this year’s version will be the “best ever” through a speaker line-up focused on key national issues.

Ultra rich buyers hit town for PI auction

More than two dozen high-net worth individuals or their advisors are expected in Nassau today to preview two waterfront Paradise Island properties set to be auctioned later this month.

Monday, January 14

01142019 EDITION

Monday, 14th January, 2018.

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Hackers demand ransom from ZNS

HACKERS are demanding a ransom from the Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas after taking control of servers at ZNS.

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INSIGHT: We must not hold back on using technology in the fight against crime

FIGHTING crime is perhaps the most relevant national issue we face as a country, next to, of course, a much-desired economic rebound. Although marginal, the eight percent decrease in crime has been noteworthy and much credit is owed to the hardworking men and women of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Certainly, there is room for improvement, which we should be confident will take place with the introduction of the technology Minister of National Security Marvin Dames and Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson have been promising.

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INSIGHT: It’s in my belly. I fight for the underdog

BELINDA Wilson, president of the Bahamas Union of Teachers is no stranger to controversy. A fearsome adversary across the negotiating table while at the same time an enigma within her own union having six times been suspended.

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Fisheries warehouse destroyed in blaze

FIREFIGHTERS battled a “ferocious” blaze at Paradise Fisheries on Saturday night, Fire Services Director Chief Superintendent Walter Evans told The Tribune yesterday.

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‘Phenomenal’ 16% air arrivals surge for Q1

Bahamian entrepreneurs have been urged to seize the moment and “grab a greater piece of the tourism pie” with projected air arrivals up 16 percent for three of 2019’s first four months.

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Conch crisis needs action

AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard has vowed to “aggressively engage” with stakeholders regarding conch conservation, including starting dialogue on a possible conch season, in the wake of recent reports that the country’s conch supply could be wiped out in ten to 15 years.

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Teachers want 20% pay hike

WHEN the Bahamas Union of Teachers sits to negotiate its new industrial agreement with the government, a 20 percent pay increase over three years will be among the union’s demands, BUT president Belinda Wilson has revealed.

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Father shot dead - just like his son

GRAND Bahama recorded its first homicide for 2019 when well-known musician and businessman Lester Adderley Sr was shot outside a night spot in Freeport early Sunday morning.

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Junkanoo cash for votes probe

THE Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence has asked the Royal Bahamas Police Force to investigate claims of bribery at the 2018 Boxing Day and New Years Day parades, according to JCNP chairman Silbert Ferguson.

Customs splitting ‘sheep from goats’ in courier industry

CUSTOMS’ roll-out of its new electronic platform has exposed several “rogue operators” in the courier sector, its top official saying: “The time has come to separate the sheep from the goats.”

Baha Mar dock

BAHA MAR’S new marina… a dock is a dock an erection of wooden piles with a walking area on top usually straight out into the water - a marina might have a boulder breakwater, as the new Baha Mar does plus berths which their marina has.

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College Basketball: Bahamians go head-to-head

FOLLOWING a break for the holidays, collegiate basketball resumed amongst Canadian colleges and universities with several Bahamians back on the court for their respective programmes.

NCAA Division I: Basketball players shine

RADSHAD Davis’ late-game heroics and coach Yolette McPhee-McCuin leading her team to a major upset win highlighted a weekend of performances from Bahamians in NCAA Division I basketball.

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Temple Christian Suns retain titles

THE Temple Christian Suns retained their mini boys and primary girls titles as the Freedom Baptist Academy’s sixth annual Majority Rule Basketball Tournament concluded over the weekend.

Post office boxes

East Hill General Post Office, which has not provided the renters of Post Office Boxes for three-four years any resemblance of some service, again the Post Master - Ministry of Transport defined everything and asks for full payment of rental for 2019-2020!

Canon Campbell Misfires

The Reverend Canon Sebastian Campbell is passionate about our home-grown national honours system and well he should be. He has worked assiduously to bring it in to being.

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Athletes qualify for the CARIFTA Games

Rivaled training partners Jaida Knowles and Anthaya Charlton, Grand Bahamian sprinter Terrance Jones and thrower Rhema Otabor surpassed the qualifying standards for the CARIFTA Games at the 30th T-Bird Flyers Track and Field Classic.

EDITORIAL: Where did Trump get so much power? Remember Dick Cheney?

Stories about what is now the longest government shutdown in US history dominated news reports during the past week. President Trump’s decision to force a standoff with the newly empowered Democratic majority in Congress over his desire to complete a border wall along America’s southern border with Mexico has so far not dimmed opposition resolve.

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Family shock as killer’s sentence cut by 19 years

A nearly 20 year sentence reduction for a convicted Grand Bahama murderer has sent shockwaves through the victim’s family, and left his widow calling for changes to the country’s legal system.

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Prime Minister flies to Brussels for talks

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis leaves for Brussels, Belgium, this morning to hold bilateral talks with high-ranking officials of the European Commission.

Failed shift to LNG fuel ‘a blessing in disguise’

THE country’s missed LNG possibility more than a decade ago may have been a blessing in disguise, according to experts, who noted the radical shift in US export trends since that bid was shelved.

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New owners launch Walker’s Cay clean-up

AMERICAN philanthropist and businessman Carl Allen, and his wife, Gigi, the new owners of Walker’s Cay, are in the process of cleaning up the island as the beginning of phase one of the redevelopment project to return the northernmost cay to its former glory.

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WORLD VIEW: National good over narrow interests in Guyana

THE President of Guyana, David Granger, and the Opposition leader, Bharat Jagdeo, showed political maturity when they met on January 9 to try to resolve a constitutional crisis that could have led to civil strife and the destabilisation of Guyana.

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Junkanoo Beach’s upgrade in ‘millions’

The Minnis Cabinet will “certainly” receive a recommendation in the 2019 first quarter on which of three bids is best-suited to take over Junkanoo Beach and invest “millions” in its upgrade.

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Farmer crisis over BAMSI retail exit

BAMSI’s chairman has recommended that it should exit the retail business - despite one Bahamian farmer warning he will have to axe staff if this decision is executed now.

Friday, January 11

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Friday, 11th January, 2018.

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01112019 WEEKEND

Friday, 11th January, 2018.

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Acting Chief Justice: Courts do not create criminals, society does

THE country’s top judge has noted that “unfair criticisms” of the country’s judicial system has subsided over the past year, though she reminded those who continue to blame the courts for the country’s crime woes that the courts "do not create criminals”, but society does.

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Royal Caribbean awards scholarships to LJM Maritime Academy graduates

TWO graduates of the LJM Maritime Academy were awarded scholarships from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line on Friday..

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Two brothers deny attacking prosecutor

TWO brothers have denied attacking and injuring prosecutor Joel Seymour on Saturday, January 5, with their attorney accusing the Crown of launching a “malicious prosecution” against her clients.

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Breakdown of family life 'the greatest threat our nation faces today'

AT the official opening of the legal year in Grand Bahama, Canon Norman Lightbourne highlighted many serious problems facing the country that seeks to diminish and threaten our way of life in The Bahamas.

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AG hopes for Sexual Offences Court in 2019 legal year

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said they would be pushing for the opening of a Sexual Offences Court during the 2019 legal year to address the “egregious” delay of those matters which have contributed to the long backlog of cases in the court system.

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Man taken into custody after second murder of the year

POLICE are investigating the second murder of the year.

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Advanced treatment for prostrate enlargement now available in the Bahamas

The UroLift System, the FDA-approved, minimally invasive outpatient procedure to treat non-cancerous benign prostate hyperplasia, also called prostate enlargement, is readily available locally at Urology Care Bahamas.

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Bahamian women, get financially fit for 2019!

She is on a journey to becoming financially fit this year, and the ‘242 Financialista’ wants to take as many Bahamian women as possible along with her on the journey.

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Pinder’s Brokerage to run Komen race in company matriarch’s honour

It’s been just a little over two months since Helen Pinder, the matriarch of Pinder’s Customs Brokerage Ltd, lost her battle with breast cancer. Now, more than half of the staff at her company, along with their family members, will take part in a local cancer run this month in her memory – continuing a tradition she started five years ago.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: True confessions

Okay, okay, okay, I’m glad so many of you enjoyed last week’s column.

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Newbold: PM will reveal Chief Justice choice ‘in due course’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will reveal his choice for Chief Justice in “due course”, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold, who yesterday said the Killarney MP was still mulling over his shortlist of candidates.

Film casts new light on prosecutor attack

LAVITA Thurston outfitted her home with surveillance cameras in December, three years after her daughter was killed on her front porch. She hopes footage from those cameras will save two of her sons from prison after they were accused of attacking a prosecutor, Joel Seymour, on Sunday.

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Dionisio heads absentee list

FREETOWN MP Dionisio D’Aguilar leads his parliamentary colleagues with the most recorded House of Assembly absences since the Free National Movement took office in 2017.

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BPL faces $6m bill to clean oil spills

TOTAL remediation of legacy oil spills at the Clifton Pier Power Plant site could cost Bahamas Power and Light up to $6m.

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Conch may be wiped out in 10-15 years

THE Bahamas National Trust is gearing up for a major conservation push in the wake of research findings that warn the local conch supply could be wiped out in ten to 15 years.

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How to drink more water in a few easy steps

ITS benefits are well known, yet many people struggle to meet the daily recommended intake of water.

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New year...better you!

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.

First Christian hip hop cruise makes port in Nassau

A local gospel artists joined forces with several international musicians who sailed to the Bahamas by way of the Christian Hip-Hop & Gospel Hip-Hop Cruise on Carnival Liberty this week.

US-based evangelist returns home seeking to wreak miracles at crusade

EVANGELIST Sean Pinder, a native of Grand Bahama with an international healing ministry, plans to hold a “miracle crusade” in Freeport to bring healing to as many people as possible.

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Rebounding from frenemies

When you are going through a distressing situation in your marriage it’s quite easy to confide in those closest to you. Sometimes it’s a friend, a co-worker or family member; but is that a wise thing do to? Have you considered the character of the person you are confiding in? After all, just because they are a close relation, for example, doesn’t mean they have your best interests at heart.

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CES 2019: TV set maker LG makes its sets disappear

The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas. Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground as technology’s biggest trade event gets underway.

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Giving up gas: China’s Shenzhen switches to electric taxis

One of China’s major cities has reached an environmental milestone: an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet.

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Scholar athlete of the year award to be named in honour of late founder Marjorie J Laing

THE fifth annual Scholar Athlete of the Year Scholarship and Awards ceremony, presented by Grand Bahama Sports and Travel, will be held 4pm on Sunday, May 5 at the Bahamas Union of Teachers Hall, Wildcat Avenue.

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American dad gets set to run Marathon Bahamas to pay son’s medical bills

AN American father who runs marathons, and uses the prize money to help pay for his young son’s medical bills, will be running Marathon Bahamas in January.

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NPBA: High Flyers top Elite 99-73, Pirates rout Defenders 82-60

THE Breezes High Flyers flew past the Basden Elevators Elite 99-73 and the Caro Contractors Pirates routed the Fort Charlotte Defenders 82-60 as the New Providence Basketball Association continued its 2018/19 regular season action at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

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Japanese B-League basketball: Coleby brothers unite

SEVERAL Bahamian players have been involved in recent transactions on various international pro basketball circuits.

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Majority rule day Basketball Tournament underway

THE sixth annual Freedom Baptist Academy Majority Rule Day Basketball Tournament got started yesterday at the Anatol Rodgers Gymnasium with teams participating in the mini, primary and junior divisions for boys and girls.

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Saunders selected for SPIRAL Tropical Bowl

MAVIN Saunders will take the first step toward professional football and his post-collegiate playing career with his first senior bowl invite.

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Husband/wife team launch basketball programme

The husband/wife tandem of coaches Nathan and Servonia Coakley continue to make a positive impact in the lives of many of our young high school players.

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Ayton scores six in loss to Mavs

DALLAS (AP) — Rookie Deandre Ayton scored six points and grabbed five rebounds for the last-place Phoenix Suns in a 104-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. He also had a block, steal and an assist in 20 minutes on the hardwood.

Why, why, why?

Why is the cable still off and when it is on why are there channels missing, you should get there channels that you paid for, if the package changed someone should let you know, channels have been taken away and added nobody let me know what was going on.

BAIC bailout - and more to come

The Tribune advised this morning that BAIC has received a $500,000 bailout from the taxpayers money to pay down the $3.123m debt of that corporation.

Queen's Honours

It has been a tradition that “worthy” Bahamians are acknowledged for contributions they may have made to nation building by being placed on the Queen’s New Year’s list.

EDITORIAL: Halting illegal immigration a fight we dare not lose

Publicity about the recent successful interception on the high seas of large numbers of migrants from Haiti brings to the fore yet again the serious on-going problem for The Bahamas of the attempted illegal and uncontrolled mass movement here of people from our troubled neighbour to the south.


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Woman in hospital after being stabbed

A WOMAN is in hospital after she was stabbed during a fight yesterday morning.

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1,200lbs marijuana are seized by police

POLICE on New Providence have seized more than 1,200 pounds of suspected marijuana in two separate incidents on Wednesday and took two men into custody. The combined street value of the drugs is more than $1m.

‘Deceived’ on $12m ankle bracelet deal

A Bahamian security firm says it was “deceived” by its foreign partners into unjustly parting with two-thirds of the $12m proceeds from the criminal ankle bracelet monitoring contract.

Majority Rule:The most transformative moment in Bahamian history

Properly understood, Majority Rule marks a moment of liberation for all Bahamians and ought to be celebrated by all Bahamians in all times as the most transformative event in our nation’s history.

On the move

The story of our Lord is one of a family on the move. This is the story of so many people at this time but we will get back to this in a few moments:

The concept of gratitude

Gratitude is a theme which is prevalent throughout holy scripture. In general terms, gratitude relates to thankfulness and involves a willingness to show an appreciation for something and to return kindness. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV): “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Gratitude is considered a virtue and persons who demonstrate a sense of gratitude are usually more at peace and generally do well.

Bahamians set their spiritual goals for 2019

WHEN a new year rolls in, it is inevitable that so-called resolutions are made. Whether it’s taking on a new hobby or setting health and fitness goals – people have made it a tradition to list objectives they wish to accomplish.

Seventh-day Adventists promote healthy living with Marjority Rule Day race

Under the theme “I Want to Live Healthy”, members of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists will host a Majority Rule Day fun/run/walk this week,

Ankle bracelet firm to ‘pursue’ ex-govt

A security firm’s principal says he intends to “pursue members of the former Christie administration” through the courts for “politically targeting” his contract to monitor hundreds of accused.

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Taylor Industries: Insolvency forces 40 staff redundancies

Taylor Industries’ principals say three years of losses, combined with a harsh economic climate featuring escalating cost and tax hikes, gave them no choice but to close and lay-off 40 staff.

Joining WTO no ‘snap election’ style decision

The Bahamas must not treat WTO membership as “a snap general election decision” that can be reversed in five years’ time, private sector leaders warned yesterday.

‘Fine tooth comb’ for WTO offer

Bahamian poultry producers are already facing WTO-related tariff cut pressures, with the private sector yesterday pledging to examine this nation’s opening offers “with a fine tooth comb”.

KFC staff gain five-year deal

MANAGERIAL and supervisory staff at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) have secured a new five-year industrial agreement, a trade union leader saying it was a “great way to begin the New Year”.

Tourism officials meet with American Airlines

The Ministry of Tourism’s airlift team welcomed American Airlines’ newly-appointed senior regional manager for the Caribbean during his recent visit to Nassau.

IAN FERGUSON: Strategies for achieving greater business success

Last year brought its share of business challenges, and 2019 will certainly have them as well. Businesses, particularly the most vulnerable, must adequately prepare for success and viability. Preparation is key, and establishing goals just as crucial.

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‘Buy Bahamian’ best defence under WTO

BAHAMIAN consumers can do “far more” to sustain local industries than any government under the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) ruled-based set-up, says the country’s lead negotiator.

Water Corp unions ‘in dark’ over 120 worker right-size

THE unions representing Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) staff have slammed management for “practically no communication” on plans to right-size by up to 120 workers.

Thursday, January 10

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Bahamasair drops flights to Treasure Cay

BAHAMASAIR has dropped flights to Treasure Cay, Abaco due to nonfunctioning runway lights at the Marsh Harbour airport.

Wednesday, January 9

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Two held after marijuana plants found

TWO persons were arrested and taken into custody in Abaco after police discovered 60 potted marijuana plants this week.

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Former AG joins the blogging world

ALLYSON Maynard Gibson, a former attorney general, has joined the world of blogging, hoping to spark intelligent discussions about national affairs.

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Humane Society seeks help

THE Bahamas Humane Society is seeking the public's help in rescuing the lives of animals through adoption and donations.

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Search for armed robbery suspects

POLICE are looking for two suspects behind armed robberies committed Tuesday night.

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WSC invites bids for water systems in Long Island, Crooked Island

WATER and Sewerage Corporation Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson on Wednesday invited bids for a project that will provide access to quality water supply systems in north Long Island and Crooked Island.

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Serious offences conviction rate up 10 percent

THE conviction rate for serious offences has increased by 10 percent, Attorney General Carl Bethel said Wednesday.

Govt criticised over challenges in court buildings

BAHAMAS Bar Association President Kahlil Parker chided the government on Wednesday for not demonstrating “any semblance of urgency or a plan” to remediate the “vexing” infrastructural challenges attorneys face in the various court buildings on a daily basis.

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WSC measures to protect islands from climate change effects

THE Water and Sewerage Company has implemented climate resiliency and disaster management measures in the Family Islands to help protect these islands in the face of climate change.

Bar Association President calls for protection of members after stabbing

BAHAMAS Bar Association President Kahlil Parker has called on both Attorney General Carl Bethel and the Director of Public Prosecutions to immediately implement “substantive measures” to protect his members following reports of a prosecutor being stabbed in the head on Sunday night.

Sorority to host island-wide Scavenger Hunt

IN recognition of its 111th Founder's Day, the Pi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA)Sorority Incorporated is hosting its second annual island-wide Scavenger Hunt - 'Operation Island Hunt: Mission Pink and Green the Ivy.'

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Top judge laments failure to appoint Chief Justice

THE country’s top judge has lamented the government’s failure so far to appoint a substantive Chief Justice, claiming that such a blight has proven to be a “tremendous challenge” for the judiciary in making any long-term plans for the future.

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Hanna Martin slams the government’s Majority Rule ‘farce’

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday denounced the government’s upcoming “farce” of an observance for Majority Rule Day, telling The Tribune the Minnis administration has betrayed the principles of its historical significance.

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Ministry hits out at school bus contract ‘misinformation’

THE Ministry of Education has hit out at “misinformation” about the cancellation of school bus contracts after drivers in Grand Bahama staged a protest on Monday alleging victimisation after their contracts, which would have expired in 2020, were terminated.

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CULTURE CLASH: Why R. Kelly’s story exposes a deeper, darker truth

Surviving R. Kelly, a docu-series on the R&B singer’s alleged abuse of women, aired on Lifetime over the past two weeks and, as expected, sparked heated debate.

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'We cannot sit idly by and be taken over by another country'

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield agreed with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ assertion that illegal immigration is a threat to the Bahamas, saying the country must not sit idly by and allow it to be “overtaken” by another country.

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It was much safer in 2018 than it was in 2017, says Ferguson

OVERALL crime across the country decreased by eight percent last year when compared to 2017, with murders dropping 25 percent, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said yesterday.

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Tourism: $630k for $22 song ‘illogical’

The Ministry of Tourism has slammed as an “illogical conclusion” findings it should pay an ex-beauty queen $630,000 for using a song that earned just $22 from Internet streaming in four years.

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‘Significant changes’ needed in Oban 2

THE government is seeking to amend the economic, environmental and legal provisions of controversial Oban Energies Heads of Agreement, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes has revealed.

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Prison officer strip searches suspended

STRIP searches for correctional officers clocking in at The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services have been suspended, according to Correctional Officers Staff Association president Ryan Wilson.

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Commissioner defends police shootings in crime battle: IN ANY WAR THERE ARE CASUALTIES

POLICE Commissioner Anthony Ferguson said yesterday police are at “war” with criminals, adding there will likely be “casualties” when people confront law enforcement officers.

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BAISS basketball: Senior girl Falcons earn 32-27 victory over Saints

IT wasn’t the type of performance that head coach Hattie Moxey anticipated, but she was delighted that her Jordan Prince Williams Falcons flew out of Kingsway Academy with a hard-fought win over the Saints.

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Ayton and the Suns end skid with 115-111 win over Buddy and Kings

PHOENIX (AP) — Kelly Oubre Jr matched his career high with 26 points, including a one-handed rebound jam with 11.1 seconds to play, and the Phoenix Suns snapped a six-game losing streak, rallying from a 21-point deficit to beat the turnover-prone Sacramento Kings 115-111 last night.

In the NPBA, Stingers rout UB Mingoes, Stampers top Eagles Nest

THE PJ’s Stingers stung the University of the Bahamas Mingoes 87-69 and the Triple K Stampers stomped past the Leno Eagles Nest 97-94 as the New Providence Basketball Association continued its regular season at the AF Adderley Gymnasium.

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Brown to redshirt her junior year for Aggies

Bahamian discus national record holder Serena Brown will redshirt her junior year for the Texas A&M Aggies after undergoing surgery to repair her rotator cuff.

Entrepreneurs in first anniversary

A boutique print shop and shipping company based in Centreville is celebrating its first business anniversary this month.

Long range binoculars?

Haitian sloops being able to enter the Bahamas and seemingly have free will until just within eye-shot of Nassau - Why?

Ignore the shot spotters

Minister of National Security is making a lot of fuss about this Shot Spotter Alert system that will be rolled out very soon.

Dynamic duo of politicians

Two of the most intriguing personalities to dominate the Bahamian political landscape during the 1950s and 1960s, in my opinion, were Sir Randol F Fawkes and Sir Stafford Sands. The latter was the most polarising politician in Bahamian history. When his image was placed on the $10 banknote by the Free National Movement (FNM) administration of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in March 2000, it stirred up a hornets' nest.

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Grand Bahama Children's Home enjoys special lunch

A GRAND Bahama couple, in partnership with Wendy’s restaurant, hosted the children and staff at the Grand Bahama Children’s Home to a lunch on Friday.

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Davis: It appears BUT leader has ‘hypnotised’ PM

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis is targeting Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ relationship with Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson after reports he prompted the government’s capitulation to her recent demands.

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Govt communications director ‘another expense for Bahamians’

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said the government’s new communications director will not boost the popularity of the Minnis administration, but represents yet another expense Bahamians have to cover.

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Trial for man accused of stabbing woman to death moves another step closer

A MAN’S trial for allegedly stabbing his common-law wife to death in front of four of her five children over a decade ago will be heard before Supreme Court Justice Renea McKay.

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More than 100 Haitians face court

MORE than 100 Haitians were charged in court yesterday with illegally entering the country over the weekend.

Murders in GB down by 45% but overall crime constant

MURDERS in Grand Bahama decreased by 45 percent in 2018 however there was no percentage change in overall crime figures for the island, according to statistics presented by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson yesterday.

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The clean-up begins . . .

THE Department of Environmental Health Services has announced that starting next month, the collection of garbage will be increased from once to twice a week.

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End to tax preferences ‘bites’ exchange control

The Government’s elimination of preferential tax breaks “bites at the exchange control regime” and far more incentives than those identified in the act, an ex-attorney general argued yesterday.

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Number of traffic fatalities is a ‘major concern’

COMMISSIONER of Police Anthony Ferguson yesterday said the number of traffic fatalities in the country is a source of “major concern”, as he revealed that 69 people died in 63 traffic accidents in 2018.

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Taylor Industries closes after 74 years

Taylor Industries, the 74 year-old electrical retailer and contractor, was yesterday said to have ceased operating with its sole location completely locked down.

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Web shop tax hikes ‘in our best interests’

The web shop industry tax hikes are in “the best interests of the Bahamian people” due to the social costs the sector imposes, a Cabinet minister argued yesterday.

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Union leader’s ‘distress’ on anti change labelling

A Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) union leader yesterday asserted he “absolutely and totally embraces change” via renewable energy, adding that he was “distressed” to read otherwise.

Downtown Nassau in ‘dire need’ of plan

DOWNTOWN Nassau remains in “dire need” of planning and development, a local architect said yesterday, describing the area as “horrible” and “embarrassing”.

Bahamas sails to 45% booking rise via kayak

Destination booking website, Kayak, has named The Bahamas as one of its top five locations to visit in 2019 after bookings increased by 45 percent over the past year.

Govt working on GB summer airlift

The Government is working to build a summer airlift initiative for Grand Bahama while remaining “resolutely focused” on selling the Grand Lucayan resort, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

Tuesday, January 8

01082019 EDITION

Tuesday, 8th January, 2018.

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FACE TO FACE: For those murdered – that’s it. Nobody wins when somebody drops

Having been a journalist for more than two decades now, I have witnessed the spike in murders in this country.

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Mould not the main problem as school reopens

THE Department of Environmental Health Services has determined that mould was not the “principle problem” identified at CH Reeves Junior High School as classes resumed on schedule yesterday.

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Good times ahead, says PM Minnis

THE economic foundation has been laid and now Bahamians can expect to reap benefits of the government’s work since it took office, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has said.

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Family heartbreak as RBDF marine named as victim in motorbiking accident

A 27-year-old Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine has been identified as the man fatally struck during a traffic accident early Sunday morning.

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Two face murder charges

A 43-year-old man is behind the country’s first murder of 2019, police have alleged.

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Banking industry shrinks by $200bn

Total bank assets in The Bahamas fell by over $200bn during the six-and-a-half years to end-September 2018, amid rising fears yesterday that the sector’s latest reforms are a “death knell”.

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Police seek motive in lawyer stabbing

A PROSECUTOR at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is nursing wounds after he was stabbed in the head on Sunday night, an attack officials say has little precedent in The Bahamas.

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Family settles over US custody death

THE FAMILY of Bahamian medical school graduate Lashano Gilbert, who died in police custody in Connecticut in 2014, has reached an undisclosed settlement over their $54 million federal civil rights lawsuit.

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MISSING PILOT’S WIFE OPENS HER HEART: I’ll never lose faith, never stop searching

ON New Year’s Day, Anya Ferguson celebrated the second anniversary of her marriage to missing pilot Byron Ferguson at the site where the couple’s wedding reception was held.

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COLLECT OUR RUBBISH: Residents angry that the trash is piling up on their streets

RESIDENTS of Chippingham have complained about the mounds of unsightly trash that has yet to be collected from the Christmas season.

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More than 50 Haitians admit trying to enter the country

MORE than 50 Haitian nationals were charged before a magistrate yesterday after being caught illegally entering the country via one of the northern islands last week, with some of them claiming to have paid $1,000 to be smuggled into the country.

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GB bus drivers protest over new contracts

SOME 20 contracted public school bus drivers in Grand Bahama protested outside a government office complex in Freeport after their contracts, which would have expired in 2020, were terminated by the Ministry of Education.

No timeline over new chief justice for the Bahamas

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the country will know in “very short order” who will be appointed to the post of substantive chief justice.

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Bail for woman accused of assaulting policeman

A woman has been granted bail ahead of her trial over allegations she assaulted a police officer during a protest near the Sidney Poitier Bridge late last year.

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Construction work at Baha Mar all above board, says senior VP

THE construction of an expanded slip dock at the rear of Baha Mar’s Cable Beach property was yesterday classified as “above board” by its senior vice-president Robert “Sandy” Sands.

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AG: ‘False parallel’ over web shop tax EU fears

The attorney general yesterday slammed as a “false parallel” suggestions that the web shop industry’s tax hikes will violate the European Union’s (EU) anti-tax evasion demands.

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THE PRESS BOX: Cowboy Nation! I almost forgot how victory feels in the playoffs

I MUST admit, I enjoyed my Dallas Cowboys NFC Wild Card game victory against the Seattle Seahawks.

Baseball America: Chisholm is the No.1 d-backs prospect

JAZZ Chisholm continues to garner international recognition and a season of milestones has one media house projecting his rise in the Arizona Diamondbacks at an accelerated pace.

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Splash brother Curry: Buddy is ‘a great shooter’

THE record-setting three-point shooting display put on by the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings garnered league-wide attention and continues a season of milestones for our very own Chavanno “Buddy” Hield.

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‘The Tank’ ready for war

As he heads into the new year, Bahamian journeyman heavyweight boxer Sherman ‘The Tank’ Williams is hoping to continue where he left off last year on the winning track.

We should join the Canada club

Canada is the second wealthiest country in North America with an impressive GDP of $46,437 per capita.

Let's get ready to defend drone attack

How we like to copy so has the Ministry of Transport - Police and NAD got some very strict regs to ban the flying of drones anywhere close to LPIA or any airport?

Travel advisories are not flippant

Travel advisories are issued by sovereign governments to advise their citizens of danger or potential danger when visiting a particular city, area or country – they are not flippantly issued.

EDITORIAL: 2020 is round the corner and already election speculation begins

It seems a perfect storm is brewing in American politics. Disparate, sometimes unrelated events are coming together in the 100th year of American women being allowed to vote. Many are speculating - as they did when Hillary Clinton challenged Donald Trump - that in 2020, exactly one century after the US constitution was amended to permit female franchise, for the first time a woman will be elected president of the United States.

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Bahamas must ‘embrace disruptive change’ culture

The Bahamas must “embrace disruptive change” and not permit a minority to derail economic reforms that benefit the rest of society, a BISX-listed company’s president argued yesterday.

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BAIC in $500k govt bail-out

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has received a $500,000 taxpayer bail-out to help pay down a $3.123m debt that left it on “life support”.

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CLICO payout ‘on the horizon’

A prominent CLICO (Bahamas) policyholder yesterday confirmed “something is on the horizon” over the latest payout to clients of the insolvent insurer.

QC: Web shops must publicise patron bans

A well-known QC yesterday said predicted that the proposed five per cent stamp tax on web shop patrons will push them to gamble illegally and have the opposite effect to the Government’s intention.

Oban talks delayed until month’s end

A Cabinet minister yesterday said discussions with Oban Energies over a revised agreement for its controversial $5.5bn oil refinery/storage terminal will likely be put off until month’s end.

Monday, January 7

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Monday, 7th January, 2018.

01072019 EDITION

Monday, 7th January, 2019.

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INSIGHT: Only as good as your word - that’s how you’ll be judged

IT is widely accepted in our brand of politics that a politician will say anything to get elected. It can almost be likened to the way we treat our children – when they do something naughty, we typically shrug it off as mere child’s play. Likewise, when our politicians rile up crowds of thousands from the campaign stages, promising the earth, moon and stars, we simply accept it when they do not deliver.

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Minnis: Honours system rewards people who have served country

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday defended the process that selects the recipients of Queen Elizabeth’s Honours, telling The Tribune it should not be seen as a reward for political party supporters, but for those who served the country well.

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Prison contraband – we have to stop it

AFTER correctional officers complained about being subjected to strip searches at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, National Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday contended that all efforts must be made to “stop the flow of illegal contraband” into the facility.

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As another 100 migrants land in Exuma, PM warns: THEY’RE A THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY

AS illegal migrant landings have increased in recent weeks, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the government remains committed to aggressively dealing with the country’s immigration problems which he said poses a serious threat to major sectors of society.

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WHILE Education Minister Jeff Lloyd said CH Reeves Junior High School has been “scrubbed down” to ensure it is safe for occupancy, the Bahamas Union of Teachers insisted industrial action could still be on the table pending an inspection by educators today.

EDITORIAL: Don't be fooled - this is a SAFE country for tourism

Bahamians are well aware that our tourism and financial services industries are the twin pillars of the nation’s economy. While information about what we offer as an attractive destination for tourists should be suitably alluring, it also needs to be accurate in order to protect our reputation. But, as well as seeking good quality and value for money, a major concern for visitors is safety and security.

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NPBA: Giants rout the Shockers 95-65, Regulators hold off Pros 93-90

THE Commonwealth Bank Giants, taking off from where they left before the Christmas break, was clicking on all cylinders as they routed the JD’s Seafood Shockers 95-65 at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Saturday night.

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Bichette keeps home run derby king title

Bo Bichette put on another spectacular hitting display and claimed his second consecutive title of “home run king” at the Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise.

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GAIN AN EDGE: Chasing dreams from New Providence to Acklins

FOCUS is Lyford Cay Foundations’ out-of-school time, tuition-free enrichment programme. It provides college readiness and access support to public school students of demonstrated need and potential. Students, who are accepted through a multi-faceted selection process, begin the programme the summer after Grade 4, with the goal of becoming the first in their families to achieve post-secondary education.

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Don’t Blink! Aspiring baseball players enjoy clinic at Atlantis

THE Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise weekend featured a kids’ clinic for aspiring players. Scores of participants turned out to the field at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island on Friday, featuring players aged seven and older.

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Multi-million dollar deal to aid education in GB and Eleuthera

THE Ministry of Education may have found a solution to its teacher shortage after it signed a contract yesterday worth several million dollars with two private companies in a bid to make the public educational system digital.

Registrar General appointed

THE Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs has announced the appointment of attorney E Sally-Ann Lockhart-Pratt to the position of registrar general.

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Cabinet Office announces new director of communications

Erica Wells Cox has been appointed director of communications in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). She will be responsible for the overall coordination and management of strategic communications within OPM, including the coordination of communications for the Minnis administration.

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‘2018 was historic year for RBPF’

AS he touted a 25 percent reduction in murders last year and a “dramatic turnaround” in the Royal Bahamas Police Force, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said more technology and support is on the way for law enforcement.

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‘Quality intelligence key to success’

NATONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday credited “quality intelligence” for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s recent swift apprehensions of illegal migrants in areas across the country.

Top doctor warns NHI ‘working backwards’

National Health Insurance (NHI) is “working backwards” by setting a $1,000 annual price for its basic care package without determining critical costs, a leading doctor has warned.

Competent would be enough


Three ships the minimum

Who would you prefer managing the Port of Nassau?

MPs need to disclose

CRUISE Port of Nassau - the best choice is the Cruise Lines without any doubt as already commented on - dah - who controls the itinerary’s where the ships visit, not the Cruise Line, so if they are managing Nassau Port there is an enormous financial reason to visit.

Public safety is key concern

Every sovereign State has the right to issue advices to their citizens as to the safety of travel to any area in the world – it is their sovereign legal constitutional responsibility.

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DPM: ‘This is not the death’ of IBC sector

The deputy prime minister has asserted that the new regulatory structure “will not be the death” of International Business Companies (IBCs), as not all will have to pay business licence fees.

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QC: Web shop tax hikes breach EU’s demands

Island Luck’s attorney yesterday warned that the web shop tax hikes place The Bahamas “in clear and present danger” of violating the European Union’s (EU) anti-tax evasion offensive.

No ‘vacuum’ over business licence

Chamber of Commerce executives have warned that business licence reforms cannot take place “in a vacuum” after it was excluded from consultation over recently-announced changes.

Cruise port bid claims straw vendor backing

A Nassau cruise port bidder says its offer to take over the facility’s management has been backed by vendors at the nearby Straw Market.

Realtor targets ‘perfect property’ via digital push

A Bahamian real estate firm believes digital marketing will bring more “bang for the buck” as it launches an initiative aimed at helping 200 buyers find their “perfect property”.

Labour chief acts over taxi threats

The Government’s top labour official has moved to head-off threatened industrial action by taxi drivers through a series of meeting designed to address their grievances.

Water Corp supplier unveils new director

Consolidated Water (Bahamas) has appointed Ethan Adderley, the Hotel Licensing Board’s chairman, to its board to replace Sir William Allen with effect from year-end 2018.

Inland Revenue customer centre to open Saturdays

The Department of Inland Revenue is opening its client services centre on Saturdays for the month of January to support businesses applying for business licence renewals.

Friday, January 4

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Friday, 4th January, 2019.

01042019 NEWS

Friday, 4th January, 2019.

30 Haitian migrants apprehended in Abaco

IMMIGRATION officials apprehended 30 Haitian migrants in Abaco after a sloop was spotted near Man-O-War Cay and Scotland Cay.

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Tourist dies in apparent drowning in Grand Bahama

GRAND Bahama Police are investigating an apparent drowning of a male tourist on Friday afternoon at Deadman’s Reef Beach in West Grand Bahama.

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Tourist says PMH is the worst hospital he's ever been to

“THE hospital was the worst I have ever been to,” is how a Canadian tourist described the Princess Margaret Hospital, after he and his fiancée were taken there following their involvement in a hit-and-run traffic accident.

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Belinda Wilson: Our reaction 'depends on ministry's action'

WHETHER things go smoothly at C H Reeves Junior High School on Monday rests with Ministry of Education officials, Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said Friday.

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Man wanted in connection with housebreaking

GRAND Bahama Police are searching for a West End man who is wanted by police in connection with a housebreaking investigation.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: The three stories from my life that make me laugh every time I think about my younger days

It’s amazing what stories end up being told, or resurrected, when real stand up comedians are at the bar trading ‘life stories’ downing shots of their favourite libation in abundance. Here are three stories from my life, that make me laugh every time I reminisce about my younger days. I’m quite sure, they will give all of you a chuckle.

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Gibson delighted with another improvement in the water system

THE Water and Sewage Corporation held a commissioning ceremony yesterday for the opening of a new San Salvador branch and the completion of the Water Supply Improvement Project on the island which gives more residents access to fresh, potable water.

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Deadline to register extended

UNIVERSITY of the Bahamas officials said increased enrollment, students seeking deferred payment plans and teachers submitting grades late contributed to long registration lines and mass confusion at the institution over the past two days.

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AG to web shops: ‘Time to pay up’

The Attorney General yesterday warned the web shop industry it was “time for lawful taxes to be collected”, and said of the Government’s stance: “We’re ready to go to war.”

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Turnquest unveils ‘one-fit’ framework

THE Minnis administration remains concerned that the goal post continues to shift when it comes to the Bahamas maintaining global tax standards, Finance Minister K Peter Turnquest said yesterday, adding this issue has been argued in international forums.

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Hundreds suffer nine-hour wait to register

HUNDREDS of angry University of the Bahamas students suffered under the sweltering sun yesterday as they queued for hours in an effort to submit payments and complete registration for the spring semester.

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Prison officers strip searched

CORRECTIONAL officers are protesting a “demoralising” process that sees officers strip searched before the start of their shift.

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Six foreign nationals discovered on boat off Freeport up in court

SIX foreign nationals discovered on board a vessel in waters off Freeport on December 26, 2018 were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court with breach of the Immigration Act.

Exuma’s Ebenezer rings in the new year with the word of God

Rev Stephen Smith and the Ebenezer Union Baptist family of Exuma began the 2019 year will a special service worshipping on the park.

Bahamian clergy urged to say ‘no’ to ‘colonial awards’

Colonial honours have more than outlived their usefulness.

A chance to change

Now that we are on the other side of 2018, we can look back and consider what really needs to be left behind. What is it that we really want deep down in our hearts to have happen in this new year?

Religious happenings around town

• Feast of Title Celebrations by the Anglican Church of Epiphany

Alike but not the same – Hope for 2019

Happy New Year everyone!

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UB Mingoes men’s basketball team looks to reverse losing streak

THE University of the Bahamas Mingoes men’s basketball team is looking to reverse a local and international losing streak as the new year starts.

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NCAA: Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl gets high marks

THE 2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl exceeded the expectations of several international media outlets in its fourth edition.

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BAAA unveils new logo, plans to engage new demographic

IN an effort to rebrand its image through a series of innovative marketing strategies, the new BAAAs administration unveiled its new logo and plans to engage a new demographic.

Bahamas Cycling Federation hopes their track facility will be relocated

With the removal of their one-mile cycling track to accommodate the construction of the new national baseball stadium, the Bahamas Cycling Federation has been left without a facility to train and compete.

We need to deliver good services so tourists return

I read in the newspapers the other day that air arrivals to the country were up 16.5 percent for the year. That’s extraordinary.

Did Minnis jinx Saxons?

The readership of this newspaper will undoubtedly recall Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ lighthearted comment to the media about his desire for the Shell Saxons Superstars to win the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade. The comment came in response to a question regarding the unprecedented industrial unrest the Free National Movement (FNM) administration was facing in early December.

Bahamasair workers have to evacuate office

BAHAMASAIR workers were forced to evacuate their headquarters after the building’s air-conditioning system began smoking due to an electrical shortage.

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Crew of caped crusaders visit Summit Academy

NEW Providence is being invaded by a crew of caped crusaders – students on a mission to become neighbourhood heroes, serving and protecting their environment at every turn.

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Americans arrested after failing to declare cash

AN American man and woman were arrested at Lynden Pindling International Airport on Tuesday after they failed to declare a large sum of US currency.

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Grand Lucayan sale still likely in second quarter of 2019

OFFICIALS are still eyeing a second quarter 2019 sale of the Grand Lucayan resort with “April to June” pegged as a timeline for the sale, chairman of Lucayan Renewal Holdings Michael Scott told The Tribune yesterday.

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Police seize marijuana worth $2,000

POLICE seized two pounds of suspected marijuana from the streets of New Providence on Wednesday.

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‘A number of audits have been completed’

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest said yesterday “a number” of forensic audits into government corporations and departments have been completed and tabled in the House of Assembly.

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Port bidder: ‘No truth’ to cruise group’s claims

A rival Nassau port bidder yesterday slammed the major cruise lines, saying “there’s no truth at all” to assertions that its plans will impede ship movements around Prince George Wharf.

Bahamas’ GDP per person lower than pre-recession era

The Bahamas’ real GDP per capita is lower now than it was 11 years ago before the start of the global recession, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has revealed.

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Business Licences calculated on VAT revenue from 2020

Business Licence fees will be based on “positive VAT-rated revenue” from 2020 onwards in a move that “removes some of the ambiguity” surrounding how they are calculated.

Government breaking down ‘offshore’ banking divide

The Government yesterday broke down the divide between Bahamian domestic and international financial institutions to meet European Union (EU) demands.

Property fund brings functions back home in new year move

The BISX-listed Bahamas Property Fund has brought its management, advisory and leasing functions in-house with effect from New Year’s Day via a new executive structure.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Technology drives design’s evolution

What will graphic designs look like years from now? I believe that graphic design will be much more immersive as a result of the passage of time. And perhaps this shift will be accompanied by more niche professional experts, instead of generalist designers.

Taxi drivers: Strike to take 'full effect'

TAXI drivers yesterday doubled down on their strike threat, with a union leader warning: “It’s going into full effect."

IAN FERGUSON: Staff wellness makes for a healthy business

Happy New Year! Most of us probably had a New Year’s resolution to take control of our personal health. Losing weight has certainly been at the top of the list for those coming out of an intense December featuring too much turkey, ham and fruit cake.

Retail group: Xmas sales ‘up slightly’ against 2017

A BISX-listed retail group yesterday said same-store sales for most of its stores were “up slightly” over the Christmas seasom compared to the same period in 2017.

DPM: Dutch blacklist ‘premature response’

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday branded The Bahamas’ “blacklisting” by the Netherlands as a “premature response” that undermines the European Union’s (EU) own anti-tax evasion offensive.

Thursday, January 3

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Knights left furious as champions surprised

AFTER falling in the standings from first to third place when penalty deductions brought the Superstar Rockers group its first win in six years, Platinum Knights leader Thomas Curry said the group intends to protest the unofficial results of the 2019 New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade in Grand Bahama.

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Thursday, 3rd January, 2019.

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Police arrest woman after she shoots gun from moving vehicle

A WOMAN was taken into police custody on New Year’s Day in connection with a viral video taken of what is believed to be her shooting a gun from a moving vehicle.

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We ran out of cash, say two groups in parade

TWO major Junkanoo groups yesterday blamed a lack of funding for their decision to scrap participation in the 2019 New Year’s Day Junkanoo parade.

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‘Shocked’ if no fight over tax breaks end

A top QC would be “very surprised” if the premature end to foreign investors’ preferential tax breaks is not challenged in the Bahamian courts within the next three years.

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Belinda: Meet my demands - or else

A TEACHER strike at C H Reeves Junior High School could spoil the start of the new school term after the Bahamas Union of Teachers received a strike certificate on Monday.

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New Year's junkanoo - time to switch date?

AS New Year’s Day Junkanoo attendance this year hovered at 57 percent, Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence president Silbert Ferguson told The Tribune officials are mulling over a decision to either change the date of the parade or offer it as a pay-per-view option on cable television. In past years, ticket sales have capped at around 60 percent, Mr Ferguson said, again sparking conversation about holding the parade on Majority Rule Day instead of so soon after Boxing Day.

EDITORIAL: Why it's time we took tackling climate change seriously

How serious are we about tackling climate change here in The Bahamas? We ask because the rest of the world seems to be leaving us in their wake.

DIANE PHILLIPS: Admit it - there’s never been a better time to put off what you have to do today

Over the holidays as our little public relations office was officially closed, I worked there nearly every day anyway because it is what I do.

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Road at Smith’s Point will reopen after railing installed

IRAM Lewis, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, said that the closure of the road along the seaside in Smith’s Point is for public safety and will reopen as soon as the railing is installed on the newly constructed seawall.

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Another two dozen Haitians charged with illegal landing

TWO dozen Haitian migrants were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged with illegal landing.

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Grand Bahama man in hospital after shooting

A GRAND Bahama man is in hospital following a shooting incident in the Eight Mile Rock area late Tuesday evening, according to a senior police official.

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Sexual assaults the most reported criminal activity on cruise ships making calls to the United States

ALLEGATIONS of sexual assault remain the most reported criminal activity on board cruise ships making calls to the United States, according to year-end statistics.

If you resist the devil, he will flee from you

Hey you, yeah you who all about terrorising the country. Killing, robbing innocent people and raping young women. Yeah you it’s you I’m talking to. Going around giving our country a bad name. People being warned not to come to the Bahamas. Nice tourists places like the fish fry getting caught up in your stupidness.

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Grand Bahama: Rockers the unofficial winners, Platinum Knights hit by penalties

THE Superstar Rockers emerged as the unofficial winner of the New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade in Grand Bahama, dethroning two-time defending champion Platinum Knights which fell from the top standing after penalty points were applied.

Promises taking the joy from life

The incomparable Dionne Warwick sang a song that went like this,

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DPM: ‘Serious concerns’ over Dutch blacklist

The Bahamas “will have some serious concerns” if its inclusion on a Dutch “blacklist” means European Union (EU) countries are going further than the bloc’s own anti-tax evasion offensive.

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Ferguson and Bearcats win the Military Bowl

Chris Ferguson concluded his NCAA football career and a resurgent season for the Cincinnati Bearcats with a bowl win.

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Teams drafted for Don’t Blink Home Run Derby

THE teams have been drafted and the final few days to galvanise support as events for the Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise weekend got underway.

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‘It’s a pretty big responsibility and I’m really humbled’

BAHAMIAN baseball icon Antoan Richardson is set to take on a new role in his professional career in the front office with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Why Dr Minnis still gets my vote

I voted PLP and DNA before, but 2017 was the first time I voted FNM. I’m glad I did. The party was the best choice on May 10, 2017, and it remains the best choice today.

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Cruise line bid slams port rivals

The Nassau port bid allied with the cruise lines yesterday slammed its rivals for offering “unnecessary” extras that will undermine Prince George Wharf’s “long-term viability”.

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Activists to focus on GB Power ‘dilemma’

Advocates for an end to Grand Bahama Power Company’s monopoly yesterday said they plan to “intensify” public focus on what they described as its regulatory “dilemma”.

Wednesday, January 2

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Wednesday, 3rd July, 2018.

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UPDATED: Teenager is first murder of year

Police are investigating after a man died following a shooting on Market Street on New Year’s Day.

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CULTURE CLASH: Give yourself the best chance to keep those resolutions

We’re only two days in, so of course excitement about the new year is still in the air. It still feels like we have a lot of time and can do anything.

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Sir Franklyn: ‘High chance’ of new Atlantis ownership

Sir Franklyn Wilson says there is “a high possibility” that Atlantis may undergo a change in ownership in 2019, describing this as a “significant” investment boost for The Bahamas.

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16 Haitians held after wooden sloop found

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended 16 Haitians after discovering a wooden sloop around 1am yesterday.

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'Marital rape issue must be addressed'

THE government can no longer ignore calls for martial rape legislation, Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell said yesterday.

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Murder toll lowest in nine years

THE country closed out 2018 with 91 reported murders, the fewest in nine years, according to The Tribune’s records.

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THE Valley Boys held true to its “take no prisoners” declaration at the 2019 New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade, capturing the unofficial first place crown under the theme: “We Give God Thanks and Total Praise”.

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Our junior female athletes of 2018

THE future of Bahamian sport is in good hands with the current generation of young women leading the charge

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‘Immense problems’ if BPL not improved by year-end

The Bahamas will suffer “immense problems” if Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) closes 2019 in the same condition it is now, a prominent businessman has warned.

Moving in the right direction

An open letter from the FNM government after its first full year in office.

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Mystic Marlins win title

The Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins made an early statement on the local high school basketball scene with an offseason tournament win.

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Burrows trying to pave way for Bahamian players

HAVING taken advantage of the opportunity to make a living playing basketball outside of the National Basketball Association, Jaraun ‘Keno’ Burrows said he’s trying to provide an avenue for some of the other young, talented Bahamian players like Domnick ‘Nardo’ Bridgewater to follow suit in France.

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Bethel ready to take web shops to court

IF webshop operators were to proceed with their legal fight against the government over the sliding scale taxes imposed on the sector last year, Attorney General Carl Bethel said the government's legal team is "ready to go".

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‘Find the sweet spot’ for financial services

The Bahamas must “find the sweet spot” between meeting regulatory and market demands if its financial services industry is to survive and remain a key growth driver, a top QC has warned.

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GB Power’s supply deals under review

Grand Bahama Power Company’s now-expired East and West End electricity supply agreements are under review by the Attorney General’s Office, Tribune Business can reveal.

‘Misinformation’ on WTO impact causes concern

The Chamber of Commerce’s top trade executive is expressing concern about “the level of misinformation” being circulated about The Bahamas’ bid for full WTO membership.