Stories for June 2019


Sunday, June 30

Freedom Farm claims all three division titles

The Freedom Farm Baseball League highlighted the final day of the Bahamas Baseball Association’s 2019 National Championships with a dominant performance and three division titles. Freedom Farm won the 8U, 10U and 14U titles yesterday in head-to-head

Bahamas' case for lesser KYC regime still 'not sufficient'

The Bahamas cannot rely on the Central Bank’s “low risk” finding alone to persuade international regulators it should lower an onerous compliance burden, an ex-attorney general is arguing. Alfred Sears QC, who held the post from 2002-2007, told Trib

Team Bahamas named for Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships

THE Bahamas Golf Federation has announced the team members that are expected to represent the Bahamas at the 63rd annual Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. The championships will be held at the Casa de Campo’s The Links Course in La Romana, Domin

Six-month plant delay hits Pharmachem jobs

A six-month construction delay has forced Pharmachem Technologies to lay-off 23 staff, with possibly more to follow, in what was yesterday described as a “major blow” for Freeport’s economy.Tribune Business understands that the Grand Bahama pharmaceu

Intellectual property key as WTO awaits

More than 30 Bahamian entrepreneurs have been equipped with tools to assist their venture’s development by protecting its intellectual property. Participants from small and medium-sized companies producing native drinks, jams and jellies, business c

Bahamas must 'come to grips' with FATF realities

THE DNA’s former leader says The Bahamas must “come to grips” with the fact that its efforts to comply with global financial services regulatory demands will “never be enough”. Urging this country to pursue economic diversification and the developme

BLTA's Junkanoo Bowl starts today

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association is getting ready to begin its annual International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junkanoo Bowl Tournament at the National Tennis Centre today. The event features top junior tennis talent from local and abroad. This year

BTC apologises for 'critical fault'

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday apologised after “a critical fault” on its network disrupted fixed-line and mobile voice communications throughout the weekend. Garfield “Garry” Sinclair, BTC’s chief executive, said the company

Bimini power crisis 'like visiting the Third World'

A Cabinet minister has admitted that Bimini’s power crisis is “extremely vexing” for the island’s tourism lifeline as furious visitors cancel bookings, leave early and demand refunds. Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured , minister of tourism and aviation,

'Unusual' claims volume knocks Summit off peak

A Bahamian insurer has blamed “an usually large number of claims” for a non-hurricane year resulting in 2018 profits being slashed almost in half. Tim Ingraham, Summit Insurance Company’s president, told Tribune Business that the underwriter’s 48.1

Sands to run for president of NACAC

BY Tuesday, former Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations president and public relations officer Mike Sands will know whether or not he will become the fifth president of the North America, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association.Sa

Swimming pigs come back home

The film based on Exuma’s swimming pigs has arrived back home to screenings in The Bahamas following stops in Fort Lauderdale and at the Cannes International Film Festival.Pigs of Paradise was shown to a sold-out crowd at the Island House Cinema on S

Govt renews 52-week jobs initiative for year

The government is renewing its 52-week jobs initiative with a pledge to “re-engage” those of the 1,000 participants who received “satisfactory” reports from their employers and ministries.Brensil Rolle, pictured, minister of public service and Nation

19-member team all set for Mexico

FOR the first time, the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association has added the under-18 division to the Under-23 division for the 10th edition of the biennial NACAC Championships this year. Described as the best that the B

Soccer girls get their athletic scholarships

LAURANN Brown, Savanna Rolle and Grand Bahamian McKell Yallop were among the first of five soccer players who have pioneered the student-athlete resources and support (Stars) programme. The three, accompanied by their parents and family members, wer

El Aalvador: Age group team leaves on July 25

SHERRY Francis likes the make-up of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Age Group team that she’s taking to San Salvador, El Salvador. The eight-member team, comprising of five from New Providence and thre

Arnett-Willie invited to serve as a commentator

WITH a track career that enabled her to compete at the Olympic Games over and done with, former sprinter Philippa Arnett-Willie is lending her expertise to the sport as a commentator.While she has distinguished herself locally, her new found talent w

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UPDATED – Dr Sands: None of the 17 injured in party shooting have died

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said none of the 17 people injured during a shooting incident early this morning at Montel Heights have died.

Friday, June 28

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06282019 EDITION

Friday, 28th June, 2019.

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06282019 WEEKEND

Friday, 28th June, 2019.

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Decommissioned Western Air plane collides with overhang

A decommissioned Western Air plane collided with an overhang during routine mechanical checks in Nassau early Friday morning, according to an airline official.

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Visitors 'won't stop using the beach' after shark tragedy

“IT won’t stop me from going in the water,” Donna McHugh, a visitor from Massachusetts, said of Wednesday’s fatal shark attack.

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Davis: Arawak Cay plans a 'knee jerk' response

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis has said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ plan to redevelop Junkanoo Beach and Arawak Cay was a “knee jerk” response because his administration realised its 2019/2020 Budget fell flat.

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Govt spending $1.5m on 150 scholarships

A TOTAL of $1.5m is being spent by the government to give 150 scholarships to public high school students to continue their studies abroad.

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Man charged with murder and attempted murder

POLICE have finally charged most wanted fugitive Tico Omar “Pitbull” Lightbourne with murdering a man and attempting to kill another at an inner city bar over two years ago.

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Prosecutor 'attacked because of role in conviction'

A Crown prosecutor on Friday claimed a man attacked him and ordered another man to stab him earlier this year because of his role in having another one of the man’s friends convicted for a criminal offence.

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Pompey Square hosts National Testing Day

"Get Tested Bey" is the message to the public as part of the 12th annual National Testing Day - held in Pompey Square on Friday.

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Cornelius Alvin Smith sworn in as Governor General

CORNELIUS Alvin Smith was sworn in as the 11th Governor General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on Friday, an appointment that sealed his rise from humble beginnings at Snow Hill, Long Island, through a long career in the civil service.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: I’m off to petition the PM to change the national anthem to Turn Off The Lights

I DISTINCTLY remember in January of 2018, that works Minister Desmond Bannister suggested that Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) was on pace to deliver to the public its best summer on record.

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Three dead after two separate shooting incidents

IN less than 14 hours, three people were killed in two separate shooting incidents in New Providence, police have confirmed.

Shark attack shows need for safe practices

THE news that a 21-year-old American woman was killed in a shark attack while swimming off Rose Island has been a shock both here and abroad.

Price control hotline re-launched

THE Price Commission has relaunched its 24-hour hotline in an effort to combat serious breaches of the Price Control Act and announced its partnership with the National Emergency Management Agency to ensure consumers aren’t taken advantage of this hu

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Cooper urges URCA to investigate BPL

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party deputy leader Chester Cooper wants the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority to investigate Bahamas Power and Light, insisting apologies won’t help the many consumers and business owners that have lost valuable appliances during continued power cuts.

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‘Impossible to stay in this business’

Increased costs linked to Nassau’s main airport being reduced to one runway are the latest factor “making it impossible to continue in this business”, a Bahamian airline chief warned yesterday.

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Families united in grief as bodies come home

WAILS pierced the air as the plane carrying the bodies of Blair John and Alrae Ramsey touched the tarmac at the Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday.

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Dame Marguerite takes a final bow

IT was a speech that tracked her humble beginnings from a poor, barefoot girl in Andros to the highest office in the land.

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Shark alert on major beaches

IN the wake of Wednesday’s horrific shark attack that claimed the life of a 21-year-old American woman, the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is advising the public to “exercise extreme caution” while “in and around” the waters of New Providence, Rose Island, and Paradise Island.

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'Buddy' Hield enjoys courtside with Jones and Sun

JONQUEL Jones continues to garner recognition from WNBA fans, international media on pace for an MVP season, and a fellow Bahamian basketball icon was on hand to take in her latest contest and the bond between the two.Buddy Hield was courtside as Jon

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Student-athletes earn college scholarships

St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine’s rich heritage can now boast of having an unprecedented seven student-athletes in the Class of 2019 all achieving Division One college scholarships.

We should have higher goals

I wish to inform the Hon Minister Bannister that when I can’t sleep because of boiling temperatures, when I watch my appliances malfunction, when I can’t watch my favourite tv programmes, when I can’t cook or heat my food, all because of BPL power cuts, the fact that there may have been more power cuts under the PLP brings me no solace.

Keep protecting us

Police shoot to live, not to kill. It is obvious from the conduct of criminals that they do not care if their target is armed or unarmed. Most of the victims being shot and murdered are unarmed. The criminals expect the Police to be armed and when confronted will shoot to kill.

Grab power with cannabis

Let us not forget that the legal battle that the Bobo Ashanti has put against the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has been overcome in other Commonwealth jurisdictions.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: A real show of community we can all learn from

When a tour bus carrying four locals and 24 passengers from a Carnival Cruise Line ship docked in Eleuthera crashed on Monday, the rush to assist was nothing short of phenomenal.

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Junior tennis stars take spotlight at nationals

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s Junior Nationals, sponsored by the Byron Ferguson Foundation, was completed at the National Tennis Centre on Wednesday. The winners and runners-up were as follows: Girls 8-and-under Alyssa Thurston - champion;

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'Thousands' expected to attend Regatta in Morgan's Bluff

THE All Andros and Berry Islands Regatta committee looks to galvanise support for July’s event as they expect thousands to patronise the upcoming 26th edition, July 5-7 in Morgan’s Bluff, Andros. Twenty sloops are expected to compete and highlight t

GB youngsters join employment scheme

NEARLY 200 young people on Grand Bahama are participating in the government’s Summer Youth Employment Programme this year. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, parliamentary secretary of information and communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, and M

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Schizophrenic mother claims demons told her to set fire to young child

A jury yesterday saw graphic photos of the charred body of a one-year-old girl who died from being set afire by her schizophrenic mother who claimed demons told her to do it, a court heard yesterday.At least one juror could be seen fighting back tear

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Hunt for armed robber

POLICE are searching for a man responsible for an armed robbery on Wednesday. According to reports, shortly after 9pm a woman was standing outside a residence on Vanria Avenue, Sunset Park when she was approached by an armed man who robbed her of a s

Senator Moss backs Cooper's call to raise age of consent

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party deputy leader Chester Cooper has drawn support from Free National Movement Senator Jamaal Moss over his desire to raise the age of consent. During his budget contribution on Tuesday, Senator Moss argued the age of consent f

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Supermarket thieves build trolley ladder to escape

POLICE are investigating the overnight burglary of Super Value Baillou Hill Road, where assailants stacked trollies to escape the store through a hole cut into the roof.A video of the incident’s aftermath went viral across social media yesterday, gar

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Union leaders ‘unaware’ of BTC family island sick-out

TRADE union leaders yesterday denied knowledge of a sick-out that resulted in the closure of most of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) self-owned Out Island retail stores.

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‘Economic lifeblood’ threat from EU list

The “lifeblood of the Bahamian economy” will be threatened if this nation is unable to avoid a revised European “high risk” list, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has warned.

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‘Miscarriage’ costs ex-banker $155k CIBC damages

A senior banker’s $155,000 damages award against CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) has been overturned due to “a substantial miscarriage of justice”.

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Nassau Flight sale timeline ‘aggressive’ but needed

A Cabinet minister has admitted that the Nassau Flight Service (NFS) privatisation timetable is “aggressive”, but argued that “there’s nothing wrong with that” ahead of today’s bid deadline.

Miller defends BPL during his watch

A former Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) chairman yesterday defended the utility’s performance under his watch, arguing that the length and frequency of outages has “never been like this”.

BAIC targets improved business plan crafting

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has has held a two-day workshop to equip staff with the skills for helping entrepreneurs write business plans that can be financed.

Bahamas nominated to represent region on UN agriculture body

The Bahamas is the sole nominee to represent CARICOM on the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) for the next three years, with elections set for today.

IAN FERGUSON: Strategies to beat workplace ‘haters’

Everyone who has been in a work environment for more than a year claims to have “haters” on their backs. The Bahamian definition of a “workplace hater” is someone who has no logical reason to dislike or harm another employee, but does so anyway.

Thursday, June 27

A brighter Bahamas, still comin'

How fortunate to have been part and parcel of the campaign to Independence. To have witnessed it, heard the arguments for and against it, it helps me to know pretenders who today claim to have supported it then. The most defining moment in Bahamian h

Gospel singer's mentorship programme visits New York

Gospel singer Ricardo Clarke was recently able to take his “Occupy” youth mentorship programme beyond the Bahamas to New York City.The “Occupy” initiative aims to shape character, teach discipline, foster business acumen and promote health within the


Church gets much needed facelift

Canon Peter Scott, rector of Holy Cross Anglican Church, has made a clarion call for old members of the church who may not have visited in a while to return and celebrate the institution’s 41st anniversary.On Sunday, June 30, Anglican Bishop Laish Bo

MEDITATION: The Book of Joshua

There are many leaders in the Bible who face challenges in the course of their social, political and religious duties. As we take responsibility for the state of our nation today, adults and young people alike have to move to new levels of accountabi

A revival for clergy and others who have lost their way

Revival is definitely achievable for the Bahamas, and is something that we must pray for. We are at the threshold of total depravity spiritually. Social media has taken over our minds and hearts. The LGBT community continues to assert itself, and tee

Apostle honours 'great sons of the soil' with banquet

MEN from all walks of life were recognised during a special banquet awards presented recently by the Living Waters Kingdom Ministries.The first ever “Men of Impact” banquet recognised distinguished men who are making a positive impact on society. The

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GOVERNOR GENERAL FAREWELL SALUTE & SWEARING IN: Road closures, traffic diversions

On Friday, 28th June 2019 at 10:00 am, the farewell ceremony and swearing in ceremony for the Governor-General will be in Parliament and Rawson Squares and as such there will be road closures as well as traffic diversions to facilitate the proceedings.

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06272019 EDITION

Thursday, 27th June, 2019.

Claims which can’t just be shrugged off

THERE were two shocking statements yesterday – both detailed in today’s Tribune.

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Murder conviction quashed because dying man’s words dismissed as weak evidence

A MAN has had his murder conviction overturned after Court of Appeal judges found a dying man’s declaration that the accused had shot him was weak evidence.

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We want to work with vendors, says ministry

THE government has reportedly considered partnering with a vendor-backed entity for the development of Potter’s Cay Dock, the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources has revealed. In a statement addressing concerns raised by vendor associations

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STATESIDE: Wrongly accused of racism, one family fought to clear its name

Oberlin College is one of the most liberal institutions of higher learning in the United States.

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VIDEO: Stacked shopping carts used in store break in

This video from social media shows the aftermath of a break in at a food store involving a hole in the roof, ropes and stacked shopping carts.

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I had no power for eight hours, claims one resident

AS many New Providence residents criticised Bahamas Power and Light for load shedding, one man claimed power failures left him without electricity for more than eight hours on Tuesday.

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32-year-old accused of murdering Mdeez

SHAMANO Cooper is responsible for murdering Bahamian singer Devon “Mdeez” Knight last week, police have alleged.

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Sarkis unveils his ‘Preserve’

Baha Mar visionary in real estate comeback

Sarkis Izmirlian is targeting a “substantial” jobs and GDP impact with a 333-acre mixed-use development at Clifton Bay that is focused on “sustainability” and environmental preservation.

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Burglar 'was shot after stabbing officer'

A former police reservist yesterday testified how a 33-year-old shop breaking suspect was shot and killed after allegedly stabbing his former partner in the arm almost a decade ago.

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US woman dies after shark attack

AN American woman is dead after a shark attack near Rose Island yesterday.

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‘Police beat suspects? Ridiculous’

A FORMER police officer’s claim that for decades the Royal Bahamas Police Force has falsified reports, beaten suspects for confessions and sent innocent people to prison was denounced by National Security Minister Marvin Dames and Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson.

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BPL union: Blackouts worst it’s ever been

AS key government facilities were among dozens of areas struck by power cuts yesterday, Bahamas Electrical Workers Union president Paul Maynard said the ongoing situation is at its “worst” as he suggested Bahamians needed to protest against this electricity crisis.

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Opening marijuana town hall meeting

THE Bahamas Marijuana Commission held its first town hall in New Providence yesterday evening. The meeting was held at St John’s College. The commission’s mandate is to codify the views of the Bahamian public on all things related to cannibis and ma

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Kristian, Trent and Moss hit home runs in minor leagues

AN active night for Bahamian minor league baseball players featured three prospects hitting their first home runs of the season and another in his second start on the mound. Kristian Robinson, Trent Deveaux and Keithron Moss all homered Tuesday nigh

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Baha Mar Showdown: Stars set to tee off in celebrity golf showcase

SOME of the biggest names in professional basketball and American football will tee off against each other during The Baha Mar Showdown, the second annual celebrity golf showcase created by Turner Sports and CAA Sports. The two-day competitive celeb

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THE big question for the Lakers now is how they can further improve their roster in free agency. They have holes to fill after trading the likes of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, in order to acquire Davis. They would presumably like to

Sandals Sponsors next golf classic

LYNFORD Miller, president of the Bahamas Golf Federation, is pleased to announce that Sandals Resorts has agreed to become the title sponsor for the BGF’s next tournament. Formerly the Great Exuma Classic, the event has been rebranded as the Sandals

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Sydney wins national title

Several new champions were crowned while others were able to repeat on the final day of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s Junior Nationals, presented by the Byron Ferguson Foundation, at the National Tennis Centre.

Citizens must lead the fight against corruption

Edward Abbey, an American author said “a patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government”.

Lucky to live in this beautiful country

The Development Board, the predecessor of the Ministry of Tourism, once referred to the Bahamas as the “Isles of Perpetual June”. With the abundance of beautiful trees in flower at this time, I think we should refer to the Bahamas as the “Isles of Perpetual Bloom”.

Ambassadors represent us all

Successive governments have adopted the practice of appointing ambassadors plucked from the private sector who often have no formal training in diplomacy or even the public service.

Workshop aimed at ending exploitation of Bahamas

THE Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission yesterday launched the Access Benefit Sharing (ABS) Inception Workshop, an initiative to ensure the country benefits from scientific discoveries made using local resources. BEST Commi

Milestone for Aliv

ALIV celebrated a new milestone yesterday: the official launch of ‘Freedom Simplified’, its new prepaid packages inclusive of free and unlimited calling and texting between Aliv patrons. Chief Alive Officer Damian Blackburn said this was the first t

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Dames warns against complacency despite retaining Tier 1 status

THE Bahamas must avoid complacency despite strides made in the fight against human trafficking, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday.Last week it was reported The Bahamas retained its Tier 1 placement in the US State Department’s

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Turnquest: Prepare for hurricanes

ALTHOUGH the Bahamas is predicted to have a “normal” hurricane season, Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday pointed out that it “only takes one storm to really cause devastation.”He noted the major hurricanes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 cost

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Ecuadorian faces jail after selling tourist souvenirs

AN Ecuadorian national who was discovered illegally selling souvenir items brought from his home country at the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Grand Bahama was arraigned in the court this week. Jose Luis Lema Santillan, 30, appeared before Deputy Chief

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Passenger arrested after $17,550 found concealed in luggage

GRAND Bahama police arrested a man at Freeport Harbour on Tuesday afternoon when a large amount of US currency was discovered hidden in a carry-on luggage. According to police reports, shortly around noon a male resident of Eleuthera Drive, Hawksbil

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Mega refinance for BPL ‘stable footing’

“Final discussions” are being held to select the advisers for Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) mega refinancing that will place the crisis-stricken utility on a “much more stable” footing.

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Realtors warn over client KYC ‘overkill’

Realtors yesterday expressed surprise that the Central Bank had identified their industry as posing a higher money laundering risk given the due diligence “overkill” clients currently face.

Non-Profit Bill ‘scary no more’

The government’s proposed legislation to regulate non-profit organisations (NPOs) is no longer “the scary Bill that could have decimated the sector”, a prominent activist revealed yesterday.

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AG: Let me go tell the FATF: ‘We’ve done it’

THE attorney general yesterday urged the Bahamian financial services industry to “do what you have to do” over the summer to ensure this nation swiftly escapes the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) monitoring list.

Bahamian shipyard in 4,000 acre BAIC deal

A Bahamian-owned ship repair facility has opened for business by leasing more than 4,000 acres of land from the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) on Eleuthera.

Web shops slam labour chief’s disputes claims

Web shop operators yesterday slammed assertions by the government’s top labour official that they are the source of many worker disputes as “wholly inaccurate, unsupported and inappropriate”.

National Culinary Team enjoys strong success

The Bahamas National Culinary Team produced a back-to-back winner at this year’s Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition, held from June 21-25 in Miami.

Governor targets ‘world leading’ counter to real estate financial crime

The Central Bank’s governor yesterday voiced optimism that The Bahamas will within three years possess a complete property database to help counter real estate-based money laundering.

AG: System upgrades tackle FATF concerns

THE Bahamas has addressed several issues that resulted in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) listing it among nations with deficiencies in their anti-financial crime defenses, the attorney general said yesterday.

Central Bank chief: Yes, web shops are ‘low risk’

THE Central Bank’s governor yesterday backed the Gaming Board’s findings that web shops pose no major money laundering threat to the domestic banking system and economy.

Wednesday, June 26

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06262019 EDITION

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019.

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THE ALICIA WALLACE COLUMN: Can someone turn the lights on in BPL’s thinking?

We know it happens and with greater frequency during the summer months, but we are frustrated by the disruption and inconvenience of electricity outages.

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I'm a long-shot from shaming myself in the FNM, says McAlpine

PINERIDGE MP Frederick McAlpine yesterday accused Senate Vice President Dr Mildred Hall-Watson of using his name for a clout, saying it’s “sad” she had to criticise him “in order to receive some kind of traction” as many people “didn’t even remember”

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Waive rent for Potter's Cay vendors urges PLP

THE government should consider waiving the rent of Potter’s Cay Dock vendors to offset falling profits vendors say they are experiencing due to new traffic and parking policy changes at the site, according to PLP leader Philip “Brave” Davis. He made

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26-year-old remanded over robbery charges

A 26-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday over allegations he robbed four people at gunpoint of over $1,000 worth of money and merchandise on the same day.McKenzie Pierre, of Boyd Road, stood before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with fo

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Dames sets target of fewer than 85 murder in 2019

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames has his sights set on a murder count that is below 85 by the end of this year. The minister’s goal, outlined yesterday outside of Cabinet, is more ambitious than the one in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit r

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Online passports set to come in this year

BY the end of this year, applications for electronic passports will be processed online, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield yesterday. This is in a bid to decentralise the operations of the cramped Thompson Boulevard Passport Offi

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Truck and van collide on Shirley Street

Police are investigating a traffic accident that occurred on Shirley Street on Wednesday afternoon.

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Aliv to 'kick on' via latest $15m raise

Aliv’s top executive last night said it was “very confident” of hitting its latest $15m capital raising target as it bids “to kick on to the next level” of its growth strategy. Damian Blackburn told Tribune Business that the latest financing will pr

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Eleuthera bus crash: ‘God was with us’

“A GENUINE accident” is how Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar described the tour bus crash in Eleuthera that occurred on Monday, leaving more than a dozen people injured – but with no fatalities.

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Rasta pipedream? Lawsuit seeks drug convictions wiped out and damages

A GROUP of Rastas is seeking to have all criminal convictions that relate to Rastafari possession, cultivation and supply of Indian hemp since 1963 wiped out.

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Turin two: We’ve done all we can

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said yesterday the government has done everything “humanly possible” to determine what led to the deaths of Blair John and Alrae Ramsey in Turin, Italy earlier this month.

EDITORIAL: A bold move - but what we need is a decision

THE lawsuit filed by members of the Rastafarian community over Indian Hemp is a bold move – and one that comes at a delicate time in the debate over the legalisation of marijuana.

It's time to regulate all of our JPs

Re: It’s time to regulate all Justices of the Peace, in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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1,600 have found work through job fairs

ABOUT 1,600 job seekers have obtained employment through the government’s Labour on the Blocks job fairs, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said yesterday.The unemployment rate has remained persistently high over the last decade, with a rate of 10.7 perce

Urban Renewal Commission to hold free summer camp

THE Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development will hold a free one-month summer camp under the leadership of the Urban Renewal Commission. Urban Renewal Commission Acting Director Kellen Russell said the camp will run from July 1 to 26, 9am

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Three men charged over store break-in

THREE Grand Bahama men were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with a break-in at the Solomon’s Wholesale store, where over $50,000 was stolen from a bank ATM machine. Appearing before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye F

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'Web shops will have a Christmas party but hate to pay their staff a decent salary'

MORE than 1,000 trade disputes were filed with the Department of Labour in 2018, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes revealed yesterday during his budget contribution in the Senate. In total, 1,207 disputes were filed. Labour Director John Pinder later told

No sympathy for Fusion

The Fusion Super-plex complex complains about BPL and its power outages impact on their business.

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Sister rivalry: 'No matter who wins, there is no hard feelings'

EVEN though they are very competitive with each other in the swimming pool, Margaret Albury Higgs and Lillian Higgs would be the first to tell you that there is nothing that stands in the way of the love and respect that they share with each other as

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Anderson, Nottage secure spot in final

Peyton Anderson got some revenge on Gabrielle Simms to secure her berth into the final of the girls’ under-16 division of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s Junior Nationals at the National Tennis Centre. The tournament, sponsored by the Byron Fe

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97 Haitians guilty of illegal landing

NEARLY 100 Haitian migrants appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux yesterday and were convicted of illegal landing. The 97 migrants were ordered early deportation. This group included 86 men and 11 women. They were turned over to immigrat

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SpaceX launches hefty rocket with 24 satellites, experiments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes.

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Waymo teaming up with Renault and Nissan for robotaxis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Self-driving car pioneer Waymo is teaming up with automakers Renault and Nissan to make its first journey outside the U.S. with a ride-hailing service that will dispatch a fleet of robotaxis in France and Japan.

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Bimini losing tourists ‘left, right and centre’

A major Bimini resort yesterday said it had lost a three-day block booking of all its rooms and marina as Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) energy crisis extended beyond New Providence.

Tech Talk

• Vice President Mike Pence says the National Hurricane Center will improve its storm surge warnings this season thanks to three new satellites.

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‘Don’t waste billions’ on Andros as capital

A Freeport-based QC yesterday urged the government to “pull the trigger” on making his city The Bahamas’ future capital rather than waste “billions and billions” on moving it to Andros.

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Domestic banks 'low risk' over financial abuses

The Central Bank yesterday pronounced that domestic banking presents a “low risk” for financial crime, with the main vulnerabilities stemming from three industries - gaming, real estate and money transmission.The regulator, unveiling findings based o

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IDB: Clock ticking over EU list threat

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) yesterday urged the government to “prioritise” escaping the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) adverse listing before Europe revives its own initiative. A policy brief produced by IDB officials, which was

2,000 vehicles pass anti-dumping tests

Around 2,000 used Japanese vehicles have been pre-inspected and allowed into The Bahamas since the process designed to improve consumer safety was introduced in March. Dion Foulkes, minister of labour, and who has oversight of The Bahamas Bureau of

Parties 'halt' action in Morton Salt row

A Cabinet minister yesterday urged both sides in the Morton Salt dispute had agreed to “refrain” from taking any action that undermines the company’s economic viability. Dion Foulkes, minister of labour, said resolution of the differences between In

BFSB links to money maritime conference

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) sought to reinforce the sector’s maritime links by sponsoring last week’s 32nd annual Marine Money Week Conference in New York. The summit bridges the gap between shipowners and the international capital m

Insurance Commission unveils birthday plans

The Insurance Commission yesterday unveiled plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary as an independent regulator - a landmark that will be achieved on July 2, 2019.Under the theme, Commemorating a decade of regulating and ensuring trust, the commissio

Spending by 4m cruise visitors less than ideal

New Providence tour operators flocked to a Ministry of Tourism seminar designed to keep them on the cutting edge of developments in the fast-growing cruise industry. The Cruise and Maritime Tours seminar, held at the University of The Bahamas (UB),

Tuesday, June 25

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Jump ball for campers at the 10th Basketball Without Borders

TALENTED guard Deyton Albury and forward Romad Dean are the two latest Bahamians selected to participate in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Basketball Without Borders Americas camp. The 10th e

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06252019 EDITION

Tuesday, 25th June, 2019.

EDITORIAL: It's time for web shops to pay their due

Next time you go shopping, or go to a restaurant, consider this: when they bring you the bill, why don’t you say oh no, I’m only going to pay five percent VAT on this one? Or maybe eight percent?

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AG Bethel tells web shops: Pay your taxes and go to court later

AS the legal and regulatory framework for a tax agreement between the government and domestic gaming houses nears its competition, Attorney General Carl Bethel has warned those still fighting the deal to “pay your tax” and go to court later.His comme

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BPL urges customers to submit claims

BAHAMAS Power and Light executives have urged consumers to submit claims in instances where they believe frequent disruptions might have damaged appliances. And as load shedding is expected to continue for several more days, the company is also makin

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Police decline to verify crime spikes during power cuts

ALTHOUGH Bahamas Power and Light chairman Donovan Moxey has proclaimed safety concerns are a reason the power company does not preemptively release load shedding schedules, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson yesterday declined to verify the clai

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FACE TO FACE: Atarah on the path to finding the top talent

Nearly 50 Bahamians in a crowd of 10,000 people attending Morgan State University came to a thunderous applause when Atarah Pinder, Jamielle Davis, Michaela Thompson and a few other Bahamian students walked across the stage to receive their awards.

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Power crisis for $42m Superplex halts show

The $42m Fusion Superplex complex yesterday said it has suffered a “significant blow” from constant power woes that have left it without a back-up generator to cope with BPL’s latest outages.

‘Don’t let public see sex register’

THE country’s leading counselling and advocacy services provider for abuse victims does not want a sex offender register to be made public.

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BPL apologises for blackouts and admits: NOT GOOD ENOUGH

BAHAMAS Power and Light chairman Donovan Moxey has blamed this month’s adverse weather conditions for the power provider’s inability to receive rental generators earlier, which rendered it unable to fulfil electricity demands over the weekend when two of its units went offline.

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Lucayan purchase ‘economic rebirth’

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel staunchly defended the government’s decision to purchase the Grand Lucayan resort, insisting the move will prove to be the foundation for “a full fledged economic rebirth” in Grand Bahama.

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Mdeez murder wasn’t road rage

THE initial police report about how popular singer Devon “Mdeez” Knight died was wrong, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson confirmed yesterday, three days after the homicide.

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17-year-old charged with murder of 16-year-old

A 17-year-old boy was charged with murder in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The minor, who was accompanied by his mother in court, is accused of the stabbing death of 16-year-old Joshua Davis, of Carissa Street, Freeport. The juvenile a

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Man faces $16,000 fine after pleading guilty to firearm offences

A MAN who pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition at his arraignment in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday was fined $16,000 or, in default he must spend 18 months in prison. Kingsley Cooper, 28, of Scott Avenue, appeared bef

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Hall-Watson: McAlpine embarrassing FNM

SENATE Vice President Dr Mildred Hall-Watson slammed Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine during her contribution yesterday for attempting “to demean, disrespect and embarrass the Free National Movement.” In the Senate, Dr Mildred Hall-Watson said that s

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Case of RBDF marine charged with murder delayed again

FAMILY and friends of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine charged with murdering his superior at Government House yesterday prayed for justice after his case was delayed by another month. Able Seaman Jevon Seymour was due to receive a voluntary bill

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Two more charged over drive-by shooting

TWO more men were charged yesterday with murdering a 21-year-old man during a drive-by shooting that was captured on surveillance video two weeks ago. Jahman Delancy and Rashad Clarke appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt concerning

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The challenges and rewards of an oncologist

The medical field especially oncology is exciting, ever-changing, and dramatic in nature. Healthcare is fast-paced; you are dealing with life or death situations, and new patients come in every day, so you never will experience the same day twice.

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Get free HIV/AIDS testing this Friday

Despite considerable medical breakthroughs, the global HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to claim millions of lives around the world. And here in the Bahamas, the numbers are equally distressing, with recent statistics revealing that one in 50 people is currently living with the disease. In the face of such troubling data, healthcare professionals and advocacy groups alike have heightened efforts to raise awareness about the disease and encourage more Bahamians to know their HIV status.

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LIFE LINES: Living well is the best revenge

“Living well is the best revenge” is a quote from George Herbert, a 16th century poet. I don’t know what his motive or meaning was, but my interpretation which I apply to my own life is that to do so means making the best of whatever life throws at us, and making it count.

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Blogger-turned-author pens manual for freelancers waiting on big break

Bahamian media maven Ianthia Ferguson has quickly gone from blogger to author.

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Todd Isaacs Jr called up to Isotopes in Triple-A

TODD Isaacs Jr received the highest minor league promotion of his career after just two months within the Colorado Rockies organisation.

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Healing through celibacy: Wellness coach finds new purpose by becoming abstinent

While it can be difficult at times, being celibate is still one of the best decisions Dr Lorneka Joseph says she has ever made for her life.Three years ago, the author told Tribune Woman that rejection and failed romantic relationships had led her to

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How to achieve the mindset of a 'queen of business'

WITH more women than ever before turning to business ownership, according to Forbes Magazine, there is a need for more education regarding effective leadership and business skills.Tips on how women can establishment themselves as entrepreneurs and e

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Rising swim stars shine atop their division

THE Mako Aquatics Club completed the 2019 Rev National Swimming Championships with their back-to-back victory at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre on Sunday night. At the end of the four-day meet, Mako Aquatic collected a total of 1,862.50 poin

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Never ignore urinary symptoms

Many men, women and children have their lives controlled by their bladder issues and it often drastically reduces the quality of their lives.Afraid to drink a glass of water when away from home because of the potentially embarrassing problem of needi

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For the love of food

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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RESULTS: Bahamas Swimming Federation Aliv National Swimming Championships

• RESULTS of the Bahamas Swimming Federation’s Aliv National Swimming Championships, held over the weekend at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre, are as follows:Girls 13-14 800 LC Meter Freestyle1, Thompson *, Zaylie-Elizabeth P, AAC, 9:35.07. 2,

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Sydney clinches berth in final

It’s coming down to crunch time in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s Junior Nationals at the National Tennis Centre and some of the top players are gearing up for their appearances in the finals.Sydney Clarke, the top-ranked junior player in the

Swimming teams named for CCCAN, Fina and Pan Am Games

WITH the completion of the Aliv National Championships over the weekend at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre, the Bahamas Swimming Federation is preparing for their swimmers to compete in four international meets. • On Thursday, the first team

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Basketball Without Borders: Albury, Dean to represent Bahamas

DEYTON Albury and Romad Dean received the opportunity of a lifetime when they were selected to represent the Bahamas at the 10th Basketball Without Borders camp, hosted by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federa

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Burgers for breakfast or pancakes for dinner

Gal pals create new 'Brunchish' venture for all tastes

Friends Imani and Tonesha are two young women who are taking the current popular brunch trend to the next level. They are working on creating an all-day breakfast experience which then morphs into lunch and dinner. The name of their new venture is “B

Devaluing scholarship

PM Minnis just devalued the credit and scholarship of the University - thanks but no thanks.

So, what news from capsize investigation?

In February, 2019 a boat left Haiti with reportedly 97 persons on board: The boat reported capsized and sunk in Bahamian waters in the Abacos. The media published the reports and told us that law enforcement in The Bahamas would be investigating this major incident. We have heard no more of the incident and the result of the investigation.

At least that $20m stays in our economy

BAHAMAS Hot Mix has been awarded a $20 million contract by the Nassau Airport Development Company to upgrade two runways at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

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Govt is urged: 'Knock out low hanging fruit'

The government’s 14-day target for completing property registration would represent “a tremendous improvement”, an attorney yesterday urging: “It’s time to knock out the low hanging fruit.”Darron Pickstock, who heads the Chamber of Commerce’s trade a

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'No more taxation pins and needles'

Chamber of Commerce executives have called for “substantive dialogue” with the government on the future of Bahamian taxation to avoid companies being left “sitting on pins and needles”.Jeffrey Beckles, the chamber’s chief executive, told Tribune Busi

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Bahamians told: Don't view WTO as 'destination'

Bahamians must not view World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership as the “end destination” but rather “one tool” for achieving essential reforms, Chamber of Commerce executives are urging.Jeffrey Beckles, the Chamber’s chief executive, and Darron Pic

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BPL power outages ‘totally unacceptable’

A Chamber of Commerce executive yesterday slammed the power outages affecting New Providence as “totally unacceptable”, blaming them on “bad planning” by Bahamas Power & Light (BPL).

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Building permit delay slash 'win-win for all'

Construction industry executives yesterday hailed the government’s ambition to slash by 75 percent the “exorbitant” time taken to obtain building permits as “a win-win for everybody”.Robert Myers, principal of the Caribbean Group and multiple constru

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BPL to launch bid process for Bimini

BAHAMAS Power & Light (BPL) yesterday said it plans to launch a bidding process within the next two weeks to seek permanent replacements for its fire-devastated Bimini generation units.

Minister touts other tech hub investors

A government minister yesterday replied to concerns raised by the original Grand Bahama technology hub investor by pointing to other companies attracted to the island. Senator Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, used his 2019-2020 bu

Agricultural revival in three-phase plan

A Cabinet minister is aiming to implement a three-phased strategy to revive a Bahamian agriculture sector he says is at a crossroads.Michael Pintard, minister of agriculture and marine resources, during his contribution to the 2019-2020 budget debate

Monday, June 24

Annual youth summer camp kicks off in fine style

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force’s 26th annual youth summer camp kicked off yesterday with an opening ceremony held at Church of God of Prophecy on East Street. The church was filled with excited campers and members of the RPBF, with remarks delivered

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UPDATED: Initial police report about Mdeez death was wrong

UPDATE: THE initial police report about how popular singer Devon “Mdeez” Knight died was wrong, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson confirmed Monday, three days after the homicide.

Tourists airlifted for treatment after Eleuthera tour bus crash

A number of tourists were airlifted to New Providence and South Florida hospitals for medical treatment following a serious traffic accident in South Eleuthera Monday morning.

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06242019 EDITION

Monday, 24th June, 2019.

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INSIGHT: Let’s give it a try – What a cancer survivor told a public forum on marijuana

“LET’S give it a try,” is what 66-year-old breast cancer survivor Gloria Gilbert told panelists at a public forum on marijuana last week.

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Infrastructure deficit 'can't be quantified'

The Ministry of Works has $100m less than desired in its 2019-2020 capital works budget to tackle a Bahamian infrastructure deficit its minister has described as “unquantifiable”.Desmond Bannister, minister of works, told Tribune Business that many o

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Italian two: ’Deaths accidental’

ITALIAN police have concluded that the deaths of two Bahamian men in Italy this month were accidental, according to Italian media reports.

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‘We want murder rate down to 85’

THE Minnis administration wants to reduce the number of murders to 85 by 2021 while reducing the average time it takes to get a business licence from 30 days to 24 hours.

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Lucius Fox and Chavez Young see teams clinch playoff berths

LUCIUS Fox and Chavez Young both saw their clubs clinch playoff berths in their respective leagues after winning first half pennants. Fox and his Montgomery Biscuits finished atop the division in the Double A Southern League North with a record of 4

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Jazz Chisholm cracks 15 homers so far this season in Double A

JAZZ Chisholm continues to be one of the top home run hitters in the Double A Southern League and added another pair to his season total over the weekend. Chisholm now has 15 home runs for the season, one off the league leading pace of 16 by Ibandel

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Final changing of the guard ceremony for Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling

GOVERNOR General Dame Marguerite Pindling attended her final Royal Bahamas Defence Force changing of the guard ceremony at Government House on Friday.

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Marine conservation workshop focused on regulation

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force, in collaboration with the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, held a closing ceremony on Friday for its second annual law enforcement marine conservation workshop.

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WORLD VIEW: OAS should promote systemic change in Haiti not an external agenda

IN what is increasingly becoming a pattern of ignoring established procedures and authority in the Organisation of American States (OAS), a delegation went to troubled Haiti on June 19 without any discussion or mandate by the Permanent Council, the organ responsible for making and overseeing policy between General Assemblies.

INSIGHT: The Rastafarian community’s fight for religious freedom a tall order

WITH a wave of countries removing bans on marijuana, the subject of legalising or decriminalising the herb has been the subject of much discussion.

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Grand opening for Silver Gates

FIFTEEN parks and basketball courts in the Over-the-Hill community have been identified for restoration as part of the government’s plan to enhance and redevelop parks and green spaces throughout New Providence, said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.D

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Police seize five illegal firearms

POLICE seized five illegal firearms in two separate incidents on Friday and have taken two adult males into custody. In the first incident, according to reports, shortly after 1pm two American males arrived on New Providence at Jet Aviation, Lynden

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'AG's office and police have a conflict of interest over cannabis prosecutions'

THE police and the Attorney General’s Office have “a conflict” over prosecution of cannabis possession and intent to supply, according to former Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell.Mr Bell told participants in a public forum last week

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Make Andros centre of Bahamas, urges Sears

FORMER Attorney General Alfred Sears has articulated a bold plan to make Andros the political capital of the country. In a new piece, he argues that focusing on Andros could spur Bahamians to design a capital city that embraces Bahamian designs and

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Two men in hospital after shootings

TWO men are in hospital after they were shot in separate incidents over the weekend, according to police. In the first incident, a man was walking on Malvern Road in the Yellow Elder Gardens area shortly after 7pm Friday, when he was approached by a

Time for summer recess

Unprecedented, the Prime Minister moves from the front beach of the Government side to sit with a back bencher on the Opposition side then, oh that Travis Robinson speech…so much lucky split! The yesterday now the best of friends Robinson sits next to PM on Government side…what big announcement coming soon?

No fan of Hanna Martin

I have been watching Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin’s performance in the House of Assembly for a little while. I have been very disappointed by her.

Nationality is not the main concern

I read with some disappointment a news article in your June 19, 2019 edition that reported concerns being raised about the appointment of Commonwealth citizens to senior posts in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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TWO STRAIGHT: Mako Aquatics Club celebrates back-to-back championship victories

The Mako Aquatics Club completed the 2019 Rev National Swimming Championships with their back-to-back victory at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre last night. At the end of the four-day meet, Mako Aquatic collected a total of 1,862.50 points to

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Junior Tennis Nationals being held in memory of Byron Ferguson

HE’S still missing, but the family of Byron Ferguson is keeping his memory alive by sponsoring the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s Junior Nationals this week at the National Tennis Centre. The tournament got started on Saturday and will wrap up on

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Davis Cup: Team Bahamas 6th overall, stays in Zone III

THE Bahamas will remain in zone III of the Americas Davis Cup tie for another year after the team of Philip Major Jr, Baker Newman, Justin Lunn and Donte Armbrister had to settle for a sixth-place finish at the Costa Rica Country Club in Escazu, San

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Junior Baseball League of Nassau emerge champions

THE Bahamas Baseball Association continued its National Championships over the weekend as Eleuthera hosted the 12U Division.The Junior Baseball League of Nassau emerged as champions in the five-team field which also included Grand Bahama Little Leagu

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Regulator 'division' cure required for web shop tax deal

The government will this week seek to heal Gaming Board “divisions” to pave the way for resolution of the web shop taxation dispute in time for the new fiscal year.Carl Bethel QC, the attorney general, revealed to Tribune Business that “a framework f

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Insurance overhaul to meet EU demand

The government is planning to consolidate the Domestic and External Insurance Acts into one in a move that mirrors the banking industry’s compliance with European Union (EU) demands.Tim Ingraham, Summit Insurance Company’s president, told Tribune Bus

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Bahamas listing escape awaits FATF 'action plan'

The Bahamas will not be considered for removal from a 12-strong list of nations with weaknesses in their anti-financial crime defenses until it completes its “action plan” by this September.Carl Bethel QC, the attorney general, told Tribune Business

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Thousands enraged as load shedding continues

BAHAMAS Power and Light expects New Providence load shedding to continue until rental generators are installed at its Blue Hills Station and offline equipment is brought back on stream.

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Morton Salt union: Lock out ‘union busting’ tactic

Morton Salt’s line staff union is accusing the salt harvester of using its threatened employee “lock-out” as a “union-busting” tactic.

Planning enforcement key to Andros growth

ANY attempt to develop Andros without establishing properly planned and zoned districts will be a “hotbed” for economic and social chaos, a Bahamian engineer has warned.

Over 100 executives attend PI conference

More than 100 tour operators, airline executives and hotel representatives gathered at Atlantis last week to kick-off the 2019 International Travel Partners Conference.

BAIC partners over intellectual property protection workshop

The government last week partnered with a Caribbean agency to host a two-day work workshop on how small and medium-sized businesses can protect their intellectual property.The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and the Caribbean E

Saturday, June 22

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Man dies after Pinewood Gardens stabbing

Police are investigating after a man died following a stabbing incident in Pinewood Gardens on Friday night.

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Singer Mdeez believed to be murder victim

Bahamian music artist Mdeez is believed to be the country’s latest homicide victim, after he was stabbed in a row following a traffic collision on Friday night.

Friday, June 21

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06212019 EDITION

Friday, 21st June, 2019.

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06212019 WEEKEND

Friday, 21st June, 2019.

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Police cracking down on cyber-bullying

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force is cracking down on incidents of cyber-bullying, particularly against juveniles, Superintendent Mark Barrett confirmed this on Friday, as he also called for stronger legislation against cyber-bullying.

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100 migrants detained near Inagua

A GROUP of 100 migrants was detained on Thursday afternoon in a joint operation.

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Installation of BPL generators 'nearing completion'

BAHAMAS Power & Light has announced the installation of several additional rental generators at its Blue Hill power station, amidst rolling outages associated with load shedding.

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Stakeholders to discuss 'Nassau Entertainment District' with officials

ARAWAK Cay and Junkanoo Beach stakeholders will get an opportunity to meet with officials overseeing the proposed “Nassau Entertainment District” project, a spokesperson from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) confirmed on Friday.

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Court of Appeal reduces rape sentence by five years

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed a man’s attempts at overturning his 25 year sentence for breaking into a young woman’s house and raping her at gunpoint while her children slept in the bed. However, the court took five years off his sentence because the original was considered “unduly harsh”.

School principal: Social media fuelling increase in student conflicts

A SCHOOL principal in Grand Bahama believes that social media is fuelling an increase of violence and conflicts among students who are committing serious crimes, such as assaults against their peers.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Miriam's colleagues just sat there in silence for too long

This past week we witnessed an MP flub her budget contribution magnificently, got a look at Minnis’ legacy projects and were treated to hanging fruit that is parliamentary humour.

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Free tuition grades for university are revealed

IN a major policy shift beginning this fall, Bahamian students enrolled full-time at the University of Bahamas will be required to only maintain a 2.0 grade point average to receive free tuition and full financial coverage of their compulsory course fees.

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Minnis expects to save $3m on electricity bills after refit

THE government expects to save $3m in electricity bills each year with its recently announced street lighting retrofitting project, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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PLP denies responsibility for problems at children's ward

THE Progressive Liberal Party is insisting it bears no responsibility for the current condition of the Children’s Ward at Princess Margaret Hospital, as it began repairs but was voted out of office.

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Govt urged: ‘Fortune favours the brave’

The private sector yesterday warned the Government it is rapidly “running out of time” to develop a much-needed structural economic reform strategy, urging: “Fortune favours the brave.”

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Nurses vote to keep Williams

AMANCHA Williams has been reinstated as the president of the Bahamas Nurses Union, according to the unofficial results of the union’s elections which were held yesterday.

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Nygard wants ‘biassed’ judge recused from case

CANADIAN fashion mogul Peter Nygard is seeking to have a Supreme Court judge recuse herself from presiding over his pending sentencing hearing due to her alleged bias.

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‘Govt won’t clean up after Carnival’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has told Carnival band owners to clean up after themselves when future Road Fever parades have ended.

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Vendors concern over Arawak plan

THE government’s plan to overhaul Arawak Cay and Junkanoo Beach was yesterday met with some concern, as vendors and operators questioned the project’s impact on businesses and timeframe — key details that were left out of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ budget contribution on Wednesday.

Travis Munnings works out with the Hornets

TRAVIS Munnings had an active pre-draft process and hopes that he made enough of an impact for one of several teams he worked out for over the course of the last month. Following his most high profile workout with the Charlotte Hornets earlier this

Don't pretend we are not a wealthy country

I have followed the letters of Abraham Moss for some time, and find them to be well-informed and to demonstrate a good grasp of some of the most exasperating issues facing our country – often the same ones that provoke me to write.

Going for the lowest bid makes sense to me

Re Hot Mix & Brent Symonette

So has this party got a government permit?

The social media page advertises the event as “bare naked – The ultimate summer pool party.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Will a tiny piece of DNA revive a lost royal breed?

We take so much for granted. Rightly or wrongly, we believe we are invincible and our coping ability will fix anything. Throw a problem at us and we will find a cure. Tell us a species is nearly extinct and we’ll pull off an 11th hour rescue. We’ll rush through legislation. We’ll scour funding. We’ll create a habitat to ensure survival and change destiny.

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Kristian Robinson on 4-game multi-hit streak in Single-A

KRISTIAN Robinson has had an almost seamless transition to the Single A level thus far.

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Carl Hield looking forward to making impact this year

FRESH off his victory at the Sugar Bert Boxing Tournament at the Charlotte Harbor Convention Center, Carl Hield is looking forward to making an impact over the remainder of the year. Back home after winning the only gold medal for the Bahamas in Pun

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Orlando Magic star to highlight Stingers Elite Basketball Camp

THE fourth annual Stingers Elite Basketball Camp will be highlighted by an appearance from Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac. Isaac is expected to make an appearance at the camp today at the St George’s Gymnasium in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Camp Dir

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Davis Cup: Bahamas bounce back with win over USVI

TEAM Bahamas rebounded from their loss to host Costa Rica on Wednesday by taking it out on the US Virgin Islands yesterday in the American Zone III Davis Cup Tie.Philip Major Jr won his opening singles 6-0, 6-2 over Russell Armstrong, while Baker New

Modified Pitch Softball action

THE New Providence Wholesalers Modified Pitch Softball League continued its regular season action over the weekend at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. BTC Outsiders 25 St Barnabas Knights 0 The Outsiders batted around the clock to score 10 run

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UB Sports Summer Camp in 13th consecutive year

FOR the 13th consecutive year, Sean Bastian and his staff at the University of the Bahamas will be providing an alternative to the regular summer camps in the country.The objective of the UB Sports Summer Camp is to teach the fundamentals in basketba

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UPDATED: Miller-Uibo smashes 300m world record

Olympic 400 metre champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo left everybody watching in awe as she raced to a world record-breaking performance in the rarely contested women’s 300 metres at the 58th edition of the Golden Spike Ostrava.

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We only own small part of community garden, explains WSC

THE Water and Sewerage Corporation has clarified that it only owns a portion of the land in dispute in Pinewood Gardens which residents are using as a community garden. Last week, Pinewood MP Rueben Rahming claimed that constituents were squatting o

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Police force shows the way in blood donation challenge

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force was the group category winner of the first Blood Donors Society of Grand Bahama’s Drip Drip Challenge in Freeport to raise awareness of the importance of voluntary blood donation. Lededra Marche, president of the Blood

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Crooked Island delight as water supply improves

RESIDENTS of Crooked Island clapped their hands gleefully during a contract signing ceremony to supply potable water for the first time in several settlements on the remote island. Water and Sewerage Corporation Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson led

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17-year-old charged with shopbreaking

A 17-year-old was charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s court this week with shopbreaking.

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Bahamas retains its Tier 1 ranking over human trafficking

THE Bahamas has maintained its Tier 1 ranking in the latest human trafficking report by the US State Department but concerns persist over a reported decline in law enforcement and credible allegations of corruption.

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US judge dismisses activist's motion to be seen as a victim

A US federal judge has rejected a Bahamian environmentalist’s motion to be identified as a victim in proceedings against Carnival Corporation.

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Hotel chief hits out at ‘parasitic’ union leaders

THE Hotel Corporation’s chairman yesterday attacked “some parasitic” union leaders, arguing that their “extortionate, outrageous and crippling methods” pose a threat to The Bahamas’ economic welfare.

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PM’s ‘grander vision’ overtakes Junkanoo Beach outsourcing

A Cabinet minister yesterday confirmed his plans to outsource Junkanoo Beach’s management to the private sector have been overtaken by the Prime Minister’s “grander vision” for the area.

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Sands ‘open to’ higher breadbasket margins

A Cabinet minister yesterday hinted the Government may permit higher margins than allowed by traditional price controls on its new “breadbasket” foods line-up due to the rise in perishables.

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'Gone cold': Fate of Development Plan concerns

Chamber of Commerce executives yesterday voiced concerns that the National Development Plan (NDP) has "gone cold" and left The Bahamas without a road map to higher growth.

Andros facing high cost tourism barrier

High costs remain one of the greatest barriers to Andros fulfilling its untapped potential as a tourism destination, a Ministry of Tourism executive argued yesterday.Peter Douglas, senior manager of the North Andros Tourist office, told the island’s

Award ceremony to honour unsung heroes

Eleven Christian leaders will be honoured this Saturday when the second annual Geraldine Victoria Award of Appreciation celebration will be held at the Church of God on Bernard Road.The theme for this year’s event, hosted once again by DOVS Enterpris

Western Air principal in Hotel Corp talks

Three groups, including Western Air’s principal and Kamalame Cay’s developer, have expressed interest in acquiring the last Hotel Corporation-owned resort, its chairman revealed yesterday. Attorney Michael Scott told the Andros Business Outlook conf

Union leader rejects 'parasite' labelling

A top trade union leader yesterday hit back over being described as “parasitic” by the Hotel Corporation chairman’s, asserting that the labour movement is “responsible for the new Bahamas”. Obie Ferguson, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) president, t

IAN FERGUSON: How to balance work with life

Our work often seemingly takes precedence over everything else in our lives. Our desire to succeed professionally can leave us forgetting about our own well-being. Creating a harmonious work-life balance is critical to improving not only our physica

Thursday, June 20

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06202019 EDITION

Thursday, 20th June, 2019.

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STATESIDE: Ladies to the front as Democrats’ clock counts down

There’s a general feeling women will play a critical role in next year’s American presidential election, and perhaps in the almost equally important 34 Senate races.

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D'Aguilar trying to divert attention from $20m LPIA deal, says Hanna Martin

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday suggested Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar had only advanced their current spat over a 2017 Western Air rental agreement to divert attention away from the $20 million LPIA runway deal awarde

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QC Munroe fears a marijuana monopoly

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe believes the government’s track to cannabis reform will lead to the establishment of a monopoly on local sale and cultivation.Mr Munroe, QC, characterised the appointment of the Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana as a sema

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'PLP would rather party than look after sick kids'

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis clashed with opposition members in the House of Assembly yesterday about whether the children’s ward of Princess Margaret Hospital was repaired after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Dr Minnis, during his budget contributio

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Immigration chief admits releasing Jamaican woman to the officer who allegedly raped her

THE assistant director of immigration yesterday admitted to releasing a Jamaican woman into the custody of the senior immigration officer who allegedly raped her, as he said he had no reason to suspect anything untoward would happen.Dwight Livingston

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$21m allocated for tuition fees

THE Minnis administration has allocated $21m for tuition grant programmes to “effectively cover all Bahamian full-time students” at the University of the Bahamas and Bahamas Vocational and Technical Institute, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yes

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Price controls threat to health food drive

The Government was yesterday warned that price controls threaten its healthier eating drive by making it “more attractive to invest in a fast food chain than a health food store”.

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Mother’s agony over son’s murder

THE mother of slain 16-year-old Joshua Davis is in a state of disbelief over the stabbing death of her son, whom she described as a vibrant, hardworking boy who was getting his life back on the right track despite his troubled past.

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‘We lost chance to raise salaries’

WITH the Bahamas Nurses Union’s elections scheduled for today, the contesting team, led by former BNU president Jannah Khalfani, is maintaining the current executive board had an “easy run” thanks to the work her administration accomplished prior to this current term.

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PM renews attack on PLP ‘smudgy’ deals

THE Christie administration approved $200m in untendered contracts each valued at roughly $3.5m, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Unveiled: Minnis’ beachfront vision

ARAWAK Cay and Junkanoo Beach are set to receive an extensive overhaul, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday, revealing the plan is to feature a sky bridge and tax-free zoning as an incentive for Bahamian businesses.

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Dame Marguerite cuts the ribbon at opening ceremony

THE Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development hosted a dedication ceremony yesterday to celebrate the Bahamas Association of the Physically Disabled’s newly paved driveway and veranda.

Church, I hear you, but I can't see you!

The Church today is growing rapidly throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Nowadays, we have churches on every corner of society. This is good! I’m all for growth, once God is the reason and not greed – greed for power and money, that is.The pri

Grown-ups, how about taking a closer look?

I chose to give my life in the service of training young people to be independent thinkers and performers, both nationally and internationally. And many years later, I’ve realised why. My entire career has been about taking a closer look at the “othe

Fathers urged to be present in their children's lives

Fathers, both young and old, were honoured for playing one the most important roles in the lives of their children during a special service at Ebenezer Union Baptist Church in Exuma.Sister Krivoy Smith and the Ebenezer church family celebrated the me

Why we must protect legacy of Alrae Ramsey and Blair John

The heart of this nation should ache for the loss of two propitious young men who met a cruel fate in Italy. The fact that few Bahamians knew these men should not detract from the promise they held out for all of us.

Leadership of The Bahamas in the international arena there for all to see

Response to a Letter to the Editor Appearing in the Tribune dated June 17, 2019

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DeMarco outlines his vision for men's basketball

THE newly named Bahamas senior men’s basketball national team head coach, Chris DeMarco, outlined his vision for the programme and the growth of local basketball. Currently a player development coach and assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors

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Bahamas struggles in 3-0 loss to Costa Rica

Day two was a struggle for Team Bahamas at the American Zone III Davis Cup tie. The Bahamas was blanked 3-0 by the host country and fell to 1-1 in the group stage yesterday at the event in Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica. Philip Major Jr was first up

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Top pitchers make season debuts in minor leagues

THE country’s top pitchers at the professional level produced mixed results as they made their season debuts in minor league baseball this week.Chavez Fernander earned a win for the Connecticut Tigers in the New York-Penn League, while Tahnaj Thomas

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'Reno' to square off with Irishman July 18

BAHAMIAN pro boxer Tureano Johnson will step back into the ring in less than a month with an opportunity to regain a spot in the win column and claim a title in the process. Johnson will challenge Jason Quigley of Ireland for the North American Boxi

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THE PRESS BOX: 5 quality free agents who could round out the LA Lakers' roster

I HATE to say ‘I told you so’, but ‘I told you so!’ In last week’s column, I said it right here, that by this year’s NBA Draft, New Orleans all star PF Anthony Davis would be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart

It's painful when I see young people trying to buy land in this country, their country and they can't afford it

AS he revealed changes to the handling of Crown land applications, Prime Minnis Dr Hubert Minnis questioned “how the hell” some persons are able to claim ownership of large parcels of land, adding the government is coming to take it back.“It is distr

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PM defends budget increases in his office

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said changes in the budget presentation explain the apparent boost in the allocation for the Office of the Prime Minister in the upcoming fiscal year. The OPM’s budget for domestic travel, allowances, office supplies

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Talented musicians keen to grab their big chance

FIVE local musicians are seeking public support to assist with travel expenses, having been granted the opportunity to play at three major international jazz festivals this summer.At a press conference yesterday, three of the instrumentalists along w

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Six helping GB police with investigations

ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Samuel Butler said police have made significant progress in two major recent criminal matters on Grand Bahama - the break-in and robbery at Solomon’s Wholesale and the recent murder of a teen at a local night spot in Freeport.

New policy on renewal of e-passports announced

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement yesterday to announce its new policy on the renewal of e-passports. Effective immediately, persons renewing their electronic passports are required to submit the following upon application: a comp

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Govt to prioritise legislation for vulnerable

MINISTER of Social Services and Urban Development Frankie Campbell said yesterday legislation is being prioritised for the vulnerable in society, such as the elderly. However, he added, more discussion is still needed on the controversial issue of

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Man stable after stabbing

A MAN is in hospital after he was stabbed on Tuesday, police said. According to a police report, shortly after 9pm a man was standing in the area of a business on Carmichael Road when he was attacked by a man who was armed with a sharp object. The

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Ministry working with funeral homes to have bodies returned

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday that the government is working with funeral homes in Italy and Nassau to have the bodies of two men found dead in a river in Turin returned home as quickly as possible. In a statement yesterday, th

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Dame Marguerite a great example to us all

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday praised outgoing Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling as an example for future appointees to follow. Dr Minnis revealed to Parliament private moments he shared with Dame Marguerite, highlighting her com

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Original tech hub investor queries Govt commitment

The first investor in Grand Bahama’s “technology hub” yesterday questioned the Government’s “commitment” to continue pursuing the concept given the seeming absence of Budget funding.

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DPM hails 42% rise in FDI equity inflows

The deputy prime minister yesterday hailed a 42 percent year-over-year increase in foreign investors’ equity investments as confirmation that “The Bahamas’ economic turnaround has begun”.

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AML’s ‘20% shrink’ drives profit tripling

A BISX-listed food retail group yesterday said it had slashed shrinkage by 20 percent compared to the first half as it closed its 2019 financial year by more-than tripling final quarter profits.

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IDB: Bahamas economy has ‘turned corner’

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) yesterday gave the Government a further boost with its analysis that “the Bahamian economy has turned the corner”, while warning “major challenges” remain.

Cruise port winner meets stakeholders

The preferred bidder for the $250m transformation of Nassau’s cruise port has hosted a recent series of government-endorsed stakeholder meetings to discuss the redevelopment.

Jet ski operators: ‘We have clean up to do’

JET SKI operators yesterday pledged they are willing to sit with tourism industry officials and address all issues affecting the sector.

Financial industry needs ‘workforce transformation’

The Government is planning a study to identify the financial services jobs Bahamians must be trained to perform as a result of financial technology (FinTech) and other advances.

Bahamas must ‘do things differently’

A Cabinet minister yesterday pushed back at misinformation over The Bahamas’ planned Word Trade Organisation (WTO) accession, arguing that this nation “must do things differently”.

New Bar appointee eyes ‘urgent land reform need’

The newly-elected chair of the Bahamas Bar Association’s real estate division has vowed to use her post to address what she described as “an urgent need for land reform”.

Tourism chief leads New York delegation

The Ministry of Tourism’s director-general led a Bahamian delegation to the recent Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Week 2019 in New York.

Investar bringing Titan to Freeport

Sebas Bastian’s investment house opened its Grand Bahama office on Monday in a bid to give residents better access to investing in its two Titan mutual funds.

Collaboration ‘critical’ for financial industry

Collaboration with domestic and international regulators is “critical” if this nation is to grow its financial services industry and preserve Bahamian jobs, a Cabinet Minister has asserted.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Covering a book’s image

Publishing a book is always a gratifying accomplishment. But never forget the importance of photos and pictures. Pictures mean business, and even the most compelling stories can be boring if readers are confronted with black type on white paper.

Paid parental leave increase ‘huge differentiator’ for BTC

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) believes the major increases in paid leave for new parents will be “a huge differentiator” in its attractiveness as an employer.

The gift of a father

Father’s Day falls during the season in the Church when the Sundays are numbered as they follow after Pentecost Sunday. It is such a blessing to be in the presence of a father who is filled with the power of God and who is a loving presence in his ho

BTC partners on Business Outlook

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it has partnered with the organisers of today’s Andros Business Outlook conference.

Minister questions microgrid unveiling

A Cabinet minister last night questioned whether an Italian company’s announcement of its successful bid to develop a Bahamas-based mircogrid is compliant with the law.

Wednesday, June 19

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Wednesday, 19th June, 2019.

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ALICIA WALLACE: When things don’t add up we need to change them

MICAL MP Miriam Emmanuel has been the talk of the town since her inability to read a seven-figure number in Parliament last week.

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WSC won't renew poor contracts, says Gibson

WATER and Sewerage Corporation executive chairman Adrian Gibson stated emphatically that the corporation will not be renewing some 15 expired reverse osmosis (RO) operator contracts, adding the corporation’s previous management had agreed to “grossly

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60 patients to have cataract surgery in marathon session

CATARACT surgery will be provided to some 60 patients at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama for the first time by an all Bahamian ophthalmology team of specialty physicians and nurses this week. Leading the marathon surgery is Dr Dawn Russel

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$10m needed to complete building of sports stadium

MORE than $10m of the Ministry of Works’ capital budget will be spent to complete the Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium in the upcoming fiscal year. According to Minister of Works Desmond Bannister yesterday, $10,070,065.53 is committed to the project,

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We'll prosecute non-payers, says NIB chief Rolle

DELINQUENT employers who owe the National Insurance Board up to $17m in contributions “just ignored” pay agreements and commitments, according to Public Service Minister Brensil Rolle.

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We are taking our job seriously, insists marijuana commission

BAHAMAS National Commission on Marijuana Co-Chairs Quinn McCartney and Bishop Simeon Hall yesterday insisted their Cabinet-appointed body was not on a fool’s errand.

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D'Aguilar blasts Hanna Martin for her defence of 2017 Western Air rental agreement

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday blasted Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin for her defence of rental agreement she signed with Western Air back in 2017, accusing his predecessor of trying to shirk “a very bad deal”.

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Alleged rape victim paid $2,000 for fake marriage, court is told

THE Jamaican woman at the heart of a rape allegation involving a senior immigration officer allegedly admitted to paying her would-be husband $2,000 to marry her, according to a police interview of the accused.

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Inagua ‘ghost town’ on Morton lock-out

Fears were rising last night that Inagua will become “a ghost town” after Morton Salt gave its workers a 15-day ultimatum to agree acceptable industrial terms or be “locked out” of the plant.

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Ragged Island rebuild now up to $12m

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister defended the government’s decision to spend millions of dollars on infrastructure at Ragged Island, telling Parliament it came down to a matter of “life and death” for residents.

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I’LL NEVER BELIEVE THEY JUST DROWNED: Father convinced ‘simple accident’ deaths not credible

THE father of Blair John, one of two Bahamian men found dead in an Italian river earlier this month, said he does not accept autopsy results that state his son died by drowning.

Lawyers angry over DPP’s expat hirings

THE Judicial and Legal Services Commission has appointed a Nigerian and a Ugandan to top level positions at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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School fires will mean budget adjustments

EDUCATION Minister Jefferey Lloyd yesterday suggested “adjustments” will be made to allocations in his ministry’s budget to address repairs needed at the Anatol Rodgers and Huntley P Christie high schools after separate fires earlier this month. In

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Police name stabbed juvenile, 16

THE minor who was fatally stabbed at a night spot in Freeport this week has been officially identified as 16-year-old Joshua Davis, of Carissa Street, according to police.

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Two stabbings and one shooting under investigation

POLICE are investigating several acts of violence that occurred in New Providence on Monday, including a shooting and two separate stabbings.

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Davis Cup: Team Bahamas to face Costa Rica today

WITH a day off from competition, captain/coach Marvin Rolle got in some practice with the men’s Davis Cup team of Philip Major Jr, Baker Newman, Justin Lunn and Donte Armbrister.

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Drive-by killer suspect charged

A 27-year-old man was charged yesterday with murdering a 21-year-old man during a drive-by shooting in the Bain Town area last week that was captured on surveillance video.

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‘First time-ever an employer is going on strike’

A trade union leader yesterday branded Morton Salt’s 15-day “lock-out” ultimatum to its workers as “the first time in Bahamian history that an employer has gone on strike”.

18 Haitian nationals arrested

IMMIGRATION officials conducted an operation in New Providence at approximately 5am on Monday which resulted in the arrest of 18 Haitian nationals.

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20th Basketball Smiles summer tournament underway

THE 20th edition of Basketball Smiles is currently underway at Anatol Rodgers Gymnasium. The summer basketball tournament got started on Monday and will wrap up on Friday. The girls’ segment of the camp is hosted 9am to 1pm with the boys’ segment i

Summer Bowling League Tourney heats up

COMPETITION in the Kalik Summer Bowling League Tournament started Monday night at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Centre with nine teams competing for the first-place prize of $,1200, 2nd place $600 and 3rd place $400. The MVP of the evenin

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UB's head athletic trainer Sasha Johnson certified in dry needling

UB Athletics head athletic trainer Sasha Johnson was recently certified in the sports medicine process of dry needling at the Institute of Athlete Regeneration in Houston, Texas, as a part of the department’s ongoing programme of excellence. Dry nee

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DeMarco new head coach

Chris DeMarco, one of the rising young assistant coaches in the National Basketball Association, has been appointed as the new head coach of the Bahamas Basketball Federation men’s national team.Newly elected BBF president Mario Bowleg said from thei

Responses to Mrs Emmanuel mean-spirited

During her contribution to the recent budget debate, MICAL MP Miriam Emmanuel was clearly flustered and unable to articulate some budget numbers. She was clearly embarrassed by her performance.

A tarnished legacy

The Free National Movement administration of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has extended condolences to the Jamaican people on the passing of their former Prime Minister and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Edward Seaga, who succumbed to cancer in a Miami based hospital on May 28.

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Mystic Marlins enjoy grand tour

ROYAL Caribbean Cruise Line gave the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins basketball team a free tour of the Majesty of the Seas yesterday along with lunch and a fun-filled day on board the ship. This was a reward for winning the 2019 Hugh Campbell Basketba

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Ex-minister’s $6m judgment plunges BOB back into loss

A $6m default judgment obtained by a former Cabinet minister’s companies has plunged Bank of The Bahamas back into multi-million dollar losses and halted its financial recovery efforts.

Auto chief backs insurer’s concern on tech struggles

The Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president yesterday said he “fully agrees” with a top insurer that auto repair shops are struggling to keep pace with technology advances.

Aviation fears pilot shortage

THE Bahamas could suffer a shortage of commercial airline pilots due to the aggressive recruitment drives and higher salaries being offered by major global carriers.

Tuesday, June 18

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Tuesday, 18th June, 2019.

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Arriving shortly - a unified public transportation project

CABINET has agreed in principle to launch a unified public transportation pilot project for route 17 with the United Public Transportation Company Limited, Transport and Local Government Minister Renward Wells announced during his budget contribution in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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FACE TO FACE: ‘All parts of who we are – positive and negative – are who we need to be’

The first time I met Stanya Davis I was at the National Art Gallery attending a women’s empowerment event with some friends. It turned out to be a fulfilling and inspiring experience, hosted by Stanya who was relatable, funny, direct and honest. That became the first of several encounters with a woman who has found a way to interact with and touch the lives of thousands of women in our country. She found the power to do this because her own journey to self was so impactful she felt compelled to help other women heal the way she has.

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Sacked banker: I was used as a scapegoat

LAWYERS for sacked First Caribbean International (FCIB) banker, Paul Major, yesterday alleged bank directors lined him up as the “scapegoat” for the blunder that allowed disgraced FIFA executive Charles Blazer to use a local account to misappropriate a reported $15m belonging to FIFA.

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Court hears conflicting stories over rape claims

A SENIOR immigration officer and a Jamaican woman have given conflicting accounts of the night she was allegedly raped by him, with the officer saying the complainant asked for it and her saying he made lewd overtures to her while he was lying in bed naked.

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Rolle tells PLP to apologise over Murphy criticism

THE Progressive Liberal Party owes the Public Service Commission an apology over its criticism of the appointment of Charles Murphy as Bahamas Department of Correctional Services commissioner, Public Service and National Insurance Minister Brensil Rolle said yesterday as he defended Mr Murphy’s appointment.

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End to insurers’ VAT wrangle ‘very close’

BAHAMIAN insurers are ‘very close’ to having to having their concerns over Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds resolved, the chairman of the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) said yesterday.

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URCA to look into complaints as channels vanish

THE Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) said yesterday it is looking into RevCable Bahamas’s recent channel line-up change which has left many of the company’s customers irate.

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Brent Symonette in new row over $20m contract

THE award of a major contract to upgrade two runways at Lynden Pindling International Airport to a firm with family ties to a Cabinet minister has renewed long standing opposition claims of conflict of interest.

Governor General should not be a political post

There is no such thing as a PLP Governor General or FNM Governor General

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Boy, 4, survived bedroom murder

THE man who was shot dead while lying in bed on Saturday was out on bail on an armed robbery charge, however his sister said the victim had been trying to change his life.

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Employers warned over $17m NIB debt

NON-COMPLIANT employers failing to pay workers’ National Insurance Board contributions owe the board up to $17m, Public Service Minister Brensil Rolle said yesterday, as he warned time might be running out for these offenders.

Rastas - set free inmates to grow marijuana

A RASTAFARIAN collective yesterday suggested marijuana cultivation could revolutionise prison reform as it stood in solidarity with one group’s legal fight for sacramental use.

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1,600 back on public payroll

DESPITE the Minnis administration’s criticism of the previous government’s hiring practices, there are plans to allocate $8m for new hires in the upcoming fiscal year in addition to the 1,600 people re-engaged since 2017.

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17 saved after boat capsizes

THREE Bahamian men and 14 migrants were rescued at sea after being stranded in waters for hours after an alleged human and drug smuggling operation went awry when the vessel they were on capsized in waters off West End, Grand Bahama on Saturday evening,

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‘We’ll bring order to taxicab chaos’

TRANSPORT and Local Government Minister Renward Wells yesterday affirmed the government’s commitment to bringing order to the taxicab sector which he said “has been allowed to mushroom into chaos”.

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QC shines a light

PATRICIA Minnis, the wife of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, was on hand as Queen’s College celebrated becoming the only “Lighthouse School” in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Cabinet Office confirms CA Smith to step up to GG role

CABINET Office formally announced yesterday that Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling will demit office on June 28, to be replaced with incoming Governor General C A Smith.

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PETER YOUNG: Millions may march but China’s calling the shots

An important international development that ought to be publicised but has received only limited US media coverage is the Hong Kong government’s current controversial plan for extradition to mainland China.

Arrogance is a roadblock on the highway to wisdom

I must speak whenever there are injustices being visited on anyone. I must also, without ambiguity, express how I arrived at my explicit opinion.

Why you should never give people absolute power

UNDER the point of the sword, King John of England enacted the Magna Carta on 15 June, 1215, and created parliament. The principle is that everyone is subject to the law, even the king, and guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice and the right to a fair trial. The problem with any rights is how you enforce them. s1

Foreign affairs cost money

Did the Ministry of Foreign Affairs totally fail us, even embarrass us in their endeavour to win a seat at the UN Security Council?

Pay up or be shamed . . .

We owe $400 plus million on Real Property Taxes…Mr Minister - Mr Acting Financial Secretary a very, very simple method is to write to the people and/or their companies and give them 30-days to settle.

So where is the outrage?

We, as a nation, must not accept violent crimes, especially rape and murder, as the “new normal”.

Smoking and driving sounds a bad mix to me

One of the Government’s Ministers made his point in justifying the new traffic laws by saying that people driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana should pay stricter penalties than other traffic violations. He was referring to driving with an open bottle of alcohol in the car.

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The children are watching

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.

Sports notes

THE race for the pennant is still undecided in the Banker's Softball League.

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Jones Player of the Week

For the third consecutive week this season, Connecticut Sun centre Jonquel Jones has earned the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Player of the Week honours.The Grand Bahama native shares the honours this week with Natasha Howard of the Seatt

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The woman behind The Milk Man

She has blossomed as a banker for the past seven years – a very structured a career centered around a desk in an office space – but Katie Wood has always been a free soul.“I’ve always pushed myself to become a better version of who I am. My mind is

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Tahnaj Thomas to start on the mound opening night

TAHNAJ Thomas will have an opportunity to make an immediate impression on the Pittsburgh Pirates organisation and their lofty expectations for him this season as he progresses to the Appalachian League. According to Tim Hayes of the Bristol Herald C

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LIFE LINES: Putting your best foot forward

Get up, dress up, show up. Words and an attitude to live by. To be our best and live our best lives, we need to take those words and elevate that attitude to another level.To live our best lives we first need to challenge the illusion of perfection.

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Mother-of-threedeclares war on obesity

WEIGHING 320 pounds, Sherell Brown could not get up a flight of stairs without hanging on for dear life. At the same time, her husband was diagnosed with leukaemia, her daughter developed asthma, and doctors believed her son had autism.But while her

Dangerous male enhancement pills

Viagra obtained US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in March of 1998 and the world of erectile dysfunction has never been the same. The sexual enhancement pills industry is huge and continues to grow, with Viagra making over $2 billion las

Men's Health Talk forum to address both taboo and common issues

WHEN Dr Greggory Pinto decided to become a urologist he did so with the aim of improving the quality of lives of Bahamian men.According to Dr Pinto, Bahamian men are unfortunately “notoriously poor at addressing their own health needs.” This is also

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New Providence Cycling Association's Father's Day Invitational Time Trials

THE New Providence Cycling Association held its Father’s Day Invitational Time Trials on Sunday at the Clifton Heritage Park. Here’s a look at the results posted:JUNIOR GIRLSKami Roach, 38.83; Erin Pritchard, 39.26; Sennen Fitzmaurice, 46.28; Sienna

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Davis Cup: Team Bahamas wins opening match

THE Bahamas men’s tennis team won the opening match of the American Zone III Davis Cup tie yesterday in Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica, holding off Antigua & Barbuda in the deciding doubles matches.

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Dames, Lightbourne to join Panthers prep programme

THE BC Christian Prep Panthers basketball programme is establishing itself as a pipeline for Bahamian talent and will add another pair of local student-athletes.

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Sickle cell warrior defies the odds

Mother-of-two struggles to make ends meet

She was never supposed to live past the age of eight. Now, she’s 42.

Micro-insurance proposal to close the gap

BAHAMAS First’s top executive yesterday suggested government’s in the Caribbean should consider providing some form of micro-insurance solutions for people who cannot afford traditional insurance, noting the persistently low insurance penetration rates ‘is largely a question of economics’.

FOCOL ‘ready for change’

At a recent annual general meeting for ordinary shareholders, executives from FOCOL Holdings Limited said the company is poised to meet changes in the energy sector while evolving to meet global advancements in climate change.

Mixology and mingle ahead of culinary contest

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) and the 2019 Bahamas National Culinary Team welcomed the industry to their “Culinary and Mixology Extravaganza” held at SLS last Thursday.

Monday, June 17

Juvenile dies after stabbing in Freeport

GRAND Bahama police are investigating the stabbing death of a juvenile at a business establishment in Freeport early on Monday.

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Monday, 17th June, 2019.

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INSIGHT: The grey area of corporal punishment in schools may have made one administrator a sacrificial lamb

DURING the debate of the 2019-20 National Budget, in his contribution, Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said Bahamians should decide what they want the government to do in relation to corporal punishment. Wisely placing the onus on the Bahamian people, the ball is essentially in our court. Now, where will we go from here?

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Big increase in cases heard at Coroner’s Court

INQUESTS into police-involved killings are occurring at a quicker pace after years of neglect, Coroner’s Court records show.

Unions unite to threaten taxi and bus service shutdown

Taxi and jitney drivers have now joined forces and are threatening a ‘massive shutdown’ if government does not take their concerns seriously, stating: “We will no longer be pushed aside.”

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Miller-Uibo wins

On Father’s Day, Shaunae Miller-Uibo repeated as the 150 metre champion at the 2019 Adidas Boston Games. In Sunday’s race, Miller-Uibo clocked 16.37 seconds to stop the clock, but it was shy of the 16.23 that she posted in winning last year’s race.

EDITORIAL: Don't mock a slip-up, look at the job being done

MIRIAM Emmanuel was the target of a lot of mockery over the past few days.

POLICE ADVICE: Simple rules to keep children safe this summer

SUMMER IS HERE and thousands of children are off school. Here are ways to keep your children safe this summer.

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GAIN AN EDGE: A band of brothers - and sisters - achieve their common dream

FOCUS (Forward and Onward to College Upward to Success) is a college access programme of Lyford Cay Foundations, made possible by the generosity of donors. This year the very first cohort of students completes high school and moves forward to college. This is their story.

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WORLD VIEW – St Vincent on the UN Security Council: More valuable than coin

MAKE no mistake about it, the election of St Vincent and the Grenadines – one of the world’s smallest states – to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is both an important and timely event.

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Arson attack suspected as fire damages school

POLICE suspect an arsonist set fire to a building on the Anatol Rodgers Senior School campus, causing extensive damage.

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Destroyer pays a visit to highlight growing relationship with US

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames celebrated the arrival of an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer to Nassau ports on Friday alongside American embassy and navy officials. The USS Stout arrived in Nassau on June 12.

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Concern over margins on new breadbasket items

Supervalue’s owner says retailers will have to ‘wait and see’ what margins are allowed on the items to be added to the breadbasket list, noting if the low grocery margins are used for such perishable items it could force smaller retailers out of business.

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Jones posts another double double

JONQUEL Jones faced foul trouble and double teams all afternoon, but still finished with another double double to lead her Connecticut Sun to the best start in franchise history. Jones finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the Sun’s 81-67 win o

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22 held in massive Bimini operation

LAW enforcement officers arrested 22 people during a massive operation in Bimini on Saturday.

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Staff raise issues over Miriam’s role

MICAL MP Miriam Emmanuel’s parliamentary mishap last week has unearthed deeper concerns over her competency at the helm of the Education Loan Authority (ELA) and the effectiveness of political appointees.

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‘Crafty’ Rastas jumped the gun

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday said legal action from the Rastafarian community over their right to sacramental use of cannabis, has an “extremely slim” chance at success and should have been delayed to wait on the outcome from the national Marijuana Commission.

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Bahamians make season debuts in the minor leagues

SEVERAL Bahamian players made their season debuts last weekend at various levels in minor league baseball. D’Shawn Knowles and Todd Isaacs Jr opened play at rookie ball in the Pioneer League while Kristian Robinson advanced to Single A for the first

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Isnord commits to join the Golden Panthers

WILKENSON “Kenny” Isnord brought his recruitment process to an end and will begin his collegiate basketball career in south Florida next fall. Isnord committed to join the Florida International University Golden Panthers men’s basketball programme f

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Richardson serves as first base coach for Giants

ANTOAN Richardson continues to make Bahamian baseball history and progress in his post playing career at the administrative and coaching level.Richardson served as first base coach for the San Francisco Giants in their 5-3 win over the NL Central lea

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Rehabilitation work underway on airport runway and taxiway

Major rehabilitation work has begun on Runway 09/27 (soon to be Runway 10/28) and Taxiway India at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA). Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) has partnered with local firm Bahamas Hot Mix to complete the capital project valued at just under $20 million.

Canadian firm chases unpaid millions from Renew walkaway

A Canadian recycling manufacturer says it is has been left ‘holding the bag’ over a multi-million materials recycling facility (MRF) sold to the New Providence landfill’s former manager Renew Bahamas, and is now urging the government to bring an end to the ‘back and forth’.

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Healthcare needs a clear vision - and greater funding

FOR the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to expand the services provided under the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme $20m ‘is not going to do it’, according to Medical Association of The Bahamas (MAB) president Dr Marcus Cooper, stressing there must be a vision and serious commitment to improving the state of healthcare in the country.

ISLAND INSIGHTS: Crown Land – ownership and management

Crown Land can be defined as public land. It is a territorial area owned by the state (government) by which citizens have access and rights to use this land.

First tenants move in to completed Thirty Six

Aristo Development has completed construction on the $30 million luxury residential THIRTY SIX development on Paradise Island with the first residents taking occupancy.

Saturday, June 15

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Man killed, woman injured in shootings hours apart

POLICE are investigating after a man was killed and a woman was injured in two shooting incidents hours apart.

Friday, June 14

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Friday, 14th June, 2019.

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BPL criticised for power failure

MANY customers turned to Facebook to criticise the Bahamas Power and Light company on Friday for the power failure that left the western area of New Providence in darkness for more than ten hours Thursday night.

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Break-in and robbery at Solomon's in Freeport

GRAND Bahama Police are investigating a brazen break-in and robbery at the Solomon's Wholesale Store in Freeport on Friday that resulted in significant damage to the establishment and a bank ATM machine there.

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Former assistant principal charged with Bahamian woman's murder in Florida

A FORMER assistant principal at the school where Bahamian Kameela Russell was employed has been charged with her murder in Florida.

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Belinda Wilson re-elected as BUT president

BELINDA Wilson is celebrating yet another re-election victory as president of the Bahamas Union of Teachers after elections were held this week.

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Sands defends MICAL MP from 'unacceptable bullying'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday defended MICAL MP Miriam Emmanuel amid criticism following a recent verbal blunder she had in the House of Assembly, calling the public commentary surrounding the ordeal “unacceptable bullying.”

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Woman dies after car crash

POLICE are investigating a traffic fatality that left a woman dead Friday morning.

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'Help is on the way' at Passport Office

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield says that although the Passport Office has some challenges, help is on the way. During his 2019/2020 Budget contribution, the Minister said that the Passport Office has always been challenged with providing services in a building with inadequate space.

Investigation continues into school fire

AN INVESTIGATION into the cause of the fire at the Huntley P. Christie High School in Andros is continuing, the Ministry of Education confirmed.

Many thanks, Alicia, for your moving words on young men

I am moved to thank Alicia Wallace for the column she wrote about the deaths of the two Bahamians Alrae Ramsey, my former colleague at the Foreign Office and Blair John, the St Mary’s Ph D student.

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Police search for missing girl

Police are asking for assistance in their search for a missing girl.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: If it's good enough for Her Majesty, it's good enough for us

A FEW weeks back in this column, I wrote about the state of Illinois innovative Bill 1483 regarding legalising and decriminalising recreational marijuana use, for adults over 21 years of age.

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McCartney calls for citizenship at birth

FORMER Minister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney has suggested children born to foreign parents should be allowed to apply for citizenship at birth as a solution to the country’s immigration challenges.

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PMH owed $700m in historic unpaid bills

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital is owed over $700m in unpaid bills accumulated over the last 30 years, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Pintard: I won't talk private strategy with FNMs working against the party

MARCO City MP Michael Pintard has drawn a clear line in the sand over his willingness to work with detractors, telling parliamentarians on Wednesday he won’t talk private strategy with a parliamentarian who was not committed to his party’s mission.

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Gun violence is top cause for death of men

GUN violence has been the number one cause of death of Bahamian men for the last few years, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday, as he outlined the crippling effects obesity and non-communicable diseases have had on the healthcare system.

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New healthy items set for breadbasket list

NEW healthy items will soon be added to the country’s breadbasket item list, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Hotel union boss insists all he wants is a deal

THE Bahamas Hotel Catering & Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) president yesterday fired back against claims by Bahamas Hotel Employers Association (BHEA) insisting the union has always been “ready, willing and able” to negotiate a new industrial agreement.

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Suspected sabotage attack damages AC at hospital

THE chilling and air-conditioning systems at Princess Margaret Hospital have faced another setback with a recent suspected sabotage attack on two units, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

Anglican Church Men hold 46th annual conference

The Anglican Church Men of the Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands hosted its 46th annual conference in Georgetown, Exuma. The Exuma experience was rewarding. It allowed branches from across the diocese from as far north as Grand Bahama and as far south as the Grand Turk to benefit from hospitality and service while driving forward this year’s conference theme, “Renewing the Vision of your Saints”.

Chorale to celebrate fathers

TO pay special tribute and honour all fathers, this Sunday, Christ the King Contemporary Chorale is hosting a special concert with the aim of uplifting and celebrating.

The Man In The Mirror

Father’s Day is a day that is observed by many throughout parts of the world.

Surpassing Expectations: Part II

In Part I, we considered what it meant to surpass expectations when it came to character as it relates to friendship, family and marriage. In this meditation, the challenge to our young people continues, even as we also promise them to lead by example.

Single Mothers United - On The Move

BAHAMIAN Kaynell Gould remembers when the first “Single Mothers United” meeting was held in the comfort of her home - 20 years ago.

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MIDNIGHT MADNESS: Bahamas Roadmasters Fun Run/Walk was a success

BAHAMAS Roadmasters held their 4th Annual Midnight Madness Fun Run/Walk on Friday, June 7. The event was a fun run/walk fundraiser which started and ended at Arawak Cay in Nassau, Bahamas.

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Team Bahamas all set for Davis Cup in Costa Rica

THE stage is set, the 2019 Davis Cup will take place June 17-22 in Costa Rica at the Costa Rica Country Club, Escazú.

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Ayton hosts meet-and-greet, donates $10,000

DEANDRE Ayton is back home for the first time since he completed his NBA rookie season and took the opportunity to give back to youth development in the Bahamian community.

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Tarran Knowles earns his pro card

TARRAN Knowles became the latest Bahamian bodybuilder to earn his professional card.

Sports Notes

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations is set to host its Junior Nationals this weekend in the original Thomas A Robinson National Track & Field Stadium. The event is scheduled to begin at 5pm today and continue at 1pm on Saturday.

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THE PRESS BOX: Highly likely Davis is a Laker on NBA Draft night

Despite being dysfunctional on many levels, the Lakers are currently the odds on favourites to land Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis, according to Las Vegas.

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James Price elected new president of the NPBA

AFTER the third try on Wednesday night, James Price was finally elected as the new president of the New Providence Basketball Association. He won 6-5 over Ricardo Smith.

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Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl all set

HAVING secured another six-year deal with ESPN, the sixth edition of the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will kick off the first day of the 2019 bowl season as a part of the 150th-anniversary celebration of college football.

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Isaacs Jr joins Rockies in season debut tonight

TODD Isaacs Jr will begin the next phase of his career in Grand Junction, his first assignment with the Colorado Rockies organisation.

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NEW CHAMPIONS: Toronto Raptors win NBA title

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard raised his arms high in triumph and celebrated Canada's first NBA championship.

CA Smith will do us proud, even though he blurted out the news

Let me start off by saying that I see absolutely nothing wrong with the Honourable Cornelius Alvin Smith being appointed to the august position of Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Having ‘known’ CA for decades, at a distance, I have no doubt that as a seasoned former politician; member of parliament and the cabinet along with his stellar post political career as a diplomat, he will do the people of The Bahamas proud.

Get things under control, Minister

THERE are Ministers who can’t go a day without being on the news. So often they appear, usually they talk absolute rubbish as one did last week. Upstaging more senior ministers is a no-no.

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Alleged acid attack woman needs time to submit costs

A 41-year-old man accused of causing dangerous harm to a woman on whom he allegedly dumped acid in November, yesterday had his case stood down to July 30 to allow his victim the time needed to have her medical expenses submitted to the court.

Society leads call for many more blood donors

AS countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor’s Day today, a “Drip Drip Challenge” is being hosted by the Blood Donors Society of Grand Bahama on Saturday to encourage voluntary blood donations and to raise awareness of the need for regular donation.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Honestly, I’m all in a pickle

It’s possible that I slept through the last decade but highly unlikely so how else do I account for the fact that until Friday I never heard of the world’s fastest growing sport? Wonder if you have.

School building damaged by fire

POLICE on Andros are investigating a fire which damaged part of a school building on Wednesday.

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New school for Inagua with others to follow

INAGUA is set to get a new school in the upcoming year and plans are on the drawing board for the construction of new schools in Gregory Town, Eleuthera and George Town, Exuma.

Rastafarians plan to sue for religious use of marijuana

LEGAL action from the Rastafarian community may speed up the government’s track on cannabis reform as one group has announced plans to sue for religious use.

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PM to attend Grand Bahama independence celebrations

MINISTER of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson announced that Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will travel to the island for the 46th annual independence celebrations in Freeport slated for July 8.

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Former minister states concern for Freeport’s economic ‘pace’

A former tourism minister yesterday said he is concerned over the pace of Grand Bahama’s economic revival telling Tribune Business: “Grand Bahama needs an injection”.

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DRIVE-BY KILLING: Video shows how victim is shot as car passes by

DISTURBING surveillance video has emerged showing the last moments of a man before he was fatally wounded during a drive-by shooting on Dunmore Street on Wednesday night.

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TRIBUNE COMMENT: Another drive-by, a man falls fatally shot. We should all be shocked but today after so many killed it’s as if NO ONE CARES

This is the moment gunfire erupted on a quiet street on Wednesday evening – and yesterday it felt as if no one seemed to care another life had been taken.

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Sands outlines surge in NHI uptake

THE NATIONAL Health Insurance (NHI) Bahamas has enrolled 56,000 beneficiaries to-date according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed In Parliament yesterday, while nothing that universal heath care and national health insurance remains “unfinished business”.

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Board member slapped with restraining order

ONE of two “warring factions” seeking supremacy of the Lucayan Towers South Condominium Association has been hit with a restraining order after a former board member ordered the locks to the Resident Manager’s office to be changed without the current board’s permission.

Door still open for Lewis scholarships

All is not lost for those 2019 graduates and young adults still in hot pursuit of financial aid and a college to call home as the Lewis Foundation, a charitable organisation promoting tertiary education, is still accepting applications.

Take a chance on Andros

With “Connecting Resources, Maximising Opportunities and Transforming Andros” as its theme, the 7th Annual Andros Business Outlook is set for Thursday, June 20 at Island Comfort Bed and Breakfast, North Andros. The focus will be on the significant economic potential and domestic investment opportunities of Andros and neighbouring Berry Islands that are largely untapped by Bahamians. Attendees can also look forward to two free workshops.

IAN FERGUSON: Channelling excellence in your human resources

Like accounting services, marketing, training and technology, human resources has become a vital area of business that serious companies can no longer ignore.

$120m Wynn Cable Beach development already 35 percent sold out

THE Wynn Development group’s multi-level beach front residential and condo hotel development is already 35 percent sold-out, with 100 Bahamians to be employed in its initial phase.

Thursday, June 13

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06132019 EDITION

Thursday, 13th June, 2019.

EDITORIAL: It’s a loan – you have to pay it back

THERE will predictably be outrage from civil servants over just 12 words spoken yesterday by the Minister of Education, Jeffrey Lloyd.

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STATESIDE: Midwest monsoons signal disaster ahead

A Noah’s Ark situation is developing in the US midwest and the rest of the country is now starting to pay fairly close attention. Flooding from monsoon rains is plaguing agricultural and livestock farmers throughout the lower Mississippi and Arkansas River valleys, and thousands of other rural businesses are suffering. The month of May was the wettest ever in large parts of the US and the Mississippi River is reported to be cresting this week above St. Louis at its second highest level on record.

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Only 46% leave high school with a diploma

ONLY 46 percent of students who leave high school qualify for a diploma, Education Minister Jeff Lloyd revealed yesterday during his budget contribution in the House of Assembly.

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Man dies after drive-by shooting

A man is dead after a shooting on Dunmore Street on Wednesday night.

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Controversy over CA Smith appointment ‘unfortunate’, admits Minnis

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called the controversy surrounding his pick for Governor General, C A Smith, “unfortunate,” insisting the circumstances of his gaffe would be taken into consideration by Buckingham Palace.

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Union slams Morton’s offer to break dispute deadlock

THE long-running dispute between the Morton Bahamas and the union representing line-staff appears to still be far from a resolution, with the latter slamming the company’s latest proposal as “egregious”.

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PAYDAY PAYBACK: Student loan debt could force govt to target salaries

THE Ministry of Education is seeking to garnish the wages of civil servants who have failed to repay the Education Loan Authority as it aims to recover over $83m in delinquent money.

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Turin 2: No trace of drugs

NO drugs were found in the bodies of Alrae Ramsey and Blair John, Italian news media reported yesterday.

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Moree: We need major reforms

ADDRESSING delays in the legal system and a court backlog will be priorities for the country’s newest chief justice, Brian Moree, QC. He spoke to reporters shortly after he was sworn in as chief justice during a ceremony at Government House yesterday.

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Austin Knowles to walk free in six years

CONVICTED Bahamian drug smuggler Austin Knowles will spend just over six years in prison and forfeit $1m for his role in an international conspiracy and drug trafficking scheme in 2002.

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‘Social media danger must be addressed’

EDUCATION Minister Jeffery Lloyd wants the use of cell phone videos that expose minors in compromising positions to be made illegal and punishable by a prison sentence, saying these situations could lead to future reputational harm.

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Ethan Stanhope and crew take gold in Canadian rowing Championship regatta

BAHAMIAN rower Ethan Stanhope led the Brentwood College School (Mill Bay, British Columbia) Senior Men’s Quadruple Scull crew to win the gold medal in the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association (CSSRA) Championship Regatta.

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UB Mingoes even record with thrashing of Lady Truckers

THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes women’s softball team needed only five innings to defeat The Johnson Lady Truckers 13-6 in NPSA action in The Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex Tuesday night.

Basketball Smiles moves into its 20th edition this summer

BASKETBALL Smiles will move into its 20th edition this summer, continuing the mandate of its original mission statement of youth development through basketball and life skills.

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Kristian Robinson assigned to the Hillsboro Hops

KRISTIAN Robinson continues to progress in the Arizona Diamondbacks organisation and will begin his 2019 campaign at the Class A - Short Season level.

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Jones scores 24 as Sun win four games in a row

Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun extended their league-leading winning streak to four games.

Healthcare is a basic human right

THE Tribune has a long and proud editorial history of speaking its mind and doing so with conviction and reason.

Mr Johnson's boxing clever

Too many Bahamians have taken to the use of the conditional perfect, “would have” to refer, incorrectly, to action that was presumably taken. It has become a virus in our language.

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BUSINESS BITES: Sebas happy playing to contented customers

When I visited the East Bay Street head office of Investar Securities at 10am on Monday June 3, a dozen citizens were already there waiting to subscribe to either of the two Titan Mutual Funds being launched.

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Mitchell’s concern over casual working

Progressive Liberal Party Senator Fred Mitchell has said casual employment in the hotel sector is a concern and his party, if elected, will commit to addressing the issue and others that provide no benefits to Bahamian workers in the country.

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Speaker willing to ‘risk everything’ to keep order

AS he rebuked Official Opposition members, House Speaker Halson Moultrie said he is willing to “risk everything” to maintain order and decorum in the lower chamber.

Pupils from 24 primary schools given laptops for excellent work

PAUL Smith, the owner of local company Electro Telecom, yesterday awarded students from 24 primary schools in New Providence, Exuma, San Salvador and Cat Island with laptops for their high academic achievements.

Car crash causes power outage in Gladstone Road area

A VEHICULAR accident caused a power outage that affected portions of western New Providence for more than an hour yesterday, Bahamas Power and Light officials said.

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‘Free tuition is still on offer to all students who qualify for it’

NEW and existing students who meet certain entry requirements to the University of the Bahamas will qualify for a free tuition grant, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday.

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Airline refutes ‘bad deal’ claim

WESTERN Air yesterday pushed back against suggestions the lease of its San Andros terminal to the Airport Authority was a politically motivated “bad deal”, stating such insinuation was “inaccurate and ill-intentioned”.

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Ferreira insists low cost homes ‘overpriced’ by nearly $60,000

ENVIRONMENT Minister Romauld Ferreira has again hit out at housing developer Arawak Homes, asserting during his budget communication the company had “overpriced” homes in the Ardastra Gardens Subdivision by as much as $60,000.

Taxi union berates govt over licence plates job losses

Bahamas Taxicab Union (BTCU) yesterday expressed frustration over government failure to remedy an issue which has now left 30-40 drivers out of work, its president suggesting that government is “clueless” regarding how to untangle the “mess” the industry is in.

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AML centre pays tribute to 30-year director

AML Foods Limited yesterday opened their new learning and development centre in Nassau, dedicating the building to Frank J Crothers who has served as one of the company’s board of directors for 30 years.

Wednesday, June 12

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06122019 EDITION

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The right man for the job?

“Not fit for office.” That’s the concern being raised amid an apparent crisis of leadership in the Baptist community here in The Bahamas.

Thanks, but we must decline offer

The past generation (40 years) has seen human beings in the free world race toward a brighter, more productive future. Progressive ideas of growth, technological advancements in all fields, new developments daily in science and medicine, all continue to give way to tides of change. Notable global pivoting, redirection, restructuring and even conversations about retribution have come to head in an effort to empower all citizens of earth.

Two wrongs don't make a right

The real story about the North Andros Airport terminal and the exorbitant rent was that it took the good Minister 24 months to discover and even seemingly after not finding a lease Government continued to pay.

Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom

Let me clarify that I am an advocate of corporal punishment and not abuse. I do not advocate hitting children in the head or breaking their bones or “blacking” their eyes. I do see nothing wrong with a child being beaten with a belt or cane on the legs, hips or arms. Again, sometimes cut hip leaves a mark and yes I am “fa real”.

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Boxing team brings home gold medal, three silver

Carl Hield secured the lone gold as the Bahamas picked up three additional silver medals at the Bert Sugar Boxing Tournament over the weekend.

'Softly' Robins Summer Basketball Camp begins on June 17

FREEPORT - Since 1978 when he returned from college, Charlie ‘Softly’ Robins has been giving back to the community, hosting an annual summer basketball camp.

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New school seeks to put focus on individual needs

A new school is opening its doors in September – aiming to provide children with a path through education to suit their individual needs.

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National basketball champions soak up spotlight at Emera

FREEPORT — What was supposed to be a classic rematch turned out to be a rout, thanks to the superb pitching from Freedom Farm ace’s Jeorge Araujo as they shutout the Junior Baseball League of Nassau.

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HOYTES hosts successful Labour Day tournament

FREEPORT — HOYTES (Helping Our Youth Through Education and Sports) Basketball completed another successful Labour Day Tournament at the St George’s Gymnasium over the weekend.

'Helping Our Youth Through Education And Sports'

FREEPORT - For more than three decades, Gladstone ‘Moon’ McPhee has helped to impact the lives of more student athletes than he can count through HOYTES.

Airport seeks food outlet ready to bring its A game

THE Lynden Pindling International Airport’s (LPIA) operator said yesterday that it is looking for a food and beverage operator to bring its “A game” for the airport’s “most prime space”.

Consultant: We've waited too long for Small Business Act

A small business consultant said yesterday that he is “disappointed” that after a decades-long wait there appears to be “very little movement’”towards the establishment of a Small Business Act to govern the sector, telling Tribune Business: “It’s been too long”.

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CIBC takes it way back for employee appreciation

STAFF at CIBC FirstCaribbean have been saluted by the company’s regional managing director as “the backbone of our institution”.

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More entrepreneurs funded by Investment Group

A MILLION-DOLLAR fund has picked out its latest young entrepreneurs to support.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Political quotas? Bring them on

Last week, when questioned about the lack of representation of women in parliament, Leader of the Opposition Philip “Brave” Davis said 30 to 40 percent of the Progressive Liberal Party’s 2022 slate of candidates will be women. He noted the best proportion could be higher, but it depends on who makes themselves available. Both the Progressive Liberal Party and the Free National Movement both had outrageously low numbers of female candidates in the 2017 general election. It is clear political parties in The Bahamas are not paying enough attention to issues of gender, how they contribute to them, or the ways they can bring transformation.

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Why one MP is taking against a blooming garden

PINEWOOD Gardens MP Reuben Rahming yesterday slammed the cultivator of what he termed as an unauthorised community garden in his constituency, hitting out at the man’s attempt to have him pledge $25,000 for the further development of the property.

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Expanded budget for renovations at House of Assembly

RENOVATIONS and technology upgrades are planned for the House of Assembly in the upcoming fiscal year, according to Speaker Halson Moultrie.

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Minister leaps to Rolle's defence in McAfee row

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday lauded the integrity of Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle amid corruption claims levied against him by Bitcoin millionaire John McAfee.

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RBDF apprehends more than 1,000 migrants in a year

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has apprehended 1,013 illegal migrants––mostly Haitians––this fiscal year, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday.

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More than 500 cell phones confiscated at prison

STAFF of the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services confiscated 502 cell phones during the 2018-2019 fiscal period, an increase of 12 percent compared with the previous period when 449 phones were collected, National Security Minister Marvin Dames revealed yesterday.

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Sir Arthur Foulkes heads awards ceremony list

FORMER Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes heads a list of some of the country’s most outstanding personalities for the 2019 RE Cooper Sr National Meritorious Service Award.

19-year-old charged with murder

A TEENAGER was charged yesterday with murdering a 22-year-old man in the Culmersville area last month. Javano Hall, 19, was charged before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt with murdering Shaquille Rolle on May 30.

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'We are doing all we can to bring the bodies of the two men who died in Italy back'

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is assuring the families of the two young men who were found dead in Turin, Italy, last week that the government is doing “everything it can” to ensure that their bodies are returned to The Bahamas “as soon as possible”.

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McAlpine seen marching arm-in-arm with the PLP

A PHOTO circulating on social media of Rev Frederick McAlpine marching arm-in-arm with Progressive Liberal Party Senator Fred Mitchell and other PLP supporters at the Labour Day march in Freeport has created a buzz, with many wondering if the controversial FNM MP has switched sides.

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Dialysis unit joins series of hospital upgrades

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday cheered several recent upgrades to Princess Margaret Hospital’s Dialysis Unit, calling the improvements pieces in improving the nation’s overall health sector.

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Dames sets background to reality of murders

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said murders are down 21 percent while overall crime is down seven percent compared with this time last year, two of many figures he announced during a data-heavy budget speech in the House of Assembly yesterday.

Holy disorder over Baptist leadership

THE leadership of the Bahamas National Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention has come under scrutiny, with some in the body calling for the removal of “the most unprepared” and “unqualified” president the organisation has ever seen.

Security guard shot dead during robbery

A 37-YEAR-old security guard was murdered while on duty early yesterday morning during an armed robbery.

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Gibson wants PM as 'vital' witness

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis may be called upon to give testimony in former Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson’s bribery trial in September, an attorney revealed yesterday.

Tuesday, June 11

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06112019 EDITION

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Time to reform pension system

Right thinking Bahamians everywhere should be calling for reform to our current pension system. While I agree with certain positions in government receiving pensions for a specific duration of national service, there has to be a limit on the amount of sources a person can tap into to receive pensions from the public treasury.

Flying to a solution

The Minister recently announced that the biggest drag on Bahamasir’s profit was the high and increasing price of fuel, which he cited as approaching $85 per barrel. Even allowing for a jet fuel premium, can management be so dim as to buy fuel at such a huge margin over the present West Texas Crude quote of about $54, in a flat or even declining trend? That price has come nowhere near $85 since briefly in 2017.

We're losing the silent revolution

A note to our Government: eight out of 10 women in the maternity ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital are Haitian; this from a nurse who works there. 60% of the patients at the Government Clinic are Haitian; this from a nurse who works there. 40% of the children at Abaco Central are Haitian. Similar number of children at Abaco Primary are Haitian. All the Haitian women in the Mud are holding a toddler by the hand, carrying a child in the arms and pregnant with another one.

People who work hard are being prosecuted

The government recently made changes to various tax laws, which included the criminalisation of non-payment of taxes.

Break up the boys club

WHEN you look at Parliament, you’d be forgiven for thinking it looks like a men’s club.

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Ladies of the round table talk business

Rochelle R Dean has made it her mission to empower all women in business. To this end, she recently hosted a special round table discussion with leading women in business in the Bahamas.

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Do Bahamains have a pornography addiction?

GROWING concerns over pornography addiction globally are making local health professionals take a closer look at the often taboo issue that can impact mental health.

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ETHAN QUANT: No reason is a bad reason

I say all the time that my initial motivation for starting my journey was because I wanted a six-pack. I saw a picture of myself at a friend’s wedding back in April 2011 and was deeply disturbed by the image. I mean, I was fat and I didn’t like it, so I decided that I wanted a six-pack because six-packs are sexy and I wanted to be sexy.

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Bahamas' 'Bowflex Barbie' promotes long-term fitness solutions

Dekel Nesbit describes herself as that girl in the gym you see lifting all the heavy weights while sporting super cute long nails.

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TERI M BETHEL: How to choose the right husband

You have probably heard many times over about the wish list some women have when considering a life mate. It’s quite common for ladies to have an exact list of what they want. As a matter of fact, when approached holistically, it’s wise. Those whose list is limited to the usual handsome, church-going man with money, however, are usually the first to discover that it was not sufficient to make their marriage work.

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VICTORIA SARNE: Solitude - alone or lonely?

If you ask a dozen people whether they feel lonely or comfortable about spending time alone, there will probably be a dozen different answers. I have found that very few people are comfortable with spending a lot of time alone; most will say they like to or wish they could spend some time alone but on a limited basis. And there are a few who absolutely dislike being alone and need a companion for everything.

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PETER YOUNG: Forget the blimp, Trump pulled this off without a blemish

Since it is unusual for the US mainstream media to carry much news about Britain on a regular basis, I am always on the lookout for items from across the pond that might be of interest to readers of this column.

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Women need to uplift other women

ON the eve of staging an event intended to bring women together in support of one another, Lashima Virgil’s very own sister needed her support.

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Miller-Uibo wins 400m in record time

Shaunae Miller-Uibo shook off some unwarranted social media slander to power across the finish line in record-breaking time to win the women’s 400 metres at the Racers Grand Prix meeting.

Athletes on track at NCAA Division I Outdoors

BAHAMIAN athletes produced a series of impressive performances to conclude their seasons at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Shutout: JBLN falls to Freedom Farm 9-0

FREEPORT — What was supposed to be a classic rematch turned out to be a rout, thanks to the superb pitching from Freedom Farm ace’s Jeorge Araujo as they shutout the Junior Baseball League of Nassau.

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Jones records her 4th double double of season

JONQUEL Jones recorded her fourth double double of the season and continues to lead the Connecticut Sun to the WNBA’s best record.

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Young and Blue Jays stop the Stone Crabs

IT was a big day from Chavez Young both at the plate and in the field for the Dunedin Blue Jays to seal a win and series split against the Charlotte Stone Crabs as they close in on the first half pennant.

Nesbitt and team claim title in Brazil's pro league

NATIONAL team member David Nesbitt claimed his second consecutive Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB) championship in as many years.

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Munnings takes advantage of Hornets' pre-draft workouts

TRAVIS Munnings participated in the Charlotte Hornets’ series of NBA Pre-Draft Workouts and relished the opportunity to showcase his skills for scouts and talent evaluators.

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CDB: Bahamas sixth most vulnerable across region

THE Bahamas is the sixth most vulnerable country in the region, according to a recent Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) study.

Bank's aims mirror our own goals, insists Johnson

WITH The Bahamas set to host next year’s 50th Annual Board of Governors Meeting of the the Caribbean Development Bank, Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson has noted the priorities of the ban “mirrors” those of the Minnis Administration.

Hotel union set to hit back over 'dishonesty' claim by employers

The Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) yesterday pledged to “lay all of our cards on the table” over negotiations with the Bahamas Hotel Employers Association (BHEA).

Vantage shares operating learnings

Vantage Airport Group, a leading global airport investor, developer and manager, has marked the successful delivery of its second biennial operations workshop held this year in Nassau.

Budget under the microscope

The Financial Voice forum will present a panel of experts tomorrow to examine and offer perspectives on key aspects of the 2019/2020 budget.

Bahamians in Queen's birthday honours

SEVERAL Bahamians were named to the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for exemplary services to The Bahamas, Government House has announced.

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FACE TO FACE: Adrianna bidding to be the next star of The Voice

When I got married on the beach last summer, a DJ and amplified instruments were out of the question. There were no electrical outlets nearby. It was an organic ceremony and I was in need of some organic sound. I had Michael Hoyte on steel pan, Gawain on saxophone, Anku Sa Ra on congo drums and vocalist Adrianna Munnings.

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UPDATED: Man shot dead in Nassau Village

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a man in the Nassau Village community on Sunday night.

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Five big winners in 100JAMZ Secret Sound promotion

FIVE lucky winners took home a combined $10,000 in cash prizes in the 100 JAMZ and The Beauty Shack’s “Secret Sound” contest powered by Stiletto’s Shoe Loft.

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A tragedy remembered: Labour Day Parade participants pay tribute

KATHERINE Rodgers says her family has struggled to rewrite life a year after her loving and strong sister was tragically taken in an accident at last year’s Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade.

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Autopsies reveal friends drowned

INITIAL reports from the autopsies of Alrae Ramsey and Blair John have added another layer of questions to the mystery of the men’s deaths.

Marijuana: We can't be left behind

MARIJUANA is an “industry that we should not turn our back on”, Caribbean Development Bank president Dr William Warren Smith has warned, adding it would be “foolhardy” for countries in the region not to capitalise on the opportunities the plant brings for the medical, agriculture and trade industries.

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Dupuch hits govt with $28m writ over debt

A PROMINENT Bahamian publishing company - which is in no way connected with The Tribune and its affiliates - is suing the government for $28.8m with interest to secure payment for the production of more than five million publications promoting and advertising The Bahamas.

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Rolle blasts corruption claims

ACTING Deputy Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle has threatened to take action against Bitcoin millionaire John McAfee after he unleashed a tweet storm over the last few days, making damaging claims about corruption in the US government and Bahamian officials.

Sunday, June 9

Fair aims to raise hurricane awareness

THE Community Services Department (CSD) of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist will host a fair to raise hurricane awareness and funds for supplies to aid affected communities in the event of a major natural disaster.

Saturday, June 8

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Wreaths laid at Labour Day Parade for fallen union members

Union members paid their respects yesterday to the four colleagues who died in last year's Labour Day parade.

Fire hits BAMSI building in New Providence

A FIRE ripped through a building operated by the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) on Thursday night.

Teen beaten in street with shovel

A BOY is in hospital after being beaten by a group of men - including by one armed with a shovel.

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Bahamasair to spend $9.3m on aircraft maintenance

BAHAMASAIR will use $9.3m of its total budget in the new fiscal year on heavy maintenance to its aircraft and another $1m to move the headquarters to a building complex on Blake Road.

Friday, June 7

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Davis commits PLP to renegotiating labour commitment

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis has committed his party to renegotiating the historic 1977 Memorandum of Understanding on labour.

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Davis: PLP to have '30 to 40 percent' women candidates

THE Progressive Liberal Party’s 2022 slate will be composed of 30 to 40 percent women candidates, according to party leader Philip “Brave” Davis.

Thursday, June 6

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Managers split $4m in Grand Lucayan payout

Managers at the Grand Lucayan Resort received in excess of $4million in voluntary separation pay out on Thursday, ending a long and bitter negotiations between the union and the government.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister calls for election of St Vincent and the Grenadines to UN Security Council

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, has called on global governments to support the election on June 7 of St Vincent and the Grenadines to the Security Council of the United Nations.

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Thursday, June 6th, 2019

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Protest calls for action against sex abuse

ADVOCATES and survivors marched to Rawson Square on Thursday morning to protest against child molestation, incest and sexual abuse in The Bahamas.

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Pintard defends budget increase for BAMSI

AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard defended the 2019/2020 budget increase for the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) noting the institution's purpose is to conduct research.

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'Anti-hacking' measures enforced to keep pilots to rules

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said several “anti-hacking” measures have been enforced by the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority to ensure pilots follow regulations.

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New construction model eyes 40% build time cut

A prominent businessman yesterday said his “$1m-plus” new construction venture is aiming to “double sales within a couple of years” once its pre-engineered model takes off.

Top realtor urges specific incentives for vacation rentals

A prominent realtor is urging the government to provide Hotels Encouragement Act-style incentives specifically for the vacation rental market to better empower Bahamian investors.

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DPM: SBDC impact magnified five-fold

The deputy prime minister yesterday argued that every dollar invested in the government’s flagship small business initiative generates an economic impact more than five times’ greater.

Resorts slam union over strike 'rile up'

Resort employers yesterday slammed the hotel union for “deliberately riling up” its members into voting for a strike by misleading them over the 15 percent gratuity’s fate.

Landfill operator hits '80% of goals'

The New Providence landfill’s new operator yesterday said it is “hitting at least 80 percent of our targets”, having already invested $9m of its initial $20m financing.

DEIDRE M BASTIAN: The right image for your website

If you have a blog, online store or regular website that you want to look amazing, it pays to optimise each image that is uploaded. We can look at this in three ways: Making images look good; making images load quickly; and making images easy for search engines to index. Most posts go over one aspect of optimisation or another. However, it is best to start with high-quality images.

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Cooper says deficit will exceed $400m

The opposition’s finance spokesman yesterday charged that the government’s 2018-2019 fiscal deficit will exceed $400m, adding that it has as much chance of hitting its $229m forecast as “pigs flying”.

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DPM brands Opposition as 'the junk bond crew'

The deputy prime minister yesterday renewed his attack on the former Christie administration’s fiscal management, branding it the “junk bond crew” for overseeing four consecutive rating downgrades.

Titan funds speed up Family Islands launch

Sebas Bastian’s investment house yesterday said potential investor demand had caused it to speed up the launch of its two Titan investment funds outside New Providence.

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STATESIDE: Who's the Jeopardy record holder? Not James

James Holzhauer lost on Monday, and his defeat was big news. Maybe you heard about it: After winning $2.255m on the popular TV game show Jeopardy, Holzhauer finally lost by a small margin to Chicago librarian and Princeton graduate Emma Boetcher.

No WTO scare tactics, just facts

It is said that people like me who don’t like WTO and have the courage to say so are using “scare tactics”.

Case against legalising marijuana

Today in The Bahamas and in countries throughout the Caribbean and around the world, the marijuana debate rages on!

EDITORIAL: A better way of protecting the poor

Out of date, ineffective and failed. That’s the verdict of AML vice president Renea Bastian on price control – the policy that intends to keep the price down on essential items so that people aren’t priced out of the ability to feed themselves.

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$699m VAT collection lower than expected

THE Minnis administration collected $699.3m in value added tax in the 2018/2019 fiscal year, a 21.5 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday.

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Need for more divers to be met by training

MINISTER of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard yesterday issued a call for all young Bahamians interested in a diving career to contact his ministry.

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'Outdated price control fails to offer healthy food'

PRICE control is a failed and outdated social policy that artificially lowers the cost of select foods while driving up costs on other healthier options, according to AML Foods Vice President Marketing & Communications Renea Bastian.

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Pintard defends extra funding for consultants

MINISTER of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard yesterday defended the 2019/2020 budget increase for consultancy agencies, domestic and international travel and the Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC).

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Parliament cell phone ban after protest goes viral

HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie has ruled that visitors will be prohibited from carrying cell phones into the gallery after videos of a disturbance in Parliament last week went viral on social media.

Police hunt suspects after series of armed robberies

POLICE on New Providence and Grand Bahama are searching for the suspects behind several armed robberies that occurred on Tuesday.

Man who killed woman on porch has appeal rejected

A MAN has failed at appealing his 15-year sentence for trying to kill a woman as she sat on a porch five years ago.

Carnival clears land for EIA

CARNIVAL Corporation has started initial land clearing work at East Grand Bahama in preparation of conducting an environmental impact assessment study for construction of its proposed $100m cruise port on Grand Bahama.

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Moree to take up post on June 12

THE Cabinet Office has announced that Brian Moree, QC, will take his position as the country’s newest chief justice on June 12.

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'Don't be deterred by failures', Turnquest urges graduates

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest told some 60 graduates of the University of The Bahamas North in Grand Bahama not to be deterred or derailed by challenges and failures, but to take control of their destiny and embrace the opportunities in front of them.

Bishop of Jamaica elected to serve as Archbishop of the West Indies

The Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Howard Gregory has been elected to serve as Archbishop and Primate of the Church of the Province of the West Indies.

Munnings invited to Pre-Draft workout with the Hornets

TRAVIS Munnings will get his first opportunity to showcase his skillset for an NBA franchise. Munnings was invited to a Pre-Draft workout for the Charlotte Hornets today at the team’s training facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Abel ‘bringing ball in the inner community’

One former men’s national basketball team member is looking to develop the student-athletes within his community with his new initiative. Abel Joseph’s “Bringing Ball In the Inner Community” looks to increase its exposure during the summer months and extend into a year-round programme.

Pro boxer Amron Sands signs with new management

BAHAMIAN professional heavyweight boxer Amron Sands has signed with new management in an effort to capitalise on more opportunities to develop his career. Sands, 25, takes his undefeated record of 8-0 with 7KOs to Kevin Dever Sports Management.

Top swimmers ready to make a splash at Nationals

AFTER a spectacular winning performance on the CARIFTA 2019 international stage, swimmers are diving headfirst into the Bahamas Aquatic Federation’s 48th National Swimming Championships this month.

New champions crowned at the Bahamas Judo Nationals

THE Bahamas Judo Federation held its national championship at Holy Family Parish Activity Center this past weekend. Forty-eight athletes aged six to 25 participated.

UB Mingoes fall to 1-2 with loss to defending NPSA champions Wildcats

THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes women’s softball team lost to the NPSA defending champions Wildcats 20-4 on Tuesday night in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

A fun, wholesome weekend for young Christians

TEENS looking for wholesome, positive fun during this long holiday weekend may find a dose of it during The Glory Seekers Weekend 2019.

Bahamas Feeding Network extends a helping hand to those in need

More than 16 non-profit feeding centre and church outreach programmes on Grand Bahama were the recipients of some much-needed assistance from the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) recently.

Igniting the Pentecost fire at Calvary

Bishop James Newry and Elder Queenie Newry, along with the leadership and members of Calvary Deliverance Church the public to celebrate with them during their inaugural Pentecost Fire Conference. The conference will start on Tuesday, June 11, and continue until Thursday, June 13. Nightly sessions begin at 7pm.

It’s in you!

The days of summer are upon us and kids have tossed away everything academic for the next few months. However, just because school is out it doesn’t mean that all learning has to stop. We still want the summer to be a time of learning for kids, just in a different way.

When the blood cries out

Reading about the senseless, cold-blooded homicides in our nation’s capital is very disconcerting and depressing. The murder count in our country continues to soar in an unprecedented manner, and it is indubitably a thorn in our sides.

The will of God

The single most important duty of the believer in both life and ministry is knowing and carrying out God’s will. The critical question is how do we know God’s will?

Meditation: Surpassing expectations – Part I

When we speak to Christians, we tell them what we expect from them concerning their faith. Especially in this upcoming season of Pentecost, we can let them know that the indwelling Holy Spirit will enable them to meet God’s highest expectations.

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VAT fuel waiver beat households target

AN estimated 79,000 households have benefitted from the Minnis administration’s concession that eliminates value added tax on Bahamas Power and Light bills under $300.

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Lanisha’s ministry: We need to talk

THE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is committed to taking all necessary steps toward resolving the reported tensions between Minister Lanisha Rolle and the Bahamas Olympic Committee, according to a senior ministry official.

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Briton’s death due to heart failure

POLICE are still awaiting the results of a toxicology report as rumours persist over the mysterious death of British national Dannie Lea.

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Mother of graduate found in Turin: ‘I can’t believe it was an accident’

AS Italian officials downplay the possibility of foul play in the deaths of two Bahamian men, their mothers find it difficult to believe their deaths could have been accidental.

Wednesday, June 5

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Beloved couple perish in blaze

THE badly burned bodies of a husband and wife were discovered among the ruins of a house fire in the upscale canal residential subdivision of Emerald Bay, Grand Bahama early Wednesday morning.

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Wednesday, 5th June, 2019.

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UPDATED: Body of second Bahamian man found in river

5.50pm UPDATE: Officials have confirmed that the body of Blair John was pulled from the river Po on Wednesday morning.

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THE ALICIA WALLACE COLUMN: Imagine, keeping calm behind a bus until it’s ready to move off

I know very few people in Nassau who do not hate driving. I know some who plan their days around peak traffic times, some who get someone else to drive, some who play a particular genre of music to keep themselves calm and some who complain about it every single time they have to do it.

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Man who beat victim to death with cement block for slapping his mother jailed for ten years

A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to a decade in prison for beating a 50-year-old man to death with a cement block because he slapped his mother.

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Social media demand for US visas goes ‘too far’ - Mitchell

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman and Senator Fred Mitchell yesterday suggested the US State Department’s updated visa requirements “seems to go too far,” as he criticised the Minnis administration for failing to speak up for Bahamians.

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Govt makes good on property tax u-turn

The government is reversing taxation policy that threatened to destabilise the Bahamian second home market with legal reforms tabled alongside the 2019-2020 budget.

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Hilton evacuated after fire

FIREFIGHTERS extinguished a small fire at the Hilton hotel yesterday, forcing guests and employees to evacuate the Bay Street property.

Tech Talk

• The German government is extending a system of incentives to buy electric cars by 18 months until the end of 2020.

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Apple previews new software as it diversifies beyond iPhones

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple, beset by falling iPhone sales, announced upcoming changes to its phone and computer software intended to highlight its increasing emphasis on digital services and to further position it as a fierce guardian of personal privacy.

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Coach Major to introduce Hutchinson to amateur boxing

SHE walked into the Aftershock Boxing Club training programme at the National Amateur Boxing Gymnasium and Elizabeth Hutchinson was an immediate hit with coach Kieshno Major.

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Boyce, Hield to headline elimination tournament

TWO of the three defending champions will headline the Boxing Federation of the Bahamas’ eight-member team to the Bert Sugar Elimination Tournament this weekend in Punta Gorda, Florida.

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BAAA trying to secure more than $850,000

As they reach the six-month point in office, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations president Drumeco Archer took the opportunity to deal with a wide range of topics from their financial disposition to the participation of elite athletes competing on the international scene.

Chaos of migration

I believe that most people would agree that the dissolution of the traditional family has contributed significantly to most of our societal ills and criminality, but I cannot help considering the influence of another factor.

Beating children is our sport

IN all my many years of buying and reading the dailies, both The Tribune and The Nassau Guardian, I have never seen anything as ridiculous and nauseating as an editorial letter written to this very newspaper.

Hospitals need more pharmacists

THE PUBLIC Hospitals Authority will need 13 more pharmacists before existing staff can stop working extra shifts, according to Deputy Director Lyrone Burrows.

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Dames: Budget cut but things are getting better

WITH respective elected officials set to begin debate today on the Minnis administration’s 2019/2020 budget, one Cabinet official says it will be evident that things are “getting better”.

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Two years on - and no govt response on threats

IT has been two years since Rights Bahamas activists were granted protective measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights but to date the government has yet to report on its efforts, the group said.

Food safety seminar today

THE Bahamas Agricultural Food Safety Authority will host a food safety seminar today.

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Teen accused of murder

A 19-year-old is responsible for shooting another teenager to death and attempting to kill three other people while they were walking on Raymond Road last week, police have alleged.

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Armed robbery suspect says police beat him with a bat

A MAN who was arraigned on an armed robbery charge in Grand Bahama yesterday accused police of beating him with a baseball bat while in custody and coercing him to sign a report.

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Davis: Is travel budget a campaign fund?

THE financial allocation set aside for travel and several other in-house expenses at the Office of the Prime Minister in the 2019/2020 budget could be viewed as the government’s attempt to finance campaign-related activity, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis has suggested.

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BNT: We need our own fines over waste dumping

THE Bahamas National Trust said yesterday the county needs the ability to enforce its own fines where it is discovered that cruise lines dump waste in Bahamian waters, adding this kind of penalty would provide recourse where fines are paid out in the United States.

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Business ‘uneasy’ over tax strategy’s absence

Bahamian businesses are “anxious and uneasy” over the lack of a “clearly defined tax strategy” from the government, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman warned last night.

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‘Gaffe should cost CA Smith new role’

OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday called on the Minnis administration to abandon former Cabinet minister and diplomat CA Smith as their choice to become the next Governor General.

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PM urged to step in on new Lanisha row

THE relationship between the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) and Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Lanisha Rolle has become tenuous, with members now demanding she either sit down for formal talks or be removed as minister.

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‘No big concern’ for the US$ peg in joining WTO

The Central Bank’s governor says the prospect of widening “trade imbalances” as a result of joining the WTO is “not a major concern” for The Bahamas’ fixed exchange rate system.

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Union chief urges end to ‘strong man tactics’

A trade union leader has called for an end to “strong man tactics” in industrial negotiations while admitting that The Bahamas’ labour relations climate is “very, very bad”.

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Bran: Budget is ‘same old, same old’

THE DNA’s ex-leader yesterday told the government it must “walk and chew gum at the same time” by reducing the deficit and stimulating economic growth, slamming the 2019-2020 budget as the “same old, same old”.

BREA chief to head Florida conference

The Bahamas Real Estate Association’s (BREA) president will be the keynote speaker when business leaders from various countries gather in Fort Myers tomorrow for International Day.

Taxi chief: Nassau port ‘cannot be left behind’

Taxi drivers were yesterday said to be “excited” about potential spin-off opportunities from the $250m Nassau cruise port overhaul, their union chief saying: “We don’t want to be left behind”.

Bahamian realtor team joins global networking

Eighteen members of Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty flew nearly 3,000 miles to participate in the chain’s 2019 Global Networking Event in Vancouver from May 13-15.

BTC in ‘strict compliance’ with industrial agreements

THE BAHAMAS Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it follows “strict compliance with all laws and regulations” governing its industrial agreements amid union concerns of further job losses.

Nassau provider attends regional disaster summit

A Nassau-based cloud services provider has taken part in a World Bank-organised regional conference on disaster resilience and combating climate change.

Tuesday, June 4

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Tuesday, 4th June, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Empty promises mean empty pockets

FIRST, the good news. A deal is on the table from Carnival to settle with prosecutors after one of its ships dumped plastic and food waste in Bahamas waters last year. The company will pay $20m in fines.

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Bahamas joining WTO a threat to economy, argues pastor

LOCAL civic activist Pastor Eddie Victor believes the country’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is a threat to the economy and to workers.

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FACE TO FACE: Kiti’s path from Andros to a role on the world stage

A Bahamian has been elected to chair the North American and Caribbean region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). Kitiboni Adderley, a zestful, caring physical therapist with more than 18 years experience was elected by her peers during the WCPT’s 2019 Congress held last month in Geneva. The WCPT, which consists of five regions covering 113 countries, represents more than 450,000 physical therapists worldwide.

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Bishop urges amicable solution to beating row

BAHAMAS Christian Council president Bishop Delton Fernander has called for a “amicable solution” in the matter involving the beating of a seventh grade student by an administrator at St Augustine’s College last week.

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Bethel accuses PLP of hypocrisy over NIA Act

THE National Crime Intelligence Act 2019 passed in the Senate yesterday despite the Official Opposition’s attempts to have the upper chamber accept various amendments to portions of the legislation.

Four years in jail after using fake Visa debit card

A 28-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison for swindling a BTC retail store out of almost $2,500 by using a fake Visa debit card bearing the name of a United States Embassy special agent.

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Baha Mar employee told to repay Super Value swindles

A female Baha Mar employee was ordered yesterday to pay back the $1,000 worth of goods and cash she swindled various Super Value supermarkets out of via fake Cable Bahamas cheques.

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Fears of oil spill at Arawak Cay

ACTING Port Controller Dr Raymond King called on the maritime industry to immediately advise the Port Department of any oil spills after officials were unable to recover any of the spilled oil found at Arawak Cay yesterday.

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No $480m property tax arrears write-off

The government has no plans to write-off its $480m in real property tax arrears and will “pursue” all delinquents “with vigour”, its top finance official warned yesterday.

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New role begins with an apology

FORMER Cabinet minister Cornelius Alvin Smith yesterday issued a public apology for his premature announcement of his appointment as the country’s next Governor General.

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Death which sparked Bain Town riot ruled lawful

A TEENAGER’S death at the hands of a police officer that sparked the 2010 Bain Town riot was justified, a Coroner’s Court jury ruled yesterday.

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Staff in morgue walkout

STAFF at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Morgue Department staged a walkout yesterday due to the discovery of mould. The matter has been remediated, according to PHA Deputy Managing Director Lyrone Burrows, who explained the development was likely due to the improper use of an air-conditioning closet.

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Carnival’s payment for sailing violations – $20M: A DROP IN THE OCEAN

CARNIVAL Corporation has reached a settlement with US federal prosecutors that would see it pay $20 million in fines for violating terms of its probation.

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‘Enormous confusion’ over hotel gratuities

“Enormous confusion” exists even among hotel union members over whether industry employers want to eliminate or alter the automatic 15 percent gratuity, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

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BTVI holds its 5th annual fun run/walk

THE Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently held its fifth annual Fun Run/Walk under the theme ‘Tru Blue,’ this year celebrating the graduating class of 2019 crossing the finish line.

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BLTA’s ‘Play Tennis’ Programme a success

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association held another successful session of its “Play Tennis” programme.

I would ignore this private study group

Bahamians may be alarmed at a headline calling our corporate tax the world’s most “corrosive”—according to the Corporate Tax Haven Index 2019.

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The reel deal: ‘Off Da Rock’ event encourages Bahamian women to learn to fish

Fishing is a tradition very much ingrained in the culture and history of the Bahamas. Yet in 2019, it is an activity and industry and that is still dominated by men. For various reasons, only very few Bahamian women learn how to fish.

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Rotarians take the Bahamian message to Germany

ROTARY International President Barry Rassin wanted to introduce the world to the sights, sounds and colour of his beloved home country, the Bahamas. Over the past year, he has achieved this as he travelled the globe, never failing to remind his fellow Rotarians of his roots.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: Populism and nationalism - what happens when the people feel abandoned

It is said the rise of populism is a dangerous phenomenon in world politics. This has come to the forefront again following the heavy losses suffered by the mainstream political parties in last month’s European Parliament poll.

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Ladies night at the movies

Rave reviews from patrons is the reason “Ladies Night” will become a monthly occurrence at the Fusion Superplex.

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Sound wave therapy for erectile dysfunction

Low intensity shockwave lithotripsy (Li-ESWT) has the great potential to offer a curative treatment for poor blood supply/vasculogenic erectile dysfunction, which is a common cause of poor erections for many men.

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It’s OK to try it!

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

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The 800 gram challenge comes to The Bahamas

Happy Hour CrossFit launches new nutrition event

EATING 800 grams of fruits and vegetables a day is the only instruction for a new challenge designed to encourage healthy eating all summer long.

Fourth Terrace Diagnostic Centre partners with industry leader to develop AI powered breast cancer solution

The Nuevozen Corporation, a leading provider of innovative cancer detection solutions, has announced its partnership with the Fourth Terrace Diagnostic Centre here in Nassau. The partnership’s goal is the development and installation of an artificial intelligence powered breast cancer solution.

WTO: Don't keep dancing around

The debate in the public square over whether we should accede to full membership in the World Trade Organization has produced a virtual cornucopia of old wives tales, misplaced fears and a general lack of knowledge of some of the facts that should inform the debate.

Student athletes in NCAA Div I Track and Field Outdoors

SEVERAL Bahamians will be in competition this week among the top collegiate student athletes at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, to be hosted June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

Archer admits BAAA in a financial bind

NEWLY elected Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations president Drumeco Archer admitted that they are in a financial bind and is looking for the support of corporate Bahamas to help them fund their various international meets this year.

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Nesbitt and team force 5th and deciding game

NATIONAL team member David Nesbitt and his Regates de Flamengo Basketball Club forced a fifth and deciding game in Brazil’s Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB) Finals.

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BOC heads meeting with national sporting bodies

In a solidarity move, the Bahamas Olympic Committee headed a meeting with the national sporting bodies to voice their displeasure over the manner in which the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is handling their financial affairs.

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Brewery suffers loss on $2.7m cost one-offs

Commonwealth Brewery has blamed a six-figure loss for the 2019 first quarter on $2.7m in one-off expenses linked to restructuring, staff lay-offs and Kalik Light’s re-branding.

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Sebas funds: No liability over ‘conflicts of interest’

Investors buying into the mutual funds launched yesterday by Sebas Bastian’s investment house will not be able to take legal action relating to any “conflicts of interest” it may have.

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GB tech hub won’t appear ‘overnight’

THE government’s plans to transform Grand Bahama into a technology hub will not materialise “overnight”, a Cabinet minister admitting yesterday: “There is a whole lot more to be done”.

Forum discusses amendments to insolvency regime

The Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA Bahamas) has held its first roundtable discussion on proposed reforms to The Bahamas’ insolvency framework.

Service quality win for Freeport firm

A Freeport-based small business has been recognised by the world’s largest travel platform for the quality of its customer service.

Bahamas hosting anti-financial crime training

The Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) week-long flagship training course on combating financial crime began for Bahamian and regional regulators this morning.

Private sector ‘critical’ to Internet governance

IT is “critical” for the private sector to be involved in discussions on internet governance, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority’s (URCA) chief executive said yesterday.

Central Bank hails ‘buoyant’ tourism

The Central Bank yesterday described tourism’s performance as “buoyant” through April 2019, with “off-resort room nights” in the vacation rental sector up 31.7 percent that month.

DHL Express opens new Nassau facility

DHL Express, the global delivery company, has opened a new 9,578 square foot facility in Nassau to integrate its Bahamian operations into one location.

Monday, June 3

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06032019 EDITION

Monday, 3rd June, 2019.

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Monday, June 3rd, 2019.

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INSIGHT – Arrest, detention and deportation has not worked for 70 years. It’s time to stop the insanity and try something else

Haitians aren’t coming to take over. Those born in The Bahamas of Haitian parents, our Citizens in Waiting, are not either. They aren’t conspiring to steal our jobs, destroy our public services, or breed us out of existence. They do not want to make The Bahamas a colony of Haiti.

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INSIGHT: A balanced budget doesn’t mean a lot when there’s no food on the table

WHILE the banging on the tables in Parliament in commendation of the deputy prime minister’s 2019-2020 Budget Communication could not completely drown out the sounds of backs breaking all around the populace, many were relieved that no further taxes will be levied on the Bahamian people.

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Doctors union chief hits back at health minister

BAHAMAS Doctors Union president Dr Melisande Bassett has hit out at Health Minister Dr Duane Sands over an ongoing labour dispute, saying regardless of whether junior doctors are only having their contracts slashed from three years to one year in “isolated incidents”, the matter contravenes the union’s industrial agreement.

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D'Aguilar: It's critical that hotel talks are successful

THE hotel workers union is maintaining the proposal it received from industry stakeholders outlined a “zero percent” gratuity provision — despite Atlantis recently stating the industry has “never suggested” eliminating 15 percent gratuity from employees.

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Privatisation target in just 2% annual growth

The government’s latest privatisation target is forecasting annual revenue growth of just two percent over the next decade, with the selection of a preferred bidder targeted for end-July 2019.

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US court to rule today on Carnival ‘violations’

A LOCAL environmentalist is working to be identified as a victim in ongoing pollution proceedings against Carnival Corporation in a US court.

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Wilchcombe wants GB seat in next election

FORMER Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe has applied for the Progressive Liberal Party’s nomination in the West Grand Bahama constituency in the 2022 general election, according to PLP chairman Fred Mitchell.

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CA Smith - our new governor general

CORNELIUS Alvin Smith has announced that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has appointed him as the country’s next Governor General, a revelation that some see as a “shocking breach” of protocol.

'Plastics ban will increase our business costs'

LOCAL distributors have expressed fears that the upcoming 2020 ban on single-use plastics and Styrofoam will result in a decline of customers purchasing disposable food packaging items.

POLICE ADVICE: Don't be a target – if you are a senior, keep safe

SENIOR citizens continue to be the fastest growing segment of our population and that makes them a prime target for con artists and thieves.

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Armed thief steals car

POLICE are looking for a car thief who robbed a woman outside a Garden Hills home on Friday night.

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Police quiz school official after beating complaint

A SAINT Augustine College school official was questioned and later released by police in connection with a complaint over the beating of a seventh grade student last week.

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GAIN AN EDGE: Now it’s time to give back

“I want to give back to my country,” said Jared Symonette, top Accounting graduate of the University of The Bahamas (UB) and Governor General awardee.

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WORLD VIEW: An enigmatic patriot who walked with kings but kept the common touch

EDWARD Seaga was a great Jamaican patriot well deserving of the many tributes which have been paid to him concerning his devoted service to his country. But, he was not a regionalist and his tenure as Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1980 to 1989, contributed to the deceleration of the regional integration process.

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Chisholm hits his 12th home run of the season

JAZZ Chisholm hit his team leading 12th home run of the season for the Jackson Generals and concluded a six-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts with a 5-4 win.

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Bahamians shine in NCAA Div I Baseball Regionals

ELLISON Hanna’s Indiana State Sycamores continue to advance while BJ Murray’s FAU Owls saw their run come to an end in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Regionals.

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Jones posts 2nd double double of season

JONQUEL Jones scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and recorded her second double double of the season in a come-from-behind win for the Connecticut Sun.

This prostitutes the system

I am a layman but I attended the constitutional conference in 1972. I have been around a little while and I have learned how proper attorneys general and judicial commissions work.

Belts will leave a mark but that is not abuse

I am a Bahamian and proud of it. I am proud of the foundation upon which our country is built.

An exemplary appointment

The appointment of Ruth Bowe-Darville as a Justice of the Supreme Court has ruffled the feathers of the PLP which issued a statement protesting the appointment of the known FNM supporter and activist as an attempt by the FNM to politicise the courts.

EDITORIAL: Let me sell you something, but it’s okay, you don’t have to pay

SUPPOSE for a minute that you’re starting up a business. You go to the bank manager and pitch your business plan – you’re going to let people come into your business, use whatever services they need and when it comes to paying for them? Well, you’re not going to turn anyone away from your business, even if they say they can’t pay for what you’re selling.

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Boy 'critical' in hospital after he's run over by car

A TODDLER was left in critical condition in hospital following a traffic “mishap” in Eleuthera on Friday, police said.

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Man killed in drive-by shooting

A MAN is dead after he was wounded during a drive-by shooting Thursday night.

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‘Discretion’ in name switch tax dodgers clamp down

The government has introduced “discretion” into the crack down on corporate tax cheats who seek to evade their liabilities by reincorporating under a different vehicle or name.

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‘Bring your A game’ for one-runway LPIA

A Cabinet minister yesterday said all stakeholders “must be on our ‘A’ game” to cope with Lynden Pindling International Airport’s (LPIA) imminent reduction to a single runway.

Vacation rentals tax ‘solves 25% of issue’

AN Out Island boutique resort operator says the government’s vacation rentals tax plan “only solves 25 percent of the real problem” and is “not the way to go”.

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Public health deficit slashed to $18m-$25m

The public health sector’s financial deficit has been cut to $18m-$25m, a Cabinet minister said yesterday, with National Health Insurance’s (NHI) expansion “a matter of timing”.

$20m upgrade cuts LPIA to one runway

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will operate with a single runway for four to six months due to a near-$20m upgrade that is set to begin on June 17.

PI condo complex almost 70% sold

A high-rise Paradise Island condominium complex has now sold almost 70 percent of its inventory after finding buyers for its two most expensive units - 10th floor penthouses.

Auto duty slashes ‘not the answer’

MAKING conventional gasoline vehicles cheaper is “not the answer” to the government’s environmental sustainability drive, a Bahamian electric car dealer is arguing.

‘Serious money’ need for renewable energy

The Bahamas needs “serious money” to reverse a “less than mediocre” renewable energy performance that has been “trumpted as ‘big strides’”, an industry executive is arguing.

BISX all-share index falls flat

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange’s (BISX) All-Share Index was flat during the 2019 first quarter, under-performing compared to indices in more developed capital markets.