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Saturday, November 30

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Atlantis hits out at BPL after outage

The Atlantis resort has hit out at Bahamas Power and Light following Friday night’s island-wide power outage.

Friday, November 29

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11292019 WEEKEND

Friday, 29th November, 2019.

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11292019 EDITION

Friday, 29th November, 2019.

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University, UTEB negotiations 'almost complete'

NEGOTIATIONS between the University of The Bahamas and the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas over an expired industrial agreement are almost complete, according to UTEB president Daniel Thompson, who said members are hoping to have the agreement signed before the holiday season.

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Atlantis workers back on the job after Thanksgiving protest

ATLANTIS workers went back on the job on Friday after disgruntled union members protested on Thanksgiving – leaving a scramble to address the grievances of staff.

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Body found in Abaco brings Dorian death toll to 70

POLICE in Abaco have recovered the remains of one unidentified body in the Mudd, bringing the official death toll to 70 post Hurricane Dorian.

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UPDATED: Power being restored after major outage

AT 8:35pm Friday night as Bahamas Power and Light technicians were about 70 percent along in the process of bringing the island back from an island-wide blackout, there was a major setback. The system encountered a secondary problem, which by 8:52 pm, had been isolated.

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US Coast Guard rescues man headed to Bahamas

A MAN had to be rescued by the US Coast Guard after setting sail for The Bahamas.

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Save the Bays thanks govt for introduction of environmental bills

A LOCAL environmental watchdog has commended the government for introducing several bills seeking to address environmental issues in the country.

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AG hits out at Damian Gomez

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel lashed out at former State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez for his attempt “to intimidate and besmirch law enforcements and Crown Prosecutors”.

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No. 6 North Carolina beats No. 11 Oregon 78-74 for third place

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Armando Bacot controlled the paint. Cole Anthony turned in big late-game plays. And along the way, No. 6 North Carolina offered plenty of the toughness that its Hall of Fame coach wanted to see following the team's first loss.

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Michigan beats No. 8 Gonzaga 82-64 to win Atlantis title

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Isaiah Livers scored 21 points and Michigan again overwhelmed a highly ranked opponent with its flowing offense to beat No. 8 Gonzaga 82-64 on Friday in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Cardinals win Hoopfest Thanksgiving Classic opener

The opening game of The Bahamas Hoopfest Thanksgiving Classic featured a thrilling finish that went down to the final possession and set the tone for several days of exciting NCAA Women’s Basketball.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: We can be thankful we’ll always have laughter

SEEING how my Cowboys lost yesterday, on Thanksgiving, I could easily practice my ‘Grinch’ routine early, but I won’t. Instead, I’ve decided to laugh it off, because if I don’t laugh, I’m most certainly going to cry.

More power restored in Abaco

NEARLY three months after Hurricane Dorian devastated the northwestern Bahamas, electricity supply to the clinic, government offices, airport and water plant in Abaco has been restored, according to Bahamas Power and Light officials yesterday. These

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Bulldogs vs Wolverines in B4A title game today

WHEN the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Michigan Wolverines face off, one team will leave the Bahamas with an undefeated record and Battle 4 Atlantis title while the other will suffer their first loss of the season.

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Pintard 'puts aid before politics' for restoration

MARCO City MP Michael Pintard has pledged to assist all his constituents in the restoration of their homes regardless of their politics.While in Grand Bahama on Thursday, Mr Pintard hosted senior citizens of his constituency to a Thanksgiving luncheo

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Ambulances deployed to Grand Bahama

TWO ambulances donated by Canadian manufacturer Demers-Braun-Crestline Group as part of Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts were deployed to Grand Bahama yesterday by the Public Hospitals Authority. The ambulances, which are outfitted with

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NIB staff hold protest

IRATE employees of the National Insurance Board (NIB) protested yesterday after negotiations over a new industrial agreement failed. Speaking to reporters outside of NIB’s headquarters during the workers’ morning tea break, Ghion Roach, Union of Pub

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Find Kenrika's killer

THE aunt of the teenage girl found dead Wednesday morning at Stokes Cabana in the Yamacraw area said her family is distraught over her murder. Police said shortly after 7am, they were alerted to the partially nude body of a female on a beach at the

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PM: Asking business to pay more for BPL would have meant job cuts

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis suggested yesterday that the business community threatened layoffs if they had to pay more for the increase on electricity than the average Bahamas Power and Light customer.Dr Minnis was responding to Member of Parliam

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Capital demand may strain $120m market

A leading investment banker yesterday warned that the increasing competition for capital involving both the Government and private sector could leave some deals “unfunded” over the next 18 months.

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Atlantis gains court bar on union action

Atlantis last night obtained an emergency injunction to prevent further industrial action by the hotel union following yesterday’s picketing that hit an industry trying to rise from its “knees” post-Dorian. Tribune Business understands that the Supr

Auditor General: Scholarships did not follow process

Government officials have admitted that Ministry of Education scholarships are awarded to persons who do not go through the proper approval process or meet application deadlines.

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Shell deal still ‘very much live’

A Cabinet minister yesterday asserted that the deal for Shell’s new power plant “is very much live” despite Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) seemingly making a $70m investment on its behalf.

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Oil explorer in New Year local investor fund

A Bahamas-based oil explorer yesterday pledged to set-up an investment fund in the New Year that will give Bahamians access to the potential “fortune of hydrocarbons” from its activities. Simon Potter, the Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) chief execu

GB purchase

GRAND Bahama Port Authority - Harbour and GB Airport…it shocks me that over the past 10-12 years learned Attorneys residing in GB continue to propose Government purchase these assets.

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RBDF marines have a great showing at Half Marathon

KUDOS to the officers and marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for a great showing at the Roadmasters’ 7th annual Bahamas (Bahamas Half) Marathon race last Saturday.

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‘Buddy’ Hield scores 22 for Kings in loss to 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid got back to playing the kind of game he expects from himself and nothing like the worst game of his career two nights prior.

Religious happenings around town

• Who Needs Christmas?

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Inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis Women’s Tourney all set for next year

COMPLETE Sports Management’s Battle 4 Atlantis brand is set to expand in 2020.

Benefit concert to lift well-known musical pastor to ‘higher ground’

After years of spreading hope and encouraging others to stay strong, Pastor Simeon Outten is himself being shown support by a group of Bahamian music artists who will host a benefit concert in his honour this Sunday.

Meditation – Remembering to say thanks

During the last months of the year, there are a number of occasions when we intentionally remember to say “thank you.” For example:

‘Finish off the year strong in faith’

WITH only four weeks left before a new year starts, the leadership of Calvary Deliverance is hoping to motivate believers to end 2019 on a strong note.

What hours for jitneys?

For the last week at the downtown bus terminal and since the recent time change. This has created a clogging of sorts there. As many of the workers relying on this form of transportation to get from work, were left sitting in the dark...at the Frederick Street south side, where the 10-a, 14-a and 15-a are lined up.

Legacy of Felix Bethel

The following letter, written by Felix Bethel in 2014, is published here at the request of one of his daughters. Mr Bethel, who died last week at the age of 70, was on the staff of the College of The Bahamas – now the University of the Bahamas — for 45 years.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Leave our debt for another day - we need to spend to fight off climate change

Like most folks, I hate to owe anything to anybody. I feel a sense of supreme satisfaction paying off a credit card. I even enjoy paying bills (except BPL which infuriates me), but as I said, knowing that I’m momentarily debt-free and what I earn is what I get to keep - at least until the next bill comes along - provides a good-all-over feeling.

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Passport office for Long Island

PLANS are afoot for a satellite Passport Office in Long Island.Adrian Gibson, MP for the community, announced that staff of the Passport Office in New Providence recently inspected the Administrator’s Office in Clarence Town to assess the readiness o

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BPL customers criticise light bills increase

Bahamas Power and Light customers yesterday criticised the government’s decision to increase light bills through its rate reduction bond, which will allow for additional charges to be added to customer’s monthly bills starting 2020.

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20 years to repay bailout

BAHAMAS Power and Light customers will pay for the company’s rate reduction bond for the next 20 years to bail-out the company – but the highest increase in electricity bills is only expected to last through 2020, according to Works Minister Desmond Bannister.

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Gibson’s lawyers want commissioner sacked

SHANE Gibson’s lawyers want Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson removed from office and will make a complaint to the Bar Association to have Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskin disbarred due to the way investigations were handled in Mr Gibson’s case, according to former State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez, QC.

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THANKS A LOT: Dionisio’s frustration as Atlantis staff spring snap holiday walkout

AFTER disgruntled hotel workers picketed outside of the Atlantis resort over unresolved issues with their industrial agreement, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar expressed his disappointment in the Bahamas Hotel Catering & Allied Workers Union.

'Sliding scale' VAT break on post-Dorian property sales

VAT breaks on real estate sales in Dorian-devastated Abaco and Grand Bahama will be based on a sliding scale that is capped at 50 percent of the total tax due, a senior official said yesterday. Gaynell Rolle, acting controller at the Department of I

Keeping the wood crafting dream alive

The widow of Bahamas Woodcrafters’ founder is working with company staff to keep his 22-year dream alive by making it the leading business in the industry.Alexander Baxter opened the creative wood crafting business in the Soldier Road Industrial Park

Summit to honour three Bahamians

Three Bahamians will be honoured at Hubert Edwards Global Success Summit 2019, which will be held tomorrow. Barry Rassin, the first Bahamian president of Rotary International; Ricardo P. Deveaux, founder of the Primary School Student of the Year Awar

'Six main' Dorian tax reliefs ready

Residents and businesses in the Dorian-hit islands will be able to access “six main” tax reliefs when the Government’s special economic recovery zones take effect this Sunday.Gaynell Rolle, the Department of Inland Revenue’s acting controller, detail

IAN FERGUSON: A healthy employee is a productive one

Awareness of mind and body wellness has had a noticeable impact on the corporate landscape over the past few decades. More and more businesses, both large and small, have been integrating a holistic approach to wellness and productivity for their emp

Thursday, November 28

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11282019 EDITION

Thursday 28th November, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Questions over failed prosecutions

First, the Frank Smith trial ended with him walking away a free man, and now the Shane Gibson bribery case has ended the same way. Both men are not guilty, both cases leave questions for whether the charges should have been brought in the first place based on the evidence that prosecutors presented.

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STATESIDE: Pardoning a disgraced Seal - cynical or genius?

Thanksgiving morning in the United States has for the past 30 years been preceded by the charming ritual of the American President “pardoning” a couple of fat, healthy turkeys from becoming someone’s holiday feast. The president, with his wife at his side, usually pats one of the turkeys, cracks a joke or two, and the photo op is over.

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Work begins at urgent care areas at PMH

LESS than one week after the signing of a contract with Inline Project Company Ltd for the redevelopment of the urgent care areas at Princess Margaret Hospital, work began at the entrance of the Emergency Department yesterday.The contract is valued a

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US travel advisory remains unchanged

THE United States Embassy in Nassau has stressed that the US State Department’s overall travel advisory for The Bahamas has not changed since a previous level two advisory was issued in February. In a post to its Facebook page, the embassy said an a

Grand Bahama's water bonus

MORE than 7,000 gallons of clean potable water are produced every day by Mercy Corps and distributed to over a dozen water distribution sites on Grand Bahama.Water quality in Grand Bahama has been significantly reduced following Hurricane Dorian, whi

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UN comments 'deeply troubling'

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is “deeply concerned” by comments attributed to a United Nations official regarding claims of violence and abuse by law enforcement officers towards Haitian migrants as reported by a local newspaper. In a pres

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Blaze ‘cover up’ over $400k loss

A Bahamian accounting firm was struck by a suspicious fire just as it began an internal probe that led to an employee pleading guilty to defrauding the Government’s housing initiative of $283,264.

OP-ED: We can't send people back to damaged, poor homes

Mr Frankie Campbell, Minister of Social Services, pictured, is a very compassionate and caring individual. I understand clearly his desire that individuals who are still housed in shelters need to get back to their homes. However, what is the conditi

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Man accused of attempted murder

A GRAND Bahama man has been charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court with attempted murder. Cadwell Cooper, 22, of Beaconsfield Avenue, appeared before Magistrate Rengin Johnson in Court Three on Wednesday and charged with two counts of attempted

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'We must face harsh reality of this debt'

PRIME Minister Hubert Minnis said yesterday his administration can no longer make short-term decisions as it relates to “cash-strapped” and “burdensome” Bahamas Power and Light. Yesterday in his contribution to the Electricity Rate Reduction Bond Bi

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Woman’s death brings murder count to 91

POLICE are investigating two separate incidents that left a woman dead and one man in the hospital yesterday morning.

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Renewables stunned over paying BPL fee

Renewable energy providers yesterday warned it was “imperative” that the government clarify its plan to make users pay the debt servicing fee for Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) mega $650m refinance.

No web shop patron winning tax until 2020

The new web shop patron “winnings” tax is unlikely to come into effect until the New Year, the industry association’s chief executive confirmed last night.Gershan Major, head of The Bahamas Gaming Operators Association, told Tribune Business that the

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‘Paying the price’ for BPL’s failings

A Cabinet minister yesterday warned that all Bahamians must now “pay the price” for Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) failings even as his House of Assembly address left more unanswered questions.

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URCA fines BPL $230k over fires, blackout stalling

Energy sector regulators last night revealed they have fined Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) some $229,535 for failing to co-operate with investigations into its summer blackouts and Clifton Pier fires.

Don't force your agenda on all of us

We have all known from day one that acts of homosexuality and lesbianism abound in the world, inclusive of The Bahamas. These acts of abomination, for that is what they are, are an affront to The Lord Jesus Christ and to right thinking individuals. In recent times several high profiled persons and organisations have come out of the proverbial closet to embrace and promote this perverted alternative life style.

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Bain hits big time

Nathan Bain is becoming a regular feature on ESPN’s flagship programming and continues his fairytale senior season that has garnered national attention.

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Spotlight helps hurricane relief

When Nathan Bain’s shot gave his Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks the biggest college basketball upset of the decade, it also brought awareness to Lumberjacks’ own Hurricane Dorian Relief effort and ignited a groundswell of support of the last 24 hours.

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Wolverines snap up first win of Atlantis tournament

The opening session of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis produced another edition of the rivalry between two of college basketball’s most iconic programmes.

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Families face $30 bill to bail out BPL

BAHAMAS Power and Light customers will see a $20 to $30 increase in their monthly electricity bills for 10 months starting in 2020, according to Minister of Works Desmond Bannister.

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FREE TO GO: Jury takes less than two hours to dismiss charges against Shane Gibson

JURORS took under two hours to find Shane Gibson not guilty in a case his lawyers said was tainted with “wickedness” and “injustice” from the start. When the foreman revealed the acquittal on all counts of bribery, the former government minister cried. His lawyer arose in elation. His family and supporters in the gallery cheered.

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Davis calls for inquiry into prosecution’s conduct

AFTER former Labour Minister Shane Gibson was acquitted on all counts of bribery of which he was accused, Progressive Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis called for an inquiry into the prosecution’s conduct regarding the case.

Hudson Estates residents happy to see debris being removed

RESIDENTS of Hudson Estates are relieved and happy about the removal of debris piles in that private subdivision, which is beginning to see some sort normalcy two months after Hurricane Dorian. Damaged items which once lined the roadside have been h

First international flight post-Dorian reaches GB

Grand Bahama on Tuesday welcomed its first international flight since the passing of Hurricane Dorian to the island’s Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at Grand Bahama International Airport. Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Grand

Colina 'proud' over balance sheet praise

Colina Insurance Company yesterday said it was “particularly proud” that the industry’s top rating agency had praised its strong balance sheet in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Catherine Williams, finance vice-president for the life and health in

$3.6m PMH upgrade kicks off immediately

The $3.6m redevelopment of Princess Margaret Hospital’s (PMH) emergency department, and orthopedic and wound care areas, has begun less than one week after the contract’s signing.Inline Project Company began works at the emergency department’s entran

Bahamas targets Middle East on financial services

The Bahamas had a strong presence at a Dubai conference that attracted wealth managers and estate planners from the world’s leading financial services jurisdictions.The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and Ministry of Financial Services teamed

Wednesday, November 27

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2020 Jury List

Wednesday, 27th November, 2019.

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11272019 EDITION

Wednesday, 27th November, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Who is talking to US officials?

THE new travel alert from the US Department of State for The Bahamas prompts a question or two.

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ALICIA WALLACE: When women at risk become even more vulnerable

Monday marked the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence and was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We all know the numbers. One in three women experiences violence in her lifetime. Though they may not have shared their stories with us, we all know people who have been affected by gender-based violence, having experienced it themselves or witnessed it.

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BREAKING NEWS: Shane Gibson found not guilty on all counts

FORMER Labour Minister Shane Gibson was acquitted on all counts of bribery he was accused of by a jury on Wednesday.

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Sands defends $4m increase in travel budget

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday defended the government’s decision to increase its travel budget by $4 million in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, amid criticisms from the opposition party that cited the move as a wrong decision and a badl

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'We'll wait to see Marijuana Commission report first before we act'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has dismissed a call from Progressive Liberal Party deputy leader Chester Cooper to act swiftly to decriminalise marijuana.Speaking to reporters at Cabinet yesterday, Dr Sands said the administration is taking a data dr

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Storm victims unsure what happens when shelters shut

WITH all shelters in New Providence expected to be deactivated by the end of the year, some storm victims are expressing uncertainty about where they will go next. Stacy Roberts, from Dundas Town, Abaco, said after living at Kendal GL Isaacs Gym for

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Civil rights activist Garth Reeves dies in Miami, aged 100

BAHAMIAN Garth Reeves Sr, owner of The Miami Times and a noted civil rights activist in South Florida, has died at age 100. “Mr Reeves led a remarkable life promoting equality and civil rights as a veteran, journalist, community activist, and owner

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Bahamian charged with aiding Haitian migrants

Bahamian man and two Haitians who were intercepted at sea in Bahamian waters by the US Coast Guard were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Destry Fox, a 55-year-old Bahamian, appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Court Two

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UPDATED: US Embassy says travel advisory 'unchanged'

THE US Department of State has issued another travel alert for The Bahamas ahead of the holiday season due to the “increased risk” of becoming a victim of crime.

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'Taking Nassau from 1.0 to 10.0'

Bahamian institutional investors will be invited to raise 40-50 percent of the cruise port’s $100m bridge financing facility, with its developer pledging yesterday: “We’re taking Nassau from 1.0 to 10.0.” Michael Maura, Nassau Cruise Port’s chief ex

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'Robust' Thanksgiving from 90k LPIA arrivals

A Cabinet minister yesterday voiced optimism for a “robust” Thanksgiving and Christmas tourism season after 90,000 persons moved through Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) last week.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, spea

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Govt debt trading on BISX misses target start date

The Central Bank’s governor yesterday expressed optimism that the trading of central government debt on BISX will begin before year-end despite the initial November deadline being missed.

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Debt ratio forecasts are 'overly optimistic'

Fiscal observers yesterday warned that projections showing The Bahamas’ debt ratios will be kept in check are “very optimistic” given that this requires surpluses three times’ higher than achieved before. Robert Myers, the Organisation for Responsib

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$250m cruise port overhaul targets Q1 2022 completion

Nassau cruise port’s operator is aiming to “double the yield” from passenger spending once the facility’s transformation into a destination product is completed by the 2022 first quarter.Michael Maura, Nassau Cruise Port Ltd’s chief executive, told T

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Man, 20, faces murder charge

FOUR men appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday to face separate murder and attempted murder charges. In the first arraignment, Marquin Williams, 20, of Willow Tree Avenue, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt accused of intentionall

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Battle 4 Atlantis tips off today with another outstanding field

COMPLETE Sports Management’s Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis tips off another edition today as the Atlantis hosts the premier early season NCAA Division I basketball tournament.

Christmas bonus

A banker sends to P.O. to collect a FREE monthly educational magazine from STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Planners ) and the messenger is charged and receipted for the following:

Food stores will be liable if they fail to remove recalled products

FOOD stores that do not remove recalled products will be liable if consumers fall ill, according to The Bahamas Agricultural Food and Safety Authority chairman. Consumers were warned about two US recalls from lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley regi

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Hield scores career-high 41 in ‘rivalry’ with Celtics

The best games of Buddy Hield’s NBA career thus far have come against the Boston Celtics, indicating a potential rivalry between the Kings guard and the team that passed over him in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Gibson - victim or simply a crook? Lawyers give their final summaries on corruption charges

PROSECUTION and defence lawyers painted competing portraits of Shane Gibson yesterday, asking jurors during closing arguments to view the former minister as either a corrupt politician or a victim of nefarious plot.

Minnis talked to UN about aid for Haitians

DURING a meeting with United Nations Resident Coordinator Mariko Kagoshima about relief and reconstruction efforts on Grand Bahama and Abaco, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis welcomed an offer of assistance by the UN for Haitian residents affected by

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Strachan named to All-MEC First Team

MIKE Strachan was recognised by the Mountain East Conference for his record-setting junior season for the Charleston Golden Eagles football programme.

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My ‘next fight will definitely be in New York’

LOOKING ahead to the promise of future prospects, Amron Sands and his team plans to seek more opportunities in the Northern United States.

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‘Our hands clean on illegal migrants’

IMMIGRATION Minister Elsworth Johnson said yesterday the government has done nothing wrong regarding its handling of illegal migrants seeking refuge in the country.

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Sands’ appetite’s for healthier lifestyles

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said there will be no fast-food tax or any additional new taxes this fiscal year.

Top insurers removed from ratings 'review'

The Bahamas’ two major life and health insurers were yesterday removed from “review” by the industry’s major rating agency despite suffering increased claims and policy lapses due to Hurricane Dorian.AM Best, in two separate releases, confirmed it ha

PLP hits back at claim it 'wished Bahamas ill'

The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) yesterday blasted the deputy prime minister for accusing it of “wishing the ill of a credit rating downgrade on The Bahamas”. Senator Fred Mitchell, pictured , the Opposition party’s chairman, said in a statement

Small business centre gives $400k for Dorian

More than $400,000 in loan and grant financing has been provided to Dorian-devastated entrepreneurs by the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), its senior advisor said yesterday. Winston Rolle provided figures showing that, as of yesterday, som

Sterling names Bahamian to head local IT operations

Sterling Global Financial, the $10bn asset manager, has appointed Timothy Maura to head corporate information technology (IT) for its Bahamas operations. “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy Maura, a specialist who brings with

Tuesday, November 26

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11262019 EDITION

Tuesday, 26th November, 2019.

EDITORIAL: When it comes to climate change, we really have to try

JUST 11 days ago we asked here how serious the government was when Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said nations needed to intensify their response to the threats from global warming.

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OP-ED: We have to act TODAY . . . before the planet is in real trouble

We are doing nowhere near enough to limit climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are rising when they should be falling. Countries need to urgently increase action or we will face a future of rising seas, extreme weather events and increased human misery.

Another warning over contaminated lettuce

THE BAHAMAS Agricultural Food and Safety Authority is warning consumers about two US recalls of over 75,000 pounds of salad products and a variety of lettuces contaminated with E. coli. BAHFSA issued a press statement asking the public to dispose of

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Inaugural Bahamas Hoopfest tips off Thanksgiving Day

THE inaugural Bahamas Hoopfest is set to be added to the expanding list of NCAA Division I basketball tournaments hosted in the Bahamas during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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Say No to violence

MINISTER of Social Services Frankie Campbell said the government is committed to ending gender-based violence by 2030.Speaking at the Zonta Club’s “Say No To Violence” campaign launch yesterday, Mr Campbell said officials have a tiered approach plann

Parts of Grand Bahama still without power

SUBDIVISIONS in the area of ‘over the bridge’ in Grand Bahama are still without power, leaving residents vulnerable and having to use portable generators to electrify their homes. In addition to black-out conditions, residents have to deal with tryi

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'$10,000 not enough for household'

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said the government’s promised assistance for Hurricane Dorian’s most vulnerable victims is inadequate.“Almost ten weeks after Dorian, the government is yet to deliver on its promised rebuilding assistance of $1

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FACE TO FACE: Denise is breaking ‘the chain’ of sexual health ignorance

Bahamians know their country consists of a small population. Take a look at any Bahamian and a fellow citizen would either know them, one of their family members, or someone connected to them… for the most part.

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DPM: Opposition 'working hard' to attract downgrade

The deputy prime minister yesterday accused the opposition’s leader of “working his hardest” to attract the credit rating agencies’ attention, as he asserted there was “no sign” of a Bahamas downgrade. K P Turnquest, rejecting Philip “Brave” Davis’

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Businesses 'not screaming' over VAT refunds

Businesses “have not been screaming like in the past” over delayed VAT refunds, it was argued yesterday, despite the opposition leader’s assertion that the government is not paying legitimate claims. Gowon Bowe, former head of the Bahamas Chamber of

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'Caught with pants down' on contractor regulation

Two past Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) presidents yesterday said Hurricane Dorian had “caught the government with its pants down” when it came to the industry’s self-regulation.Both Leonard Sands and Stephen Wrinkle told Tribune Business tha

Govt urged to explore 'social' bonds to fund disaster relief

The government should explore the creation of “green” bonds to help finance future disaster recovery efforts, an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) economist urged yesterday. Dr Allen Wright, addressing a Bahamas Society of Chartered Financial An

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Abaco cays in BPL cables funding offer

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the government will have to give a “deadline” for several of the Abaco cays that have pledged to finance the provision of underground utility cables post-Dorian.Desmond Bannister, minister of works, told Tribune Busi

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Shelters to shut down by year end

WITH fewer than 600 people living in shelters throughout New Providence post-Hurricane Dorian, Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell confirmed yesterday that the government is hoping to have those shelters closed by the end of the year.

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Minnis’ ‘smokescreen’ to hide FNM problems

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party deputy leader Chester Cooper said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis should do more than just talk about marijuana decriminalisation, adding the Minnis administration should be drafting the necessary law changes for debate in Parliament as soon as possible.

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‘Fake news’ - 15% VAT rate rise

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest has refuted what he called “misinformation” about value added tax increasing to 15 percent in January 2020.

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NOTHING TO SAY: Gibson stays silent as corruption trial draws to its close

LAWYERS for Shane Gibson wrapped up their case in the former labour minister’s bribery trial yesterday after calling one witness who praised Gibson and expressed disbelief that he could have committed the crimes of which he is accused.

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Celtics hold off Kings 103-102 despite Hield’s 41 points

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 24 points, Jayson Tatum had 20 and the Boston Celtics held off the Sacramento Kings 103-102 despite a career-high 41 points from Buddy Hield last night.

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Age ain’t nothing but a number

The importance of seniors staying fit

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.

Climb down from those high horses

I often joke that I am the smartest individual in the Universe. As time goes on in our wonderful nation, I am beginning to really believe that. Let us examine the proposed debt reduction at Bahamas Power & Light. It is commonly agreed and accepted that Bahamas Power & Light and its corporate predecessor, Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) has been badly run and managed for decades under successive administrations.

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PETER YOUNG: Taking stock of the feeding frenzy on Prince Andrew’s disastrous own goal

“Never complain and never explain” is a mantra said to be favoured by The Queen and has been attributed to the late Queen Mother.

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Islands of the Bahamas Showcase: Liberty Flames take home the title

THE Liberty Flames came into the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase as the tournament favourite and the defending A-Sun champion lived up to their top billing.

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Dukes are Junkanoo Jam champions

THE Duquesne Dukes are your 2019 men’s Junkanoo Jam champions and continue their historic pace start to the season.

New champions in the Bahamas Half Marathon

THE Bahamas Half Marathon produced several new champions in the seventh edition of the event, hosted by Bahamas Roadmasters.

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Police hunt for robbers

POLICE on New Providence are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the men responsible for a robbery and an armed robbery that occurred Sunday.In the first incident, according to reports, shortly after 9am, a woman was walking i

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High percentage of Bahamians ‘tolerant’ of abuse of women

Alarming gender-based violence statistics revealed

The Bahamas ranks third highest for being tolerant of the abuse of women, according to a recent survey conducted throughout the Caribbean.

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Leaving an abusive relationship: Exit plan is vital

Yesterday officially launched the start of the “16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls.”

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Upcoming forum promotes women making ‘money moves’ in 2020

As the world prepares to enter a new decade, the Whole Woman Network is ready to help women acquire the financial tools they need to make 2020 a year of success.

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LIFE LINES: Be more than, not less

Why are we allowing the fashion, cosmetic, advertising and media industries to continue promoting youthfulness, as if that stage of life it is the only one that matters?

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‘Knowing your numbers’ is important for bladder health

November is National Diabetes Month in America. Many urological issues for both men and women are related to undiagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes, including urinary tract infections, kidney stones, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, kidney failure and sexual dysfunction.

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Victims of brain injury given a voice

The National Brain Injury Foundation celebrates launch

Don’t text and drive, don’t drink and drive, wear a helmet, control your hypertension and stress. These statements may all seem like such cliché directives – directives which are often ignored until there is a collision or sudden rupture in the brain. And then instantly these cliché statements unfortunately turn into “If only he or she had or had not…”

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Living a full life with diabetes

She’s been a diabetic for 21 years, but that hasn’t stopped Petra Haven from enjoying life to the fullest.

US firm's 'holding pattern' after run-in with Customs

A US-based environmental firm working on Abaco’s post-Dorian clean-up yesterday said they were in a “holding pattern” over whether to stay in The Bahamas following a clash with Customs. Karl Dix, a representative for Ceres Environmental Services, to

Monday, November 25

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11252019 EDITION

Monday, 25th November, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Time to show Omar Archer the door

TO jump out of the second floor window of a court room - for whatever reason - is not the act of someone thinking straight.

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Davis: Gov’t has failed to pay $7m in VAT refunds

OPPOSITION leader Philip “Brave” Davis said the government has not been paying legitimate VAT refunds, adding yesterday that it is undermining the compliance level of the tax and “overstating its true performance value”.

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INSIGHT: Numbers don’t lie - we need more than smart technology to turn back crime

AFTER the shared relief at the end of 2018 as the murder count was held to 91 - the lowest in nine years - the Bahamian people had high hopes the tide was turning.

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Tributes paid to Felix Bethel

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell and Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin paid tribute to Felix Bethel, a former professor at the University of The Bahamas and a public servant, who died last week.

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$25m project to outsource Road Traffic Department

A Bahamian-led investor group says its revised $25m proposal to transform the Road Traffic Department and "bring The Bahamas up to international standards" will create 300 new jobs if approved.

Cruise port developer in $100m capital raise

The company charged with transforming Nassau’s cruise port into a world-class destination is quietly seeking to raise $100m from the Bahamian capital markets in a tightly-controlled private offering. Multiple Tribune Business contacts, speaking on c

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BPL ‘making its crisis our crisis’

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) is “making its crisis our crisis” by placing the burden of its $650m refinancing on the backs of consumers, a governance reformer has blasted.

11% booking gap 'rapidly closing'

The Bahamas is “rapidly closing” the 11 percent winter booking gap, a senior tourism executive says, with the country’s main promotion board enjoying a 24 percent rise in website “conversions”. Fred Lounsberry, president of the Nassau/Paradise Islan

Do something new

I was born in a time when elitist education was the order of the day (1970s). Currently, both globally and locally there is a move to increase access to education. There will definitely be a compromise on quality happening in most western educational institutions.

Nesbitt has eight steals in Rebels’ blowout win

VALARIE Nesbitt had the breakout game head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin envisioned when she recruited the junior point guard to the Ole Miss Rebels.

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Donte’s junior career ends with a bang in semi-final

IT wasn’t the final that Donte Armbrister anticipated, but he will put a cap on his junior career with a semi-final appearance in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s hosting of the International Tennis Federation’s Goombay Splash International Tournament.

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I-Elite Sports Academy looks to level playing field

DATA analytics continues to revolutionise the game of baseball and one local organisation seeks to use technology to equalise the playing field for its players in their recruitment process.

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‘Sandman’ 10-0 after first-round stoppage

New opponent, same result as Bahamian heavyweight Amron “Sandman” Sands continues his undefeated streak.

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Gardiner, Miller-Uibo athletes of the year

HE didn’t make the top five for the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Male Athlete of the Year, but Steven Gardiner’s victory in the men’s 400 metres at the IAAF World Championships earned him the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s Athlete of the Year honours.

Food for thought

Roadside vendors do they have Health certificates? An ever increasing group of people just trying to make a dollar, but they are selling food - coconut juice, etc…are they not required to get a Food handlers certificate and display it?

A tax system we can't afford

Your Editorial comment of Thursday, the 21st November, was informative in that it laid out the serious fiscal situation facing Bahamian governments as we continue to grapple with increasingly devastating Atlantic hurricanes.

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PM congratulates son as he opens clinic

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis officially opened the Oxford Women’s Health Centre during a ceremony on Friday.

WORLD VIEW: Blatant, patent and flagrant - the double standards in the OAS

DOUBLE standards have become the new system in the Organization of American States (OAS). This unwholesome development does not portend well for the future of the Organization which is increasingly becoming a rubber stamp for the will of a few governments. It also creates a huge cloud over the bilateral relations of nations within the hemisphere.

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Man stabbed in nightclub

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding a stabbing incident that left one New Providence man in hospital early yesterday morning.

Marine charged with murder given bail

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine charged with murdering his superior at Government House was granted bail on Thursday.

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Brave - we’re heading over a fiscal cliff

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said the country is headed toward a financial crisis and that he is certain it will face a credit downgrade.

Archer back with a new vile rant

A MAN says his family is distraught after Omar Archer, the registrar of contractors in The Bahamas, “falsely claimed” in a viral video that a relative of his committed indecent and illegal acts involving a minor.

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PM: Time to wipe the slate clean

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis supports expunging criminal records of people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana, he said yesterday.

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NYGARD ACCUSED OF SEX ATTACKS: Police probing SIX formal complaints by alleged victims

BAHAMAS police are investigating six allegations of rape made against Canadian fashion tycoon Peter Nygard.

Don't use Mortgage Corp to fund Dorian rebuilding

A former Bahamas Mortgage Corporation chairman has warned against it attempting to finance Hurricane Dorian housing and infrastructure renovations by issuing new bonds.Alex Storr told Tribune Business that the state-owned homes financier already has

Airport targets upgrade in customer experience

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) executives recently met with more than two dozen retail and restaurant tenants in a bid to further improve the experience enjoyed by travelling passengers.The Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) opera

Bahamian law firm in Caribbean's 'top tier'

A Bahamian law firm has entered The Legal 500 Caribbean (2020) rankings as a “Top Tier” operation. Lennox Paton said its number of “recommended lawyers” in the guide has doubled this year from six to 12. It added that it was the only firm in The Bah

Stem cell provider eyeing 'options' following Dorian

Freeport’s pioneering stem cell therapy provider is exploring “lots and lots of options” for its future after Hurricane Dorian’s devastation forced its continuing closure.Dr Vincent Burton, president and chief medical officer for the Okyanos Centre f

Airport moves to counter Thanksgiving congestion

Private pilots and charters are being asked not to fly between 11am to 3pm over the Thanksgiving holiday in a bid to reduce traffic congestion at one-runway Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA). The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD),

Saturday, November 23

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Two men injured in Freeport shooting

Two men in Freeport were shot on Friday night, a senior police official on Grand Bahama reported on Saturday.

Friday, November 22

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Dr Sands condemns death threats to Bishop Simeon Hall

Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands condemned death threats made towards Bishop Simeon Hall, co-chair of the Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana, for his involvement with the group in conducting research on the drug.

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11222019 EDITION

Friday, 22nd November, 2019.

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11222019 WEEKEND

Friday, 22nd November, 2019.

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Swiss man charged with possession of dangerous drugs

A SWISS man was charged in the Magistrate’s court on Friday with possession of 7.4 pounds of dangerous drugs.

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Woman in hospital after shooting

POLICE are investigating the circumstances of a shooting that left a woman in hospital on Thursday night.

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Eight Mile Rock man charged with rape

AN Eight Mile Rock man was charged with rape in the Freeport Magistrate Court on Friday.

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Four Haitian men charged with breach of Immigration Act

FOUR Haitian men were recently charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court for breach of the Immigration Act.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Our brave new world where we can vanish into a screen

When Disney launched its streaming service on November 12, 10 million people signed up the first day, a subscription rush so much faster than expected it caused the system to crash. That hiccup was quickly fixed to the delight of families who could soon settle down and watch Toy Story 4 as many times as they wanted for a monthly fee.

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Police to beef up manpower as holiday season begins

WITH the murder rate now up to 90 for the year, National Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday said the police force will be beefing up manpower in the capital as the holiday season approaches.“We have many police officers out there on the streets

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Rights Bahamas commends PLP on pride support

RIGHTS Bahamas has commended the Progressive Liberal Party and its leader Phillip Davis for “their maturity, open-mindedness and inclusiveness” after the opposition party threw support behind next year’s gay pride event. In a statement, RB said the

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A COMIC'S VIEW: My heart is truly broken as I remember The Big Cup

YESTERDAY was one of the hardest days of my life. Shortly after 11.0am I received the call I was dreading.

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Defence Force officers arrest man with huge haul of stolen goods

DEFENCE force officers arrested a man with boxes of suspected stolen items during a routine patrol of the Marsh Harbour dock on Wednesday night.

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Sports Awards tonight at Atlantis

THE fifth edition of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s Sports Awards Night is all set for tonight in the Crown Ballroom of the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.

‘Walk In Paradise’

ATLANTIS, Paradise Island, in conjunction with the local Sister Sister Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group is set to host “Walk In Paradise 2019” at 8:30am on Saturday.

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Govt sells PHA short by millions

The government’s failure to fund Cabinet-approved spending increases has consistently left the public healthcare system facing “significant budget shortfalls” amounting to annual eight-figure sums. Documents obtained by Tribune Business reveal how t

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GB airport re-open awaits US approval

Grand Bahama International Airport missed the November 15 target date to re-open to international flights because it is still waiting for US regulatory approval, a Cabinet minister confirmed yesterday. Senator Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for G

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'Put everything in the mix' on Dorian fall-out

The Bahamas must explore the removal of protectionist barriers to growth if it is to overcome its bleakest-ever fiscal position, a former finance minister urged yesterday.James Smith, also an ex-Central Bank governor, told Tribune Business this natio

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Lucayan chair 'assured' of mid-December sale close

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday said he had been “assured” the resort’s sale, and associated harbour project, will be sealed by mid-December, adding: “I think we’re finally getting to the end.” Michael Scott, pictured , told Tribune Business

Service and conduct awards

NEARLY 100 law enforcement officers were awarded medals yesterday for having long service and being in good conduct within the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services. The ceremony, held at Government House, recognised and honoured some 85 corre

God is faithful

The depth of our love for God is often connected to our personal experiences in time of challenge, adversity, trials and tribulations.

Looking back on a ‘great year’ for Baptist men

In commemoration of his first year in office as the director of the Men’s Department of the Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Rev Stephen Ferguson and his team hosted a successful ‘Men’s Week of Service’ to round out a year of special events.

Where are the ungrateful lepers?

God has been so good to all of us here in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and has blessed us with so much. We are an independent nation whose dollar is pegged to the US dollar on a one-to-one basis, and with a robust, salient economy that is the unequivocal envy of the Caribbean; living in a democratic country that holds an election every fives that always go smoothly. Not worrying about anarchy and mutiny from dissidents.

Crushing – God’s method of quality control

Before we get into our sharing today, I want us to begin with a verse of scripture.

BFM explores strategies to reach the youth

Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) is exploring different avenues to improve the relationship between the church as an institution and the country’s youth, and looking at ways of teaching religion leaders how to bring the younger generation back into the fold.

Meditation: A heart of thanksgiving

While our neighbours to the north celebrate Thanksgiving, we continue to have harvest thoughts as well, so that it all speaks to us of being grateful.

Overwhelming hypocrisy

Statistically around 1 1/2% to 2% of the world’s population is homosexual and/or bisexual.

Taking risks helps progress

According to former US president Franklin D Roosevelt, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little”.

Kindness is a two-way street

“And, Mr Speaker, I just want to give an update…There are many Bahamians who believe that we are collecting billions and billions of dollars.

Woman driver dies in three-car smash

A WOMAN died after her car was involved in a three-car crash in the Nassau Village area on Wednesday night.

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THE PRESS BOX: Can Cowboys pull off upset against Patriots?

THE hot click bait this week is whether my Dallas Cowboys can shock the world and hand the Patriots their second loss of the year, and second loss in three games. RUN DAK RUN The Cowboys can win if they allow Dak to use his legs as well as his arm.

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Bahamas Youth Flag Football

WITH over 100 children playing in season four of the Bahamas Youth Flag Football League, the league is experiencing its best season to date.The games, played on the exterior fields of the original Thomas A Robinson Stadium every Saturday starting at

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Knowles-Tener reaches career high marks so far this season

RONDRE Knowles-Tener struggled for playing time over the first two years of his collegiate career but the junior defensive tackle has developed into an elite pass rusher with several career high marks this season. He finished with a team leading and

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One arrest after another three armed robberies

POLICE arrested one man moments after he knocked a woman to the ground and stole her purse and are looking for the suspects behind two other armed robberies and an attempted robbery. The incidents all occurred on New Providence on Wednesday. In the

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Donte Armbrister stays alive in Goombay Splash

Donte Armbrister, showing a lot of resilience and shaking off a slight left shoulder injury after losing the first set, managed to stave off elimination by coming from behind to pull off a hard-fought, three-set victory over Shu Matsuoka of Japan. W

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Junior tennis players shine in the Winterbotham Series

THE final tournament of the 2019 IC Winterbotham Junior Series was held at the YMCA courts in Freeport this past weekend. While the weather was chilly, the Grand Bahama Tennis Association’s hospitality and atmosphere were warm and spirited. Many of

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Undefeated 'Sandman': 'Someone is getting their first loss'

PREPPED for his final fight of the year this weekend, Amron Sands has plans for major career developments in 2020 thanks to further progression with DiBella Entertainment.“We are closing out the year strong with this fight and hopefully going for fir

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BNT pleased to see threat of big fines

Bahamas National Trust has applauded the government for presenting a package of environment bills in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, calling them some of “the most significant environmental legislation” to date.Offenders can be fined up to $30m a

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UB Mingoes top Great Whites 73-62, stay undefeated in NPBA

FIVE University of the Bahamas men’s basketball players posted double figures as the Mingoes defeated the BIBT Great Whites 73-62 and remained undefeated in the New Providence Basketball Association.Robert Joseph dropped 17 points with five rebounds

Ferguson and Bearcats to face the Temple Owls on Saturday

CHRIS Ferguson and the Cincinnati Bearcats are faced with the most important segment of their schedule with an opportunity to earn a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game. Cincinnati, ranked No.19 in the College Football Playoff Rankings and No.17 in t

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Shane Gibson trial due to resume today

THE Shane Gibson bribery trial is expected to resume today after a couple of days of legal submissions in the absence of a jury.

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Hospital computer firm insists - we did our job

The US company selected to deliver the “crashed” $18m Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) contract yesterday appeared confused about its client’s identity as it defended its performance.

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Trio held on immigration conspiracy

TWO women and one man accused of a litany of fraud charges were arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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‘Worst fiscal shape we’ve ever been in’

OPPOSITION spokesman for finance Chester Cooper estimates that the government may be $400 million below its revenue targets this year.

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‘Living or dead, give me my son’ – Desperate missing Marvin’s family hire private detectives

NEARLY a year after Marvin Pratt went missing, his mother Barbara Saunders is more restless than ever. “Some nights I still can’t sleep, so I just try to keep going,” the 61-year-old said yesterday.

Chamber director backs unions groups' merger

A private sector labour specialist yesterday backed the proposed merger between The Bahamas’ two trade union bodies on the basis that it will be “better for workers” and end previous in-fighting.Peter Goudie, The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Emplo

IAN FERGUSON: A retiring strategy you can bank on

Many employees are making the mistake of taking too long to prepare for retirement. After working diligently for more than 30 years you should set yourself up financially for your “golden years”. The last 12 months before you call an end to your care

LETTER: How to solve govt's GB airport quandary

Dear Editor , I imagine the government is in a major quandary over Grand Bahama International Airport. The quandary is not whether the $70m needed for a new terminal has to be spent, but by whom. As I have explained, Freeport has no viability if

Thursday, November 21

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11212019 EDITION

Thursday, 21st November, 2019.

EDITORIAL: We can’t rely on the wheel of fortune to build our future

IN the flood of overseas assistance which poured into The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian we expect few of us will have noticed one of the biggest individual contributions made towards disaster relief.

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STATESIDE: Remember the tortoise and the hare - Biden could still win this race

You’re watching the presidential impeachment hearings in Washington DC, aren’t you?

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More migrants are bidding to escape the turmoil and terror in Haiti

OFFICIALS of the International Organisation for Migration have confirmed that there has been an increase of immigrants leaving Haiti to escape the recent turmoil.The Associated Press reported this week that more than 40 people have been killed and do

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Ballooning deficit means govt needs to borrow $507m

THE deficit for the fiscal year has ballooned to $677.5 million because of Hurricane Dorian, prompting the government’s plans to borrow $507.9 million to meet the shortfall. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said in the Ho

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UB to set up new climate change research centre

THE University of the Bahamas has announced the creation of its new Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre, which will produce research on climate change impacts on small island developing states. During a press conference held at

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'Not grim' despite $1.3bn debt surge

The deputy prime minister yesterday disagreed that The Bahamas faces a "grim" economic and fiscal outlook even though government debt is forecast to increase by $1.3bn over the next five years.

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Aliv IPO goal for 2022-2023

The government is targeting the 2022-2023 fiscal year to exit its 51.75 percent majority ownership in Aliv and raise “at least” $73m, it was revealed yesterday.The 2019 Fiscal Strategy Report, released yesterday, disclosed that the government’s dispo

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Past govts 'negligent' on $160m BTC pension hole

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) unions yesterday slammed the “negligence” of previous administrations for creating a near-$160m pension hole that taxpayers must now plug. Ricardo Thompson, pictured , the Bahamas Communications and Pub

Fears Bahamas 'on edge of abject failure'

Fiscal watchdogs yesterday voiced alarm that The Bahamas is “on the precipice of abject failure” based on the sharp post-Dorian hikes in the government’s annual fiscal deficits and national debt.Rick Lowe, an executive with the Nassau Institute think

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Govt in $100m 'provision' over BOB's bail-out

The government yesterday revealed it has taken a $100m “provision” in anticipation of the Bank of the Bahamas bail-out vehicle recovering just 40 percent of the toxic loan sums transferred to it.The Fiscal Strategy Report 2019, tabled in the House of

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Polluters could be hit with $30m fines

ENVIRONMENTAL offenders can be fined up to $30m and jailed up to 10 years when the Environmental Planning and Protection Bill is passed into law.

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Hield fined $25,000 by NBA for kicking ball into stands

NEW YORK (AP) — Sacramento guard Buddy Hield has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for kicking the ball into the stands following the Kings’ victory over Boston.

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Bay Street Mile winners soak up spotlight with Miller-Uibo

OLYMPIC gold medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo presents trophies to the age group winners of the Bahamas Coaches Association’s Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile.

We will be at Junkanoo, says leader of new group

THE leader of a newly formed Junkanoo group is insisting that his group will not be stopped from participating in the upcoming Junkanoo parade, despite its membership application being rejected by officials for late submission.“We don’t care who say

Colleagues pitch in to help out ill officer with his gardening

THE warrant officers and senior rates (WOSR) of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force recently came together to lend a helping hand to one of its own on November 16. Coordinated by the executive team of the WOSR mess, the marines went to the home of Chief

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Training for residents to take on social challenges

HUNDREDS of New Providence residents, over the last several weeks, have been sharpening their skills in mediating challenges involving gender-based violence, sexual assault, conflict resolution and parenting. In an effort to equip more Bahamians wit

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Plastics ban needs buy-in from public

EXUMA and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper said the government’s upcoming ban on single-use plastics is being implemented too soon.

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Gunman shoots dead ‘humble muslim’

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident that left one man dead and another man in hospital on Tuesday night.

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Bridgewater making moves in France

IT has been a seamless transition to the professional level for Dominick Bridgewater in France and, with a promising start to his second season in the under-21 ranks, appears ready for the call up to the A roster. Bridgewater has been dominating the

Clarke, Bain and Armbrister advance in Goombay Splash

The top Bahamian players in both the men’s and women’s singles draw of the ITF Goombay Splash Bowl each advanced in dominant fashion, highlighting play from Bahamian players on day three.Sydney Clarke, Jacobi Bain and Donte Armbrister are all through

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Gibson, Gray and Huskies top Roker and X-Men

ANOTHER matchup of Bahamian players in Canada’s U Sports basketball produced several career high performances and close finishes. Qyemah Gibson, Sebastian Gray and the St Mary’s Huskies defeated Azaro Roker and the St Francis Xavier X-Men in a home-

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Chisholm and Fox named to 40-man roster

A PAIR of top Bahamian prospects eligible for Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 Draft were named to the 40-man rosters of their respective clubs retaining their rights and protecting them from the draft. The Miami Marlins added and protected Jazz Chish

Simple breach of contract

Millions lost in computer fiasco - hasn’t the good Minister an appreciation of simple breach of contract of the provider?

We need some optimism

As I examine the history of the Bahamas I notice a shift from determinate optimism to indeterminate pessimism.

An example of how not to talk to the boss

I wish every school-age child of The Bahamas would get a copy of the November 19 edition of The Tribune in order to read the front page article about the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union (BTCU) and its ongoing disagreement with Transport Minister Renward Wells.

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Tourism moves to boost cruise ship crew spend

The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s cruise and maritime department has introduced an initiative designed to increase onshore spending by visiting cruise ship staff and crew.

ART OF GRAPHIX: The sky is the limit with Adobe Cloud

Ever wondered what Adobe programs do? Adobe creates a lot of programs that most people are familiar with, such as Flash, Photoshop and Adobe Reader, but those are not the only ones it develops. In the past, a fairly large investment was needed to buy

Govt targets $418m SOE exposure slash

The government is targeting a 56.8 percent reduction in loans it has guaranteed on behalf of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) over the next four years, cutting this sum by $418.2m. The 2019 Fiscal Strategy Report, tabled in the House of Assembly yeste

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Airport plans for 90,000 Thanksgiving travellers

Key Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) stakeholders will meet this week to finalise plans for ensuring 90,000 travellers enjoy a smooth customer experience over the Thanksgiving weekend. These passenger volumes are projected to move throug

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Cruise line unveils ‘Black Friday’ offer

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the provider of two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island and Nassau, has announced a Black Friday offer to help drive increased bookings and revenue.

Wednesday, November 20

Bahamas Youth Flag Football

WITH over 100 children playing in season four of the Bahamas Youth Flag Football League, the league is experiencing its best season to date.The games, played on the exterior fields of the original Thomas A Robinson Stadium every Saturday starting at

$3.6m deal to improve urgent care at hospital

A CONTRACT worth $3.6m was signed yesterday at Princess Margaret Hospital in an effort to reform and improve urgent and emergency care in New Providence. Speaking to reporters during a press conference, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said the Urg

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11202019 EDITION

Wednesday, 20th November, 2019.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Finding time to look back, see what worked and plan ahead

As the end of the calendar year approaches, it is important to take time for self-reflection and self-assessment, especially for those who use the Gregorian calendar for setting goals and try to commit to new year’s resolutions.

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Dames confirms claims of mistreatment will not be brushed aside

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames suggested yesterday that his ministry would not brush allegations of mistreatment against Haitian migrants in the wake of Hurricane Dorian aside. His comments to reporters came days after an international watc

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Two bodies found as official toll reaches 69

POLICE in Abaco have recovered two bodies in the Mudd, bringing the official death toll from Hurricane Dorian to 69. In a statement, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said one body was found on November 8 and the other on November 14.

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Dominican poachers fined for 3,000 pounds of fish

THE 17 Dominican poachers caught plundering Bahamian waters of nearly 3,000 pounds of fisheries last week were fined for their actions yesterday afternoon. Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt fined the 17 poachers $23,000 in total for raiding the

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Cash urges vigilance after spate of armed robberies

AFTER a spate of recent armed robberies in the capital, Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash of the Central Detective Unit urged residents and business owners to be vigilant and to take all necessary precautions to remain safe as the Christmas season ap

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Data deal critical to $88m PMH deficit

The “crashed” healthcare data contract was critical to cutting Princess Margaret Hospital’s $88m income deficit, which exists despite patient days being five times’ higher than in other Caribbean nations.

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'We could sign tomorrow' with $100m airport offers

A senior official yesterday said the government “could sign tomorrow” with multiple offers as it seeks to raise $100m for the overhaul of four prominent Family Island airports.Algernon Cargill, director of aviation, told Tribune Business that financi

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Tourism to 'close gap' over 11% booking fall

The Bahamas is “focused on closing the gap” created by a ten to 11 percent fall-off in the forward visitor bookings pace for the key 2019-2020 winter season, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism and

Flight Services recommendation goes to minister

The government-appointed evaluation committee was yesterday said to have submitted its “recommendations” on the Nassau Flight Services (NFS) privatisation to the responsible minister. Algernon Cargill, director of aviation, declined to be drawn on w

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Local institutions to participate in BPL bond issue

Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) chairman yesterday confirmed that local institutional investors will be able to participate in the utility’s upcoming mammoth $650m bond refinancing.

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Come on down, Canada

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation delegates lead by Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar as well as numerous industry partners took media outlets and tour operators in Canada on a whirlwind tour of the Islands of the Bahamas, solidifying the messaging of the Bahamas being a viable destination for the Canadian tourists, despite the impact of Hurricane Dorian

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‘Alrae had suffered head injury’

THE father of one of two men who died mysteriously in an Italian river claims one of the men had a blow to the head.

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Stampers knock off the Breezes High Flyers 91-87

THE Triple K Stampers knocked off the defending division II champions Breezes High Flyers 91-87 to highlight Saturday’s NPBA action at the AF Adderley Gymnasium.

NPBA: Shockers hold off Abaco, Pirates top Eagles Nest

IN a high scoring game on Monday night at the AF Adderley Gymnasium, the JD’s Seafood Shockers held off the Abaco Strong 103-99 in the NPBA men’s division one feature contest. The division II opener saw the Asphalt Maintenance Pirates secure an 89-8

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Bahamas Professional Golf Tour Showdown on November 22

THE race has heated up and golfers are fine tuning their clubs as they enter the second to last round of an exciting 2019 Bahamas Professional Golf Tour (BPGT) Signature Series. The BPGT Signature Golf Classics is in its second year.The showdown will

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First Masquerade Race Weekend to show support for Dorian victims

IN an effort to assist themselves and show some support for the victims of Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations will hold its first Masquerade Race Weekend.It’s scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, and will inc

Brathwaite and Hoyte are City Bowling MVPS

THE most valuable player in the City Bowling League competition on Monday night was Ken Brathwaite of the Telco Enterprises with a 623 high three-game series. The runner-up was Lee Davis of the Tenback Strikers-Lee’s Motor Works with a 243 high ga

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Neale Jones, Tony Aranha win top prize at BHTA's Annual Golf Tourney

THE Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association held its 21st Annual Golf Tournament at the prestigious Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar on Sunday, November 17. The tournament supports BHTA’s workforce development programmes and scholarships for students w

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Goombay Splash: Jacobi Bain wins opening match

Jacobi Bain held off Canadian Andreas Petsalis to win his boys’ opening singles match in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s Goombay Splash Junior Tennis Tournament at the National Tennis Centre. As one of the two Bahamians playing in singles on d

Time to dispense with military side of police

Is it long overdue to change the military posture of the Royal Bahamas Police to a pure appearance of a civil Police Force?

Cut us some slack, please

The nation is in a treadmill sort of mode, in my view. This statement is not to generate a sense of anxiety but one designed, deliberately, to bring to the forefront those issues of public policy and initiatives which directly impact the quality of life and well being of tens of thousands of ordinary Bahamians, if there are any of them left.

Don't talk about crime – you will never win

If I held either the position of Minister for National Security or Commissioner of Police I would be exceptionally careful when and if I made public comments on crime…you never win.

Marijuana Commission 'will not be influenced by PM's comments'

THE prime minister’s recent comments supporting decriminalising possession of small amounts of marijuana and making the substance legal for medicinal and/or scientific purposes will not influence the Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana’s report

Jobs corps training plan offers free courses

THE Citizens Security and Justice Programme has officially started, enrollment to its Job Corps training initiative that offers free courses for young Bahamians in up to four disciplines. With the sessions set to begin in the first quarter of 2020,

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Nygard tries to dodge jail term

LAWYERS for Canadian tycoon Peter Nygard filed an urgent application on Monday to appeal Justice Ruth Bowe-Darville’s decision last Friday to jail the fashion designer for 90 days and fine him.

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Potter’s Cay security to rise after sex attack

TRANSPORT Minister Renward Wells says officials are looking to boost security at Potter’s Cay after a woman was assaulted there.

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Crown wraps up its case against Gibson

THE Crown closed its case yesterday against former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson over allegations he demanded more than $300,000 from local businessman Jonathan Ash to ensure the contractor would be paid for hurricane cleanup efforts.

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11192019 EDITION

Tuesday, 19th November, 2019.

Sexual assault still the most reported crime on cruise ships

ALLEGED sexual assault remains the most reported criminal activity on cruise ships, according to international statistics. Data released in the United States under the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA), shows there were a total of 46 rep

Brewery shrugs off Dorian devastation

Commonwealth Brewery is “cautiously optimistic” on the economy’s short-term prospects after it rebounded quickly from Dorian’s destruction of five retail outlets and a distribution centre.The BISX-listed Kalik manufacturer, unveiling its results for

GB businesses awarded grants

Several Grand Bahama businesses have received grants from the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) and the Prime Minister’s Office. Those involved are either existing, looking to expand or start-up, and will be located across the island.The recip

Tourism: Dorian loss is 'unprecedented'

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) yesterday said Hurricane Dorian had inflicted an “unprecedented economic loss” on Abaco, and the island will take time to recover.The Association, in a brief statement to Tribune Business on behalf of

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Tourism on 'critical' Canadian mission

The Ministry of Tourism has been joined by private sector partners on an “absolutely critical” tour of major Canadian cities that aims to boost visitor numbers in Hurricane Dorian’s wake. “Following Hurricane Dorian, we felt that it was absolutely c

Tuesday, November 19

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'PLP's bond plan would not have meant higher prices'

OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis said the Progressive Liberal Party’s rate reduction bond plan would not have resulted in increased electricity costs for most customers. Customers are bracing for an extra charge as Bahamas Power and Light moves to ref

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Feeding 5,000 families

IN an effort to fight hunger in the country, AML Foods Limited has launched its fourth annual “Feed 5,000 Families” give back initiative, which will help provide meals to families in need during the holidays.During a press conference held at Solomon’

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FACE TO FACE: Rich with the stories of life remembered - and Elaine’s only 97

I recently came face to face with a remarkable woman. Not because she‘s super rich. Not because she’s super talented. Not because she’s a genius. The usual reasons that people make indelible marks on others didn’t apply here.

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Port eyeing $4m-$6m 'one-stop shop' spend

The Nassau Container Port’s operator yesterday said it plans to make a $4m-$6m investment to complete its “one-stop shop” model after the government approved its 15-acre expansion. Dion Bethell, Arawak Port Development Company’s (APD) president and

'No business as usual' with Dorian rebuild

A leading engineer yesterday warned it cannot be “business as usual” with post-Dorian recovery because the damage to The Bahamas’ housing stock is “staggering and overwhelming”. Quentin Knowles, the Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) president, told

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J S Johnson in 170% claims rise through Dorian

J S Johnson yesterday revealed that a 170 percent spike in net claims incurred due to Hurricane Dorian has slashed its net income for the first nine months of 2019 by 26 percent. The BISX-listed broker and agent, also unveiling its third quarter fin

Family Island visitor interest 'skyrockets'

Visitor interest in Family Island vacations has “skyrocketed” since mid-October, it was revealed yesterday, with hotel room nights sold forecast to beat prior year in nearly every month through April 2020.Kerry Fountain, the Bahamas Out Island Promot

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Missing pilot's brother calls for higher aviation standards

THE brother of missing pilot Byron Ferguson wants stronger aviation standards to be implemented as a result of the family’s legal battle.On November 8, 2018, Mr Ferguson’s aircraft plunged into waters off Nirvana Beach. A portion of the aircraft was

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Lowering the prostate cancer risk

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has registered that 200 Bahamian men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018, and that number is likely underestimated, as several Bahamian men seek prostate cancer screening and treatment abroad and they are often not captured in local statistics. WHO data showed that 249 men died of cancer in the Bahamas in 2018 and 80 of those men died of prostate cancer.

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‘Buddy Buckets’ season high 35 points in win over Celtics

ON October 31, the Sacramento Kings left the court at the Golden 1 Center under a chorus of boos as they surrendered a 14-point, second-half lead to the Charlotte Hornets and fell to 0-5.

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'Stamping Out Hunger' this Christmas for families in need

The Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Centennial continued to do its part in addressing needs of the less fortunate by hosting their third annual “Stamp Out Hunger” initiative.After launching on World Food Day during the 2017/18 Rotary year, a team

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Royals and Rattlers earn basketball titles

The DW Davis Royals came from behind and blew out the Queen’s College Comets to repeat as the junior boys’ champions, while the CI Gibson Rattlers had to hold off a late surge by the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins to earn the intermediate boys’ title.

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UB Mingoes lose back-to-back games

THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes men’s basketball team (pictured) was on the verge of winning both games at the Edward Waters College Thanksgiving Classic but just could not seal the deal.The Mingoes lost to Florida National Friday 110-102 and t

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'Your Health is Your Wealth'

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force demonstrated excellence in fitness at the Bahamas Law Enforcement Cooperative Credit Union Fun Run and Walk competition on Saturday. In the runners’ segment, Lieutenant Commander Derrick Ferguson placed first in the u

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Tennis ace Kevin Major Jr wins Boca Lago Prize Money Tourney

KEVIN Major Jr continues his superior play on the Men’s Open Florida Circuit this weekend. Kevin won the Boca Lago Prize Money Tournament adding to his record 49 wins and one loss. In the final, Major, playing as the number one seed, defeated No.6 s

Bahamian players shine in NCAA D1 Basketball

STEPHEN F Austin’s Nathan Bain was featured ESPN Sportscenter’s Top 10 while Sammy Hunter and Valerie Nesbitt had their best games thus far with their respective Ole Miss programmes to highlight the weekend of play for Bahamians at the NCAA Division

Godfrey Rolle helps the Bearcats win home opener

GODFREY Rolle got the first start of his senior season with the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats and helped the team to win its home opener. Rolle finished with 15 points, shot 6-9 from the field, including 3-4 from three-point range of a 95-70

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International spotlight on 'skin care from paradise'

She may have started out small in a small country, but Indira Weech has seen her skin care products make an impact far beyond these Bahamian shores after being highlighted on ABC's "Good Morning America".

'Know Your Numbers': Bahamas' biggest diabetes expo seeks to save lives

With more than 35,000 Bahamians living with diabetes and many more who may be considered pre-diabetic, it is extremely important that members of the public “know their numbers” as it relates to blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.These number

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Benefits of playing sports for adults

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. Obesity is a serious hHealth 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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Miss Bahamas Teenager makes pageant history in Mexico

Seventeen-year-old Amani Stuart has done what many Bahamian beauty queens can only dream of: placing in the top three of an international pageant.The reigning Miss Bahamas Teenager won not only the judges’ hearts, but also the admiration of her fello

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Jonquel scores 26 points, grabs 16 rebounds in win

JONQUEL Jones continues to be a major asset to the Bosnia and Herzegovina women’s national basketball team and led the side to their second consecutive win in the current window of FIBA EuroBasket 2021 qualification. Jones recorded 26 points and 16

Always a flooding issue

FISH Hole Road/Causeway has for years been an issue from flooding…spend $8-10 million surely problems solved? Not even with the rains and high tide, no tropical storm or hurricane Saturday the Police had to close the new $10m replacement causeway as it was unsafe.

Biting the hand that feeds

Franklin Graham is the son of the legendary Billy Graham -- a man who has preached the gospel to more people in person than anyone in church history. He is also the president and CEO of the humanitarian organisation, Samaritan’s Purse, which was founded in 1970 by the late Bob Pierce.

My home is now a liability

Please allow a tax paying Bahamian citizen a space within your news outlet to voice a few concerns. With a heavy and frustrated heart, I write to you with regards to the home I have purchased through the Ministry of Housing within the last housing exercise. This home that I have counted as an asset has over the few short years become a liability.

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PETER YOUNG: Edging closer by the day to disaster in Hong Kong

As so often, the US media has been obsessed recently with domestic affairs to such an extent that, until this last weekend, foreign issues like the continuing serious civil unrest in Hong Kong have been receiving little coverage.

New disaster relief fund aims to raise $100,000

A NEW disaster relief fund announced yesterday will focus on areas hit hardest by Hurricane Dorian, in order to drive relief and recovery efforts on the ground in Sweetings Cay, Grand Bahama. The fund is being formed through a partnership between Gl

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Police arrest three after shots fired

POLICE arrested three men who shot at them and led them them on a car chase in Yellow Elder Gardens on Sunday night. A man is also in hospital after he was found in the area with a gunshot wound, police said. Police said swift action by officers le

Fire onboard captured craft

FIREFIGHTERS from the police department were called to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base late on Sunday night to assist in extinguishing a fire onboard a captured craft. The isolated fire was discovered by RBDF marines. They attempted to extingui

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Armed robbery at gas station

POLICE are searching for the armed man who robbed a gas station in east New Providence on Sunday night. Shortly after 10pm Sunday, an armed man entered the gas station on Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles Drive, held a cashier up and robbed the estab

BCB disappointed as staff hold 'sick out'

THE Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas said disappointed employees engaged in a sick out last week, less than 24 hours after a meeting was held explaining actions to be taken to address the workers’ concerns. The workers’ complaints centre on c

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Senator: 'No apologies' for deal's wasted $7m

The Opposition's health spokesman yesterday said it "makes no apologies" for handing an $18m contract to a vendor threatened with "far-reaching consequences" by the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).

Taxi union threatens stoppage

THE Bahamas Taxi Cab Union is threatening to withdraw services this holiday season if Transport Minister Renward Wells does not meet with them soon to disclose the government’s plans for the sector on the issue of taxi plates.

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Open verdict in cement mixer death

A JURY could not decide whether a man’s death from having his legs mangled in a cement mixer last year was an accident or otherwise.

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Abuse claims ‘will be examined’

IMMIGRATION Minister Elsworth Johnson said officials will investigate any documented allegations of abuse towards Haitian migrants.

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Dominican poachers beg court for mercy

NEARLY 20 Dominican poachers admitted yesterday to plundering Bahamian waters of nearly 3,000 pounds worth of fisheries last week.

Poultry producer: Give us land to fund Dorian rebuild

A major Abaco poultry producer yesterday urged the government to grant it ownership of its property so that this can be used as security to obtain Dorian reconstruction financing. Lance Pinder, Abaco Big Bird Poultry’s chief executive, told Tribune

Abaco Chamber chief fears NGO departures

Abaco’s Chamber of Commerce president yesterday voiced fears that the imminent departure of non-governmental organisations (NGO) will leave a vacuum in post-Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Ken Hutton told Tribune Business “the biggest concern” for

British Airways in Nassau expansion

British Airways yesterday said increasing the frequency of its Nassau to London service from four to five weekly flights with effect from April 2020 should boost visitor arrivals from the UK. Flights to Heathrow Airport will leave on Monday, Tuesday

Monday, November 18

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11182019 EDITION

Monday, 18th November, 2019.

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11182019 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Monday, 18th November, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Once again, PLP figures don’t add up

EXACTLY a week ago The Tribune revealed that Dutch authorities were investigating possible corruption involving the purchase of $150 million worth of ships for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

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WORLD VIEW: Don’t believe the story we’ve been fed - there was a coup d’état in Bolivia

CALLED by any other name, there was a coup d’état in Bolivia on November 10. To be clear, an elected president and the government were forcibly removed from office. The term in office of Evo Morales, as President of Bolivia, does not expire until January 21, 2020.

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INSIGHT: Rubbing salt in the wounds - BPL is playing a risky game

There has to be somebody else in the country pinching themselves to see if they’re living in the real world after BPL announced its plans to introduce a rate reduction bond and deemed the Bahamian people as its financiers.

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INSIGHT: Rebuilding homes is easy, putting lives back together is the biggest challenge

Hurricane Dorian has been nothing short of apocalyptic for many survivors who escaped the Category 5 hurricane’s fury over Abaco and Grand Bahama. While it is possible rebuilding the infrastructure of these islands could run into the billions, a greater cost is the rebuilding the lives of the survivors.

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Tourists arrested after drugs found in separate incidents

SEVEN male tourists — six Canadians and one American — were arrested in two separate incidents after they were found in possession of drugs.

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PM outlines immigration challenges

IN a meeting with European Commissioner responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis outlined challenges this country faces from illegal migrants.

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Our Dutch ships deal was transparent, says Christie

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie said he is unaware of any impropriety or irregularity related to his administration’s acquisition of nine Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels from a Dutch group.

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Dorian leaves 3,000 homes ‘uninhabitable’

Hurricane Dorian left almost 3,000 homes “uninhabitable”, a newly-released report has revealed, as it inflicted $1.487bn worth of damage on the housing sector in Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Arawak port beats profit target by 23%

The Nassau Container Port’s (NCP) operator has beaten its first quarter profit target by 23 percent despite forecasting that full-year net income will be $763,155 less than it achieved in 2019.

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Private sector sees $1bn Dorian blow

The Bahamian economy’s productive sectors have suffered a combined $621m damages from Hurricane Dorian, a newly-released report has revealed, with tourism sustaining a half a billion dollar blow.

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PM gives backing for legal marijuana

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis says he favours decriminalising possession of small amounts of marijuana and making the substance legal for medicinal and/or scientific purposes.

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Strachan and Eagles earn 34-26 victory over West Liberty

MIKE Strachan continues his streak of standout performances for the Charleston Golden Eagles and capped off an historic regular season in the finale.

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Albury and Buffaloes win title after double overtime thriller

WITH very little chance to celebrate his first taste of victory as a high school football state champion on Friday night, Deyton Albury was on the court on Saturday making his successful debut as a basketball player for the Sunrise Christian Academy Buffaloes.

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile was a blast

THE Bahamas Coaches Association’s Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile once again attracted a large number of competitors, despite the fact that the Saturday morning early raiser had to finish in the rain.

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Bahamas in 1-1 draw with Bonaire

The winning streak came to an end, but the Bahamas will receive promotion to the CONCACAF 2021 Gold Cup Qualifiers.

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‘Buddy’ and the Kings snap Celtics’ 10-game win streak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored a season-high 35 points, Richaun Holmes hit two free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining to give Sacramento the lead, and the Kings snapped the Boston Celtics’ 10-game winning streak with a 100-99 victory yesterday.

Isn't it the same as housbreaking?

Re: An opportunity to pause, think and remember we’re all human, Haitians too. The Tribune, Insight, October 28, 2019.

Pastors who show a lack of leadership

CHRISTIAN Values The importance of the proposed anti-gay protests spoken of by Bahamas Christian Council Delton Fernander should not be understated.

Service was just the thing

KUDOS to Ms Munro and the organisers for a very spectacular Remembrance Day service on Sunday, with live television coverage straight through.

It's time to change

Were it not for the tragic context, it would be difficult not to see the humour in a country so comically backward that its court system can be used to stop the government’s demolition of illegal, substandard shanty towns, only to have them demolished by a Hurricane between hearings, killing hundreds.

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Police probe house fire

POLICE on New Providence are investigating a fire which destroyed a home on Saturday.

Watchdog 'concerned' by repatriation policy

AN international watchdog has expressed concern with the government’s repatriation of Haitian migrants to their home country, as the political situation in Haiti remains “fragile”.

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Harbour Island project boss sues for $1m

A bitter $1m legal battle has erupted between the developer of a controversial Harbour Island marina and its former project manager who has a history of convictions and run-ins with law enforcement.

Fishermen ‘hijacked helping Haitians’

AN Inagua-based fisherman yesterday described the “traumatising” moment that a group of stranded Haitian that he and his two friends were helping allegedly hijacked their boat at knifepoint and forced them to jump overboard to avoid being killed.

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Dorian damages bill soars to $3.4 billion

THE cost of Hurricane Dorian’s impact on the Bahamas is $3.4bn, more than a quarter of the country’s GDP, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Millions lost in computer fiasco: PLP’s failed deal to digitise vital patient records

A FURIOUS legal battle is brewing over an $18m Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) contract that a Cabinet minister admitted has “crashed” and delivered zero value for taxpayers and patients alike.

Outsourcer expands via 30% equity sale

A Caribbean business process outsourcer, which has an operation in Freeport, has sold a collective 30 percent equity stake to two Jamaican private equity firms to help finance further regional expansion.

Bahamas: 90% of diving sector withstood Dorian

The Bahamas delivered the message that 90 percent of its dive industry remains operational post-Dorian when the Ministry of Tourism and private firms attended the sector’s largest trade show.

BTVI exposes students to further opportunities

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has held a college fair to enable students to explore further education opportunities available upon completion of their studies.

Agencies team on cascarilla industry

Government agencies have allocated some $200,000 to hep stimulate the creation of a cascarilla industry in the southern Bahamas using the co-operative model.

‘Shock’ over Freeport retailer closure claims

Executives at a major Freeport hardware store have revealed they were “just as shocked as anyone else” to hear “rumours” of its demise following the hit from Hurricane Dorian.

Saturday, November 16

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Four in custody after man robbed in home

Four men are in police custody after a man was robbed in his Coconut Grove home on Friday night.

Friday, November 15

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11152019 WEEKEND

Friday, 15th November, 2019.

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Teachers salaries ‘being restored’

WEEKS after the government cut the salaries of 75 teachers at Carlton Francis Primary School and CH Reeves Junior High School, education officials said they have started the process of restoring the salaries of those affected teachers.

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11152019 EDITION

Friday, 15th November, 2019.

Leave it to the experts

Your headline on Friday read, “We Won’t Pay” referring to the UB negotiations with the lecturers could well be a headline for the situation with BPL or BEC.

Pandering to new wave of xenophobia

I admire the unwavering patriotism of members and executives of the lobby group Operation Sovereign Bahamas.

EDITORIAL: We need to wake up to Dorian’s warning

The dilemma a small national like The Bahamas faces in tackling the effects of global warning was exposed by the Prime Minister yesterday when he spoke at an international conference in Brussels and called for nations to urgently intensify their response to the looming crisis.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: It’s time we rid The Bahamas of this modern-day vampire

When I read an article in this week’s Tribune, in which Canadian billionaire and fashion magnet Peter Nygard, claimed to be the victim of a ‘conspiracy’ I almost expired from the fit of laughter that over took my entire body.

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RBDF arrests Dominican poachers with huge catch

Dominican poachers who were arrested by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officials and the US Coast Guard this week were carrying some 30,000 pounds of illegally harvested marine products.

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Another 113 Haitians flown back home

MORE than 100 convicted Haitian migrants were repatriated to Port-au-Prince yesterday under a deportation order, according to immigration officials.

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UPDATED: Absent Nygard sentenced to 90 days, fined $150,000

Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard was sentenced to 90 days in prison and fined in the Supreme Court on Friday after being found in contempt of court.

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$30m smart meters will help monitor BPL's bills

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) will invest $30m in rolling-out Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) that it sees as critical to slashing delinquent private sector debts, its chairman revealed yesterday.

Bahamas is 'so far behind curve' on renewable goal

The Bahamas faces a “tall order” to meet the National Energy Policy’s 30 percent renewable energy penetration by 2030 goal because it is “so far behind the curve”, a local provider warned yesterday.Guilden Gilbert, vice-president of Alternative Power

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Union seeking 'seat at table' on CIBC deal

Union leaders have written to the government seeking a “seat at the table” over the approval of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s majority sale to a Colombian-headquartered financial group.Teresa Mortimer, the Bahamas Financial Services Union’s (BFSU) president,

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Follow CIBC lead on BOB, ex-FNM chair tells govt

A prominent Bank of The Bahamas shareholder yesterday urged the government to follow CIBC’s lead and “be more aggressive” in seeking to exit its 82.6 percent majority ownership of the lender. Darron Cash, the former Free National Movement (FNM) chai

Long Island eyed by cruise ships

Long Island is being eyed as “a preferred cruise ship destination” by two operators, its MP revealed yesterday, with vessels set to make four calls in 2020. Adrian Gibson, also executive chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC), told the

Sprint and Hurdle Clinic set for December 27-30

RATHER than host it during the offseason, coach Bernard Rolle has decided to put on his Sprint and Hurdles Clinic just before the start of the season so that the coaches and athletes are better prepared to utilise the knowledge they received.

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Pirates lend a hand in hurricane relief

A MAJOR Division I men’s college basketball programme will use its platform and partner with the Treasure Cay Community Foundation (TCCF) to bring awareness and aid to the Hurricane Dorian relief effort.

BOWLING: Gardiner and Hoyte are MVPS

THE top scorer in the Financial Bowling League competition Wednesday night was Clayton Gardiner of the Leno Corporate Services with a 213 high game and a 590 high three-game series.

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Jones posts double double - 29 points and 16 rebounds

JONQUEL Jones starred for Bosnia and Herzegovina women’s national team and several other Bahamian players posted double doubles to lead their team in their respective leagues across Europe this week.

Fourth annual Best-of-the-Best Regatta all set for December 5-8

THE fourth annual Best of the Best Regatta is all set to take place in Montagu Bay foreshore December 5-8, according to Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources Michael Pintard.

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THE PRESS BOX: Two tournaments in the Bahamas make top 20

THERE are a myriad of early-season tournaments.

CONCACAF Nations League: Bahamas blank BVI 3-0

TEAM Bahamas successfully protected home pitch and won their third consecutive CONCACAF Nations League match.

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Credit card used after Italy deaths

THE father of one of two Bahamian men who died under mysterious circumstances while on a trip to Italy said relatives still have unanswered questions, claiming the credit card of one victim was still in use after his death.

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Cougars are the champions

The Charles W Saunders Cougars, producing an explosive second and fourth inning, routed the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine 11-3 to complete another perfect season to repeat as the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools junior girls’ softball champions.

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Nygard - ‘jail him for nine months’

A SAVE the Bays lawyer argued yesterday that Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard should spend nine months in prison for his latest contempt of court conviction. Justice Ruth Bowe Darville is expected to rule on that today.

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DPP African lawyers can’t work in courts

TWO Africans hired to top positions at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have been denied admission to the Bahamian Bar, preventing them from arguing cases in court.

Coping with betrayal

There are times when we all feel let down or betrayed by others. It normally relates to a violation of trust with someone who is close to us (a relative, spouse, friend, business partner, colleague, et cetera). Perhaps the most referenced act of betrayal in scripture relates to the betrayal of Jesus by the disciple Judas.

Youth told they ‘are not too young or insignificant for God’

With a march to the Church of God of Prophecy in Steventon, Exuma is how celebrations highlighting the achievements of the islands’ youth began last week.

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Smaller countries must work together to combat climate change, says Minnis

VULNERABLE areas in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States must collectively and urgently intensify their response to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told ACP ambassadors yesterday.

Students affected by Dorian get help from IIE

THE Institute of International Education (IIE) is distributing $150,000 in one-time grants to 42 Bahamian students enrolled in higher education institutions in the United States who were affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Ebenezer Union Baptist celebrates 127th anniversary

Rev Stephen Smith and the Ebenezer Union Baptist family in Farmer’s Hill, Exuma celebrated their 127th church anniversary during a special worship service under the theme “Trust God” – from Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Meditation: A bountiful harvest

I am a gardener and enjoy reaping from my own limited efforts. This is a wonderful time of the year. Pots, plots, fields, whatever is helpful according to your time and budget.

Kanye West – False prophet or true believer? Bahamian christians weigh in

He’s someone not many would normally associate with Sunday church services. But over the past year, superstar rapper Kanye West as slowly been building up a following for his church-like gatherings called simply “Sunday Service”. As he prepared for the release of his ninth studio album, “Jesus is King”, Kanye announced last month that he had recently converted to Christianity.

No, we are not a Christian nation

Please, people like Senator Jasmin Turner - Dareus, and all you so-called “Christians”, who suddenly remember to be Christian whenever the issue of the day is homosexuality and the Bahamas’ fledgling LGBTQI community.

Ministry of Tourism officials attend service to give thanks to God

In a recent church service held at St Agnes, staff of the Ministry of Tourism assembled to give thanks as an organisation, just two months into the recovery and rebuilding efforts for Abaco and Grand Bahama post Hurricane Dorian.

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Deyton Albury making a name for himself in Kansas

ALTHOUGH he already made a name for himself here with the Temple Christian Suns, Deyton Albury’s father Michael Albury felt his son could achieve a lot more so he sent him off to Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel-Aire, Kansas to complete his senior year of high school.

Milestone Night: Davis records his first double double as a Maverick

IT was a milestone night for Radshad Davis in his career with the University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks.

Govt 'won't abandon' LI airport upgrade as investors shy away

The government’s top aviation official yesterday pledged it “will not abandon” the planned revamp of Long Island’s Deadman’s Cay airport despite failing to attract private investors to the project. Algernon Cargill, pictured , the Ministry of Touris

Long Island undergoes infrastructure overhaul

A Cabinet minister yesterday updated Long Island residents on multiple infrastructure investments designed to improve the island’s capital stock, economy and resilience against climate change. Desmond Bannister, minister for works, told the Long Isl

Dorian-hit islands seeking $5.7m in business finance

The Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) has received $5.7m in total financing requests from the two Dorian-devastated islands in the storm’s aftermath, a senior advisor said yesterday. Winston Rolle, also a former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce pr

Pirate attraction sails into cruise conference

The Bahamian investors behind the Blackbeard’s Revenge attraction generated significant interest at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) recent 26th annual conference. Blackbeard’s Revenge , a ship that mirrors the design of pirate vess

NIB smart card set for debit upgrade

The National Insurance Board (NIB) is aiming to upgrade its smart card to a “debit card” through a tender process that will be launched shortly, its director said yesterday.Nicola Virgill-Rolle told the Long Island Business Outlook conference that th

Thursday, November 14

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Gibson detective - we made mistakes

THE lead investigator in former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson’s bribery case admitted on Thursday she was wrong to have jointly interviewed a local businessman and a woman to “synchronise” their claims against the former parliamentarian.

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11142019 EDITION

Thursday, 14th November, 2019.

Only basketball has hit the spot with sports fans

Sports Tourism…I am young enough to recall following the 1992 FNM when Tourism brought in a team of UK Consultants for Sports Tourism.

I'd love to holiday in Bahamas – but can't

I have read in the press of USA and Bahamas articles about the need of Bahamas for tourists to come after the hurricane. What I would like to point out is how the government “says” they want tourists but at the same time they don’t let them in.

EDITORIAL: Should we give an ounce of credibility to Nygard’s claims?

“The intended appeal application arises out of a torturous legal battle which has probably contributed considerably to the deforestation of the planet.”

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STATESIDE: Just another year - or was it?

1973 was an interesting year, one that enjoys particular relevance in a number of different ways as we begin to anticipate Christmas and the end of the year of Dorian. Here are some highlights:

ZNS staff in Freeport protest over 'unsafe' working conditions

ZNS employees in Freeport staged a sick-out yesterday to protest “unsafe” working conditions at the office in the Harold DeGregory Complex, which was flooded during Hurricane Dorian. Thirty-five of the public broadcasting company’s 50 employees call

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Govt to enforce law on subleasing license plates

TAXI drivers want the government to stop saying it is illegal to sublease licence plates because doing so prompts panicky plate owners to retrieve their plates from lessees. Transport Minister Renward Wells said on Tuesday that the Minnis administra

Embassy will help develop links with EU, says Minnis

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis officially opened The Bahamas Embassy and Mission to the European Union (EU) yesterday, hailing the move as a way to deepen relations with the EU and strengthen the country’s position in the global economy.The opening

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Teachers turned away as they try to return to work

ATTORNEY for the Bahamas Union of Teachers, Kahlil Parker is calling the Ministry of Education’s redeployment of several Carlton Francis Primary School teachers unlawful. While the Bahamas Union of Teachers was vindicated on Tuesday with a Supreme C

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Family give Miracle a new home

MIRACLE, the dog who was trapped for weeks under hurricane debris in Abaco, has finally found a new home with a family in Florida.

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Shell open to new power plant IPO

Shell North America last night confirmed it is willing to permit Bahamian ownership in part of its New Providence power plant project through what could be this nation’s largest-ever public share offering. A spokesperson for the global energy giant,

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Bahamas' 6.4% bookings drop-off 'pretty remarkable'

A Cabinet minister last night said it was “pretty bloody remarkable” that The Bahamas’ forward bookings for November to January 2020 were only off 6.4 percent given Hurricane Dorian’s impact. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, tol

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Baker's Bay alone a $1bn Dorian loss

Dorian-related insurance losses are “heavily skewed” towards Abaco with one resort development potentially accounting for $800m to $1bn worth of claims by itself. Charles Johnson, a Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) council member, told the annual

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BPL’s $66m bad debt major worry for bond proposal

The $66m in delinquent debt owed to Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) by homeowners and businesses exposes the potential weakness in plans for the utility’s multi-million dollar refinancing.

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Dominican fishermen arrested for poaching

SEVENTEEN Dominican fishermen were apprehended yesterday by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the US Coast Guard for poaching violations in waters near Ragged Island. In a press statement released yesterday, RBDF officials noted that the 76-ft Dom

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BUSINESS BITES: Unlike other half-baked oil projects, I hope this one succeeds - for all our sakes

The phrase “pouring oil on troubled waters” arose when seafarers saw the beneficial effect of pouring a barrel of oil on storm-tossed seas and found the waves were flattened and subdued.

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Marco Archer murder appeal set for March

KOFHE Goodman, convicted of the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer, will have his appeal against that conviction heard on March 18, 2020. The date was set during a status hearing at the Court of Appeal yesterday. Last month, the prosecution withdre

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100 Haitians found hiding in bushes

NEARLY 100 Haitian migrants were apprehended on Tuesday after they were found in bushes along the coastline on Inagua, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force said yesterday. Shortly after 9pm on Tuesday, an Operations Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) helicopter, w

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Comets are champions

One new champion was crowned in the junior boys’ division while the senior girls’ series was extended to a third and deciding game in the BAISS softball final.

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Great Abaco Classic, NCAA showcase all set for Baha Mar

DESPITE the impact of Hurricane Dorian, the partnership between bd Global Sports, the Baha Mar Resort and the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation produced an initiative to relocate a pair of events hosted by the international sports management company.

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Dominick Bridgewater called up to the Byers’ Pro-A roster

DOMINICK Bridgewater continues to progress in the FOS Provence Basketball Byers Club.

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Flooding problems at Fishing Hole Road

THE new bridge causeway at Fishing Hole Road in Grand Bahama was opened to motorists last weekend after flooding during spring tide brought traffic to a standstill for several hours on Saturday. Water at Hawksbill Creek overflowed on to the road pre

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Sorrow for Mother Pratt as son, 55, dies

BAHAMIAN icon Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and her family are mourning the death of her second son. Don Pratt, 55, died on Tuesday morning after developing the flu while on dialysis. Mother Pratt, former deputy prime minister, described him yesterday as

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Royal Caribbean putting $100,000 into Junkanoo's Music Makers

Royal Caribbean International has become the title sponsor for the Music Makers Junkanoo group with a donation of $100,000 recently presented to the group.Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley delivered the news during the opening of the B

PHA helps out baseball kids with first aid

LOCAL juvenile baseball leagues received donations of first aid supplies from the Public Hospitals Authority. Presentations were made to the Freedom Farm Baseball League and the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) on Saturday November 2 by PHA e

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PLP ‘nothing to hide’ on boats probe

THE Progressive Liberal Party emphasised yesterday that no one from the party has been connected to a Netherlands’ probe examining the acquisition of nine Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels in 2014.

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Nygard: I’m victim of massive conspiracy

FASHION billionaire Peter Nygard has alleged a massive international conspiracy carried out by his rival Louis Bacon which involves huge criminal activities including bribing women to make false claims about his private life.

Contractor president slams 'haphazard' Dorian clean-up

The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday slammed “the haphazard way” in which Hurricane Dorian clean-up and reconstruction is being handled. Michael Pratt told the annual Accountants Week seminars: “I have concerns with the t

Bakery to expand via $75k RBC loan

A Bahamian bakery has obtained a $75,000 loan from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) through the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC).Gregory Collie started the Cookie Caterer from his home in 2012. It specialises in homemade, freshly-baked cookies that

Bank staff threatened in Dorian's aftermath

Bank vaults were destroyed and employees threatened by persons desperate to access cash in Hurricane Dorian’s immediate aftermath, the Clearing Banks Association chair revealed yesterday. LaSonya Missick, who is also Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) Bah

Minister in pledge on carbon neutrality

A Cabinet minister yesterday pledged to develop “more resilient communities” and move towards “carbon neutrality” as part of Hurricane Dorian rebuilding and reconstruction efforts. Romauld Ferreira, pictured , minister of the environment and housing

Govt in 'revolutionary' $30m digital overhaul

The $30m project to transform the government’s digital/IT infrastructure was yesterday branded “one of the most revolutionary things that has happened in the country for decades”.Jeffrey Beckles, pictured, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive, t

Wednesday, November 13

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Shane Gibson trial: Officer admits changing Ash’s witness statement

THE lead investigator in former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson’s bribery trial admitted on Wednesday to altering the original statement she took from a local businessman by adding in a pivotal allegation against the former parliamentarian some three months after it was taken and signed.

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11132019 EDITION

Wednesday, 13th November, 2019.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Working with strangers on a group project (and no internet) - what could go wrong?

Group work is one of the most dreaded parts of high school and university for anyone who cares about earning good grades and fair share of input. I remember complaining about group work and how it would affect my grades, emphasizing my preference for being solely responsible for my academic outcomes.

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Ceremony for the people swept away by Dorian

A MEMORIAL wreath was released into the sea at High Rock on Sunday for the missing victims in East Grand Bahama who were swept away by storm surge during Hurricane Dorian. Most of the unaccounted for victims on Grand Bahama were from the High Rock c

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Lewis: Farm Road residents are posing us a challenge

THE Farm Road shanty town in Abaco remains occupied, hindering clean-up efforts in that area, according to Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis. He made the statement when updating reporters outside C

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Storm victims upset by protesters outside gym

SEVERAL storm victims yesterday criticised members of Operation Sovereign Bahamas for their decision to protest against migrants staying at Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, calling the move “disrespectful” and “heartless.”

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Two dead after separate traffic accidents

POLICE are investigating two separate traffic fatalities in Exuma and New Providence that left a man and a woman dead. In the first incident, shortly after 11pm on Monday, three males were travelling in a black Chevrolet Cruz in the capital. Accord

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Sands: No risk from unaccredited pharmacists

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said the public faced no significant risk from people who were employed as pharmacists despite not being educated at an accredited institution. The Pharmacy Council in 2017 refused to renew licences for people who had

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Insolvent adviser meets just 25% of $1m liability

An insolvent Bahamas-based investment advisor has been placed in Supreme Court-supervised liquidation due to its remaining cash balances covering less than 25 percent of its $1m-plus liabilities. Ed Rahming, the newly-appointed liquidator for Pacifi

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BPL’s $650m bond cost ‘hinges’ on credit rating

The cost of Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) $650m refinancing “hinges” on the credit rating it is seeking from international agencies, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

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Top official forecasting jobless rate over 13%

The Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday forecast that the national unemployment rate could surge back to over 13 percent next year due to the economy shrinking from Hurricane Dorian.Marlon Johnson, the acting financial secretary, gave the gr

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Water Corp supplier fears Dorian blow on $16.2m owing

The Water & Sewerage Corporation’s main supplier yesterday voiced concern that Hurricane Dorian has “exacerbated” the Government’s difficulties in paying the $16.2m debt owed to it.

Local insurers in $85m Dorian loss

The Bahamian insurance industry’s share of Hurricane Dorian losses is a collective net $85m, industry regulators revealed yesterday. Jamel Bodie, the Insurance Commission of The Bahamas (ICB) supervision manager, told the Accountants’ Week conferenc

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Tureano 'Reno' Johnson ready to return to ring

AFTER taking a short break here at home and witnessing the effects of Hurricane Dorian, which has hampered his local sponsorship, Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson said he’s refuelled and ready to return to the ring.Golden Boy Promotions, Johnson’s promotional

Pro boxer Williams hoping to close year with bang

HE has only had two fights since turning pro in February, but Rashield Williams is hoping to close out the year with a bang next month. After losing his last fight to Javaune James on March 22 at the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort in Miami, Florida

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Bahamas National Bowling Team Squad Trials set for December 15-19

THE Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF) has announced that from December 15-19, the Bahamas National Bowling Team Squad Trials will be held at Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Palace. The training squad will consist of 24 members (twelve men and twelve

Baby boomers are to blame

As I watched them playing vigorously on the court I listened intently as they teased each other.

Testing the drug waters

Expunging past criminal records for the possession of drugs as put into the public media by ex-Commissioner of Police Farquharson simply is a pre-empted approach to indicate the way the Minnis Government intends to go…Testing the waters.

Watch for the brain drain

LOOKING on the bright side . . .

Fifty years of chicanery

It is not surprising that the country is up in arms about this latest piece of stupidity, coming on the heels of the worst summer ever, in terms of electrical supply.

'Biggest ever' Thanksgiving Jamboree this weekend

THE fourth DW Davis Thanksgiving Jamboree is set to take place this weekend at the DW Davis Gymnasium and according to organiser Mark Hanna, this year’s version is expected to be the biggest ever. The tournament, featuring private and government sch

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Horse show was a blast in Camperdown

THE second horse show of the Equestrian Bahamas 2019-2020 season took place last weekend at Camperdown Equestrian Centre. Saturday’s events included equitation classes at all levels while Sunday’s competition featured the first show of this year’s Ba

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Undefeated Cougars strike first in opener

The Charles W Saunders Cougars scored enough runs early and held off the late surge by the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine to stay undefeated and clinch game one of the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools junior girls’ best-of

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Dutch ship firm kept fees secret

THE Dutch company that supplied nine Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels misrepresented to the Dutch government how much it paid a foreign intermediary that worked on the project.

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Teachers salary win and told - now back to work

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers declared victory yesterday after Justice Bernard Turner ordered that teachers’ docked salaries be restored in full, after a battle with the government due its alleged failure to address working conditions at two public schools.

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I never asked Ash for money. He wanted to give to PLP

FORMER Cabinet minister Shane Gibson denied soliciting thousands of dollars in bribes from a local businessman while under police interrogation, and instead asserted that their conversations were about the alleged bribe payer wanting to make campaign donations.

Bahamas' digital 'DARE' redrafted for fresh look

Legislation to regulate the financial technology (Fintech) and cryptocurrency space is being redrafted and will be released for a second consultation round before year-end, it was revealed yesterday. Christina Rolle, the Securities Commission’s exec

NIB upgrades hailed as 'giant step forward'

The Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive yesterday hailed the National Insurance Board’s (NIB) new employer portal as “a giant step forward that could not be better timed”.Jeffrey Beckles, speaking after NIB presented its new initiative to the priva

Tuesday, November 12

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Sex attackers dump victim in sea

A WOMAN was sexually assaulted, beaten and thrown into waters at Potter’s Cay on Monday morning in a shocking attack, police said.

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11122019 EDITION

Tuesday, 12th November, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Nasty little protests need to be controlled

WE suppose it was only a matter of time before the real ugly face of racism showed itself on our streets.

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FACE TO FACE: I said if I die, I die; but if I live, Lord, I will live for you

Today is a brand new day for Daniella Forbes and her family. Whereas thousands have fled Marsh Harbour, Abaco with no intention of returning, she and her husband believe they are being called by God to return and establish a church there.

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Court hears police officer wanted to ‘iron out’ any ‘ambiguities’

A SENIOR police officer yesterday confirmed that she wanted to clear up the “ambiguities” contained in a businessman’s and a former female suspect’s statements about allegations of bribery against former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson.

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Trio deny charges in connection with huge jewellery theft

TWO customs officers were charged yesterday with stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewellery by reason of employment. A third person, the wife of one of the officers, was charged alongside her husband with receiving the stolen property.

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Parliament 'must get serious' on corruption

The bribery probe involving the Defence Force’s $150m fleet “speaks volumes” about the need for Parliament to take the anti-corruption fight “as seriously as the country”, governance reformers urged yesterday. Matt Aubry, the Organisation for Respon

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Loretta - I knew deal looked fishy – ‘I feel vindicated for asking where money was going’

A former Opposition leader yesterday said the probe into bribery allegations involving the Defence Force’s new $150m fleet had “absolutely vindicated” concerns she first raised five years ago.

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80% of Dorian-hit assets uninsured

Up to 80 percent of private homes and businesses devastated by Hurricane Dorian were uninsured, the deputy prime minister revealed yesterday, creating an unsustainable burden for the state.K Peter Turnquest, opening the annual Accountants Week confer

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GB Power suffers $23m Dorian blow

Hurricane Dorian’s catastrophic winds and storm surge have inflicted a $23m blow on Grand Bahama Power Company, its Canadian owner revealed yesterday. Emera, unveiling its 2019 third quarter results, disclosed that Grand Bahama’s electrical utility

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Aliv: Yields up by 10% in one year

Aliv’s top executive yesterday revealed that per customer revenue yields have increased by ten percent over the past 12 months as the mobile operator moves to “reinvent the store experience”. Damian Blackburn, speaking as the upstart provider celebr

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Gardiner doesn't make cut for Male Athlete of the Year

THE International Amateur Athletic Federation reduced its list of 11 nominees to the final five for the Male Athlete of the Year but, unfortunately, Bahamian Steven Gardiner did not make the cut.Gardiner, the Abaco native who ended the year as the IA

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Alpha hydroxy acids: An ancient beauty secret

The emphasis on achieving beautiful, healthy skin has seemingly never been greater than it is today.

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Hats off to designer whose work captured international media attention

A hat made in the colours of the Bahamian flag by designer Gerty O’Brien stood out in the crowd at the famous Kentucky Derby in May this year, drawing the attention of an NBC reporter who quizzed the wearer about its origins.Next to the actual horse

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Paul Greene named tournament MVP as J Addison claim Pinky Lewis Invitational title

PAUL Greene continues to excel at the prep basketball level in Canada with an MVP in his latest tournament appearance. J Addison School captured The Pinky Lewis Invitational championship title and Greene was named tournament MVP after he averaged 21

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IC Rod Laver North American Junior Challenge rocks National Tennis Centre

THE Bahamas, Mexico, the United States and Barbados competed at the National Tennis Centre in the IC Rod Laver North American Junior Challenge over the weekend. Team Bahamas consisted of Gabrielle Simms, Peyton Anderson, Jacobi Bain and Denali Notta

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Help develop our future champions: Sports and fitness for kids

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 link between prostate and breast cancer

What does prostate cancer have in common with breast cancer?The answer is the BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutations. The BRCA 1 and 2 genes were first discovered in 1994.BRCA stands for Breast Cancer associated gene. Women with the inherited BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 g

Lashann Higgs scores 17 in Longhorns' 64-57 loss to Bulls

LASHANN Higgs returned to her role as the top scorer for the Texas Longhorns, but the team suffered an upset loss in the season opener. Higgs scored 17 points but the No.15 ranked Longhorns suffered a 64-57 loss to the South Florida Bulls. She shot

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LIFE LINES: Achieving genuine happiness

From time to time we are asked if we are happy and I wonder how many of us can genuinely state that we are authentically happy?Society, corporations and the media send us messages and myths about to how to achieve this state, assuring us that if we b

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Carrying on Mama Jo's 'tuck shop' legacy

Those among us grew up “back in the day” may remember visiting a convenience store or “tuck shop”, as Bahamians would say, every day on the way home from school to purchase sweetened ice cups.After school, these tuck shops would be places where frien

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Mingoes pound Defenders 93-66

FOUR UB Mingoes players scored double digits to lead the team to the 93-66 pounding on the Fort Charlotte Defenders in UB’s homecoming game in NPBA action Friday night.Kemsey Sylvestre led the Mingoes with 17 points and 11 rebounds to go along with 4

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Comets slow down Big Red Machine

In the midst of a pitcher’s duel and defensive battle, third baseman Sebastian Walcott cracked the game-winning run on a solo home run to help lift the pennant winning Queen’s College Comets to a 2-1 win over the defending champions St Augustine’s Co

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Mom at the end of her rope needs to raise $70,000 for son's hospital bill

THE parents of 10-year-old Tarique Miller, who suffers from a rare skin condition, are asking for the public’s assistance in satisfying a $70,000 medical bill from a US hospital that treated the youngster during the Summer after a severe swelling att

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College students urged to get tested for HIV

As someone who has lost a family member to the deadly AIDS virus, a student of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) spoke about how important it is for college students to know their status.“It’s important for college students to kno

Why not pay schools by results?

No one in his/her right mind could or should blame the Hon. Minister of Education, Jeffrey Lloyd (FNM-South Beach) for the dismal state of the educational plant in The Bahamas today and the terrible national grades. This phenomenon has come about due to any number of factors. With your leave, Editor, allow me to flesh out one or two of them.

Talking at the wheel

Didn’t we ban the use of cellphones when driving? Not any difference from what I see but then you never see a police vehicle let alone a traffic cop except for their once a month licence check. Suggest that law was all PR.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: We owe our freedom to those who served

At this time of year it is a pleasant duty to write about Remembrance Day on November 11 and to note that interest in honouring the casualties of war has not waned over the years.

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Lanisha pays out in pin fiasco

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle has paid back the government for the commemorative pins bearing her image that were handed out at a Youth Parliament event.

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Three left orphaned as gunman opens fire

POLICE in New Providence are investigating the circumstances of a shooting that left a man dead yesterday.

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‘No place here for prejudice’

ACTING Prime Minister Peter Turnquest says that there is no need for vitriol and prejudice towards undocumented immigrants, as he stressed the government’s responsibility to enforce the country’s immigration laws.

BOB 'open for partners' as profits decline 75%

Bank of The Bahamas (BoB) is open to strategic partnerships, the deputy prime minister said yesterday, as the institution suffered a 75.2 percent profits decline for its 2020 financial year’s first quarter. Speaking outside the Accountants Week conf

Accountants chief: We can help in a disaster

The Bahamas must create a “pre-disaster planning council” involving multiple government agencies following Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) president said yesterday. Diveane Bowe, speaking during the annual Acc

Monday, November 11

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11112019 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Monday, 11th November, 2019.

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11112019 EDITION

Monday, 11th November, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Did we pay too much to Damen? And where did the money go?

WHEN in 2013, then Minister of National Security announced the signing of the letter of intent to buy nine new vessels, he proclaimed it “the single largest investment to date in the Defence Force’s history”.

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INSIGHT: Why girls must find a passion and pursue it

Girl Con 2019 took “the unconventional path” this year holding its annual mentoring conference for girls onboard the Carnival Glory, where 250 high school girls heard from the first woman president of Carnival Cruise Line Christine Duffy.

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Professors 'lose faith' in Smith

UNIVERSITY of The Bahamas professors have moved to petition the institution’s board over its expired industrial agreement, having “lost faith” in the university president’s “ability” to conclude negotiations.The University of Tertiary Educators (UTEB

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WORLD VIEW: Harvard’s moral debt to those who were locked in slavery

WHY does Harvard University in the United States have a moral obligation to provide some form of compensation to Antigua and Barbuda, a small Caribbean island state? The answer is simple: natural justice demands it.

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INSIGHT: There comes a time when enough is enough and better examples must be set for women in politics

This week, we took a journey into the realm of oddity – led by our friendly tour guide, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle. The general consensus by most citizens who would have taken a gander at the commemorative medals awarded to youth parliamentarians - which on one side depicted the coat of arms, and on the other side contained a picture of the minister herself – was that this must have been a terrible joke.

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Angry hotel unions raise strike threat

Hotel workers were yesterday warned it would be “absolute madness” to further damage a tourism industry already “reeling” from Hurricane Dorian with industrial action during the peak winter season.

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Union chief moves strike certificate to 'my front pocket'

The hotel union’s president is moving his strike vote certificate “within easy reach”, while warning the minister of labour that “he may not have a Christmas vacation this year”. Darrin Woods, head of The Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers U

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Man dies after shooting off Carmichael Road

A man died after he was shot off Carmichael Road early on Monday.

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Probe into Defence Force vessels deal: Bahamas $150m contract caught in Dutch inquiry

THE Netherlands is investigating alleged bribery involving the Christie administration’s acquisition of nine defence force vessels in 2014 and has been receiving co-operation from local officials for its investigation since June of last year.

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Judges uphold 50-year sentence for murder

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed a man’s appeal of his 50-year sentence for murdering a Cash for Gold employee during the course of an armed robbery in Grand Bahama six years ago. Appellate justices Jon Isaacs, Stella Crane-Scott and Milton Evans u

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‘Sonny Boy’ Memorial: Boxing fans get their money’s worth

The Bahamas Amateur Boxing Federation’s four-country showdown in the first Wellington ‘Sonny Boy’ Rahming Memorial Amateur Boxing Show didn’t come off as planned, but the fans got their money’s worth with the five bouts staged.

Excellent work from the science community

“…Wonderful..” “…Great!..” Were only two of the superlatives used to describe the fulfillment of the decision by the Government to sign the contract to relocate and build the bridge in Staniard Creek, Andros. It was indeed “…. Wonderful...” and “…Great…” to witness the advance of an event many others and I have so long desired.

Bad sign of the times

I am appalled by the proliferation of large signs on the sides of most of the major streets in New Providence. These signs, which are mostly on Government property, advertise everything from beverage to Games of Chance.

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First Baha Mar Cup brings out the stars

AS part of the first Baha Mar Cup, Bahamian legendary tennis player Mark Knowles was joined by Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas, James Blake and Bob Bryan to put on a spectacular display of tennis during an exhibit

SPORTS NOTES

THE Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools is slated to begin its best-of-three softball championship series today, but instead of playing at Freedom Farm, they will use the various high school home fields.• Here

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Rain hampers GSSSA annual Cross Country Championships

THEY had a change in venue, but the competition was just as keenly contested this time around as the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association hosted its annual Cross Country Championships outside of the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium. Sat

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40 detained as police swoop across New Providence

Two men are in custody after a series of attempted robberies - including an attempted raid which left a security guard injured on Friday. They were two in a series of arrests, with up to 40 people detained over the weekend as officers executed search

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58 Haitians found packed onto small vessel

Police Marine Officers intercepted a Haitian vessel on Friday with 58 Haitian nationals on board. The officers were on patrol in the Exuma Cays when they discovered the boat. The vessel and those on board - 52 males and six females - were turned ove

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Waltiea Rolle takes time out to meet 'Mother' Pratt

AS she gets prepared to be honoured by the Bahamas Hoopfest, the Bahamas’ first player to participate in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Waltiea Rolle took the time out to meet Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt, the first female to serve as a

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Hundreds remember Palal Cooper

Hundreds turned out to mourn the passing of well-known businessman Christopher Samuel “Palal” Cooper, who was remembered as a kind and selfless individual who was always there for his family, friends and employees. Hy died in a traffic accident on O

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Customers warned: No more slack on BPL bills

Servicing Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) $650m refinancing will end the “buddy-buddy system” that has enabled delinquent electricity payers to evade disconnection, a union leader is warning.

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Colombian CIBC sale goes ahead

The deputy prime minister has voiced optimism that CIBC’s sale of majority control in its Bahamian and regional affiliate will be “positive” given the buyer’s reputation for innovation.

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Mourning goes on for lost pilot

HIS pilot’s uniform was wrapped in a frame that sat in front of the church, a reminder that he loved flying and died after a crash a year ago this month.Byron Ferguson went missing on November 8, 2018.

Fledgling brewery is SBDC's highest raise

A fledgling brewery has received $300,000 in financing through the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), making it the latter’s highest-funded client to-date.Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Bahamas has provided 2 B Investments Ltd with $211,000, or al

Making Bahamians the guests, not the workers

Caribbean Nobel Laureate, the late Derek Walcott, had very strong and emotive opinions against modern-day tourism. While his personal convictions bemoaned the industry in some respects, there is an unheralded kind of tourism here in The Bahamas - one

Yachting group comes to Bahamas' assistance

Yachting enthusiasts have moved to aid Hurricane Dorian relief efforts by employing eight private yachts to provide help to Abaco and Grand Bahama. YachtAid Global (YAG) is a non-profit organisation (NGO) dedicated to undertaking conservation, human

Bahamians lead talks at compliance summit

Bahamian panelists focused on disruptive risks to the financial services industry, and how to manage change through strategic communications and compliance leadership, at a regional conference.Attending the 13th annual Caribbean Regional Compliance A

Bahamas-based family office in Fintech move

A Bahamas-based multi-family office has entered the Fintech (financial technology) space through the November 1 launch of its digital finance platform.Holt Financial, which is based in Albany’s Financial Centre, said in a statement that the new facil

GB water supplier sets out post-Dorian strategy

Grand Bahama’s water supplier is seeking out new fresh reserves and aiming to revive an old wellfield after virtually all its existing sources were compromised by Hurricane Dorian’s storm surge. The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBUC), in a

Sunday, November 10

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Two dead after traffic accidents

Police are investigating two fatalities after traffic accidents on New Providence and Eleuthera over the weekend.

Saturday, November 9

Vessel intercepted with 58 Haitian nationals on board

Police Marine Officers intercepted a Haitian vessel on Friday with 58 Haitian nationals on board.

Friday, November 8

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Friday, 8th November, 2019.

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Woman facing fake cheques charges remanded to prison

A 21-year-old woman was ordered to be remanded to prison on Friday accused of being caught with over $8,000 worth of fake bank cheques drawn on a local cable provider's account.

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Kwasi Thompson: Dorian a life-changing experience

SENATOR Kwasi Thompson said going through Hurricane Dorian was “a life-changing experience” for him and many in Grand Bahama and Abaco, which were left devastated in the wake of the monster storm.

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Five held after drugs found

FIVE men were taken into police custody in two separate incidents in connection with drug discoveries Thursday, the largest of these a more than $70,000 drug find.

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BPL releases load shedding schedule

A DAY after consumers criticised Bahamas Power and Light over its announcement of an additional charge to monthly bills, the power provider released an extensive load shedding schedule for dozens of homes and businesses in New Providence.

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Dr Sands: Plans to repair health care facilities in Abaco

WITH full remediation of the Rand Memorial Hospital expected to be completed by next year, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said the government has already made plans to repair health care facilities in Abaco, which also suffered significant damage during Hurricane Dorian.

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PM to open embassy in Brussels

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will leave the country for Brussels, Belgium Monday to officially open the Embassy of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Mission to the European Union.

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Ministry in talks with PAHO over medical data management

THE Ministry of Health is currently in talks with Pan American Health Organisation to strengthen data management in primary healthcare clinics throughout The Bahamas, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

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'Exceptional Bahamian' Calsey Johnson laid to rest

A STATE recognised funeral was held Friday for the late Calsey Johnson, former senator, veteran broadcaster and diplomat.

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$9.6m contract signed for new bridge in North Andros

STANIARD CREEK, Andros – The Ministry of Works and Bahamas Marine Construction have signed a $9.6 million contract for the construction of a new bridge that will improve travel between mainland Andros and the settlement of Staniard Creek and provide greater protection for marine life in North Andros.

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PM opens Berry Islands Community Centre

Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands – Prime Minister Hubert Minnis officially opened The Berry Islands Community Centre and participated in the Ambulance Dedication at Bullocks Harbour, Great Harbour Cay, on Friday. The facility previously sat unfinished for many years, but a new partnership between Carlton Bowleg, MP and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines resulted in the completion of the Centre, which will double as a Hurricane Shelter.

EDITORIAL: No love from the public for BPL’s plan

If BPL wondered how their proposed additional charge to the monthly electric bill would go down, the Bahamian people have given them a swift answer.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Time for a revolution in our thinking and our schools

One of the brightest men I know was engaged in a conversation with another friend and myself on the subject of education when he remembered a quote, grabbed his phone and found the words he was looking for. It was a quote by Einstein on genius and how the misuse of teaching thwarts potential.

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Nine fined for entering illegally or overstaying

NINE Haitians were collectively fined more than $4,000 by a senior magistrate yesterday for either illegally entering or overstaying their time in The Bahamas. Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes fined Sonson Pierre, Wilmonde Fils-Aime, Altema Dor

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Let’s hope Lanisha can take a joke

THIS week another chapter in the lackluster, yet controversial political career of the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture and Sea Breeze MP Lanisha Rolle was written. And boy did it leave tongues wagging.

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Haitian pair deny passport fraud

TWO Haitian men yesterday denied allegations that they hoodwinked their government into giving them Haitian passports, which police claim they both used in a bid to gain legal status in The Bahamas. John Doe aka “Ricardo Phillips”, and Joel Ceus aka

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Ardastra gives endangered species helping hand

AN endangered species is getting a new chance at survival thanks to the birth of two new baby hutias at Ardastra Gardens zoo.

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Walk For The Cure is ready for the off

IT may have been delayed because of Hurricane Dorian – but this year the Walk For The Cure returns for its eighth year.

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Two bodies found as people get back to work in Abaco

CLEAN-UP crews working to move debris in The Mudd have revealed how they have found two bodies and at least one firearm. Forty-two Abaconians have been able to get back to work thanks to the clean-up operation after Hurricane Dorian. Bahamas Striping

Lawyer: GB needs a functioning airport

A Grand Bahama attorney is concerned that the island would not be able to support any significant sustainable investment projects or developments “without a properly functioning airport”. In a press statement, lawyer K Brian Hanna said: “I do not se

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Junkanoo fans just want to have fun

JUNKANOO groups rushed on Bay Street last night in an event billed as a rebuke of Youth, Sports & Culture Minister Lanisha Rolle.

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Rebel Chipman dismisses new bill as 'no change'

INDEPENDENT member of parliament for Centreville Reece Chipman yesterday criticised the Minnis administration’s new Disaster Authority Bill, saying it is a “no change” bill and a “no FNM” bill. The statement read: “The Minnis administration continue

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Insurers: Dorian losses increase to $1.5bn-$2bn

Estimates for Hurricane Dorian’s total insured losses were yesterday said to have increased to between $1.5bn to $2bn as the entire Bahamian industry was removed from international “review”. Anton Saunders, RoyalStar Assurance’s managing director, t

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Ex-GBPA attorney tells govt: Buy GB harbour and airport

An ex-Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) attorney yesterday urged the government to buy Freeport Harbour Company as well as the island’s airport to prevent “an enormous drain” on the Treasury.

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Minister: BPL must not ‘burden’ prompt payers

A Cabinet minister yesterday pledged that Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) will clamp down on delinquent bill payers so that compliant customers are not penalised in servicing its $650m refinancing.

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BTC owner: Abaco 'a humanitarian disaster'

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) owner is eyeing fixed wireless solutions to reduce construction costs associated with rebuilding network infrastructure in Abaco post-Dorian. Balan Nair, Liberty Latin America’s (LiLAC) chief executive,

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Pharmacists lose licence renew bid

Twelve pharmacists have seen their bid for an injunction to force the industry’s self-regulatory body to renew their licences rejected by a Court of Appeal judge. Appeal justice Roy Jones turned down their application on the grounds that the Bahamas

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CIBC First Caribbean CEO assures staff over new partner

COLETTE Delaney, CEO of CIBC FirstCaribbean, assured employees Friday that the bank remains committed to them as a new partner assumes majority ownership of the bank.

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‘It’s time to quit, Lanisha’

THE Progressive Liberal Party has accused Minister Lanisha Rolle of “abuse of power”, insisting her recent conduct warranted resignation or dismissal.

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WE WON’T PAY: University rejects lecturers’ 11th hour $3,500 wage claim

THE Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas is demanding a lump sum payout of $3,500 and a salary increase of seven percent for all of its faculty members - a new proposal the University of The Bahamas said yesterday it was not prepared to fulfil.

Bahamas Against Crime Launches Anti-Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking of Children Week with ecumenical service

Each citizen has a role to play in the country’s child protection efforts, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development Frankie A Campbell told an audience attending the National Ecumenical Church Service that launched Bahamas Against Crime’s Anti-Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking of Children Week of activities.

Abundant Life Bible Church celebrates 40 years with a concert of “great vision”

The music ministry at the Abundant Life Bible Church is carrying on its long and illustrious legacy as it hosts a special 40th anniversary concert this Sunday.

A tribute to a cultural icon

This Friday, the Bahamas Harvest Church is hosting Keysha Edwards Taylor for her “Piano Works” concert as a tribute to the memory of her late mother, Bahamian cultural icon Kayla Lockhart Edwards.

Crushing Part II: Balance in Brokenness

This journey through TD Jakes’ “Crushing” is certainly giving us more than enough food for thought. In countless ways it is taking me back to many of the more painful experiences of my life, causing me to reevaluate; looking at them in a different light. Where I saw devastation, I now see a road, taking me in the direction God meant for me to go. So many plans have been changed – old dreams, desires and expectations shifted for new ones.

Meditation – Creating a masterpiece

Some people have innate creative gifts. They are born with the ability to make beautiful things with their hands, and need only be provided with objects and opportunity in order to reveal what is already inside. A toy like Lego is excellent in this regard.

The undershepherd

The role of pastor is such an important and integral part within any church. The pastor has many ministerial responsibilities when it comes to his congregation.

God’s Peace

There is absolutely nothing that compares with the joy, comfort and confidence that one experiences when one is walking daily with Jesus. Here I am referring to a spiritual walk of course. The Apostle Paul refers to the experience as “the peace of God which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) Jesus tells us in John 14:27 (KJV): “My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Christian women urged to deepen their relationship with God

To experience the fullness of joy and passion in any relationship requires mutual love, respect, consistent communication and lots of time spent together.

Amateur Boxing Federation to host its first 'Sonny Boy' Rahming Memorial Championships

THE Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas will host its first Wellington ‘Sonny Boy’ Rahming Memorial Boxing Championships this weekend.The event, featuring teams from the Cayman Islands, Haiti and the United States against the Bahamas, will get s

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THE PRESS BOX: In the NFL, it's the battle of wounded knee in the Big 'D'

DALLAS Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper underwent an MRI on his injured knee Wednesday and missed practice yesterday, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also added that the MRI was precautionary

Bahamian players clash in Canada U Sports Basketball

CANADA’s U Sports Basketball season opened with several matchups between Bahamian players with their respective programmes.Jordan Wilson and Shamar Burrows are in their second year with the Dalhousie Tigers, the No.2 ranked team in the country. Dalho

Bahamas Bowl in its 6th year

WE are going on the sixth year of the Bahamas Bowl. For those that only pay attention to the New Year’s Six, the Bahamas Bowl has been held in Nassau, Bahamas towards the end of December each year since its inception in 2014. The first game was an

Survival by any means

The British parliament voted to delay the Brexit deal and require Boris Johnson, the prime minister, to ask for a three months delay. Mr Johnson sent an unsigned letter asking for an extension of the deadline, but he sent a signed letter that states that to delay would be detrimental. Both the European Union(EU) and Mr Johnson are fighting for their political survival.

Calsey's excellence

Calsey Johnson, journalist par excellent dies at 82 years old.

Catch and release is inhumane

We have had an illegal Haitian problem for decades. During the 1940’s to the early 1960’s the emerging Bahama Islands, now the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, required massive foreign labourers (usually of Haitian background) for the agriculture industries principally in the Abacos, Eleuthera and parts of Grand Bahama. Theses islands, historically, have been inundated ever since with illegal and legal Haitian migrants and immigrants.

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VICTIM IS ‘SERIOUS BUT STABLE’ AFTER SHOOTING

POLICE are hunting for a gunman after a man was injured in a shooting on Wednesday afternoon.

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Tennis legend Mark Knowles excited over first Baha Mar Cup

BAHAMIAN legendary tennis player Mark Knowles said he’s excited about the way things are shaping up for the first Baha Mar Cup.

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Top jet skiers in world face off at Atlantis today

The top jet ski riders in the world are set for a busy and exciting weekend in Nassau Harbour for the next three days at the P1 Aqua Cross (branded Aqua X) Racing World Championships.

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Carnival to help fund Rand rebuild

THE Ministry of Health and The Public Hospitals Authority signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with Carnival Corporation & PLC to support the restoration of the Rand Memorial Hospital following Hurricane Dorian.

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Customers anger over BPL new levy

ELECTRICITY consumers criticised Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) after the company announced an additional charge will be added to their monthly bills.

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Checks ordered on debris field fires

MINISTER of Works Desmond Bannister said yesterday investigations are being carried out into the debris fires in Abaco, after it was reported large mounds of debris were being “intentionally” set on fire in areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Brewery pledges Abaco rebuilding

The Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company has integrated all Abaco staff into its Nassau operations while it rebuilds a retail outlet that was reduced to a shell by Hurricane Dorian.“Abaco holds a special place in my heart. The people, the land, and

IAN FERGUSON: Reaping rewards from mentorship

Mentorship is not a new term in our corporate environment. For centuries we have had formal and informal mentors teaching, training and preparing the next generation of leaders. Mentorship is typically defined as the relationship in which a more expe

Abaco resort set to re-open with 'splash'

A boutique Abaco resort is planning for a full November 16 re-opening that will be followed by a “splash” for New Year as it bids to make a quick rebound from Hurricane Dorian’s devastation.Tom Hazel, the Abaco Inn’s general manager, told Tribune Bus

Thursday, November 7

Lockhart and Hoyte are financial MVPs

THE top scorer on Wednesday night in the Financial Bowling League was Sonith Lockhart of the BTC Night Hawks with a 638 high three-game series. The runner-up was Charles ‘CQ’ Johnson of the Moonlight Strikers with a 244 high game and a 624-secon

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EDITORIAL: BPL is walking a fine line with new charge

Who’s going to pay to fix the long history of mismanagement of electricity in The Bahamas? Here’s a clue – your bills are going to have an extra charge on them.

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STATESIDE: Dates in history which still echo in the halls of power

It has been a week of political anniversaries in the US and this coming Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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35 years for attempting to murder three men

ACTING Supreme Court Chief Justice Estelle Gray-Evans yesterday sentenced Doyle Mackey to 35 years in prison for the attempted murders of three men at a cemetery in East Grand Bahama three years ago.The judge noted that Mackey - who admitted to being

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We're doing our best to work out how many still missing - Minnis

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said it is very difficult for government to give an exact count of those missing since Hurricane Dorian devastated Abaco and Grand Bahama, telling Parliament last night “we are doing our best”. According to the Killar

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Abaco to get VAT relief immediately

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced the drafting of an order to immediately make Abaco a value added tax-free zone.The order, when enforced, would override government’s previously announced start date of December 1.However, the change will

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Operator error blamed for BPL pier fire

INVESTIGATORS found that operator error caused a fire at Bahamas Power & Light’s Clifton Pier Power Station last year.

'No evidence of corruption in Junkanoo'

THE Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence said it found no “definitive or provable evidence that corruption took place” at the 2018/2019 Boxing Day and New Year’s Day parades, saying the person at the centre of the controversy stonewalled investigat

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Consumers told to brace for ‘adjustment’ to BPL bills

Electricity consumers were yesterday told to brace for an "adjustment" to their bills via an extra charge as Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) confirmed plans for its mammoth $650m-plus refinancing.

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Politicians ignoring 'powder puff' growth

Politicians are reluctant to tackle The Bahamas’ consumer debt woes for fear of undermining much of the spending fuelling the economy’s “powder puff” growth, a well-known developer said yesterday.Sir Franklyn Wilson, pictured, the Arawak Homes chairm

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Oil explorer: 'All the tools we will need'

A Bahamas-based oil explorer yesterday said it now has “all the tools we need” to drill an exploratory well within the 2020 year-end target set by the government, its top executive said yesterday.Simon Potter, the Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) ch

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Health model revamp in $100m Dorian rebuilding

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the public health system’s $100m post-Dorian rebuild will likely create a “more efficient model” on the impacted islands, adding: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Trib

Port owners will 'act for Freeport' on airport offer

The two Grand Bahama International Airport shareholders are engaged in high-level talks over the government’s desire to acquire the asset from them, it was revealed last night.Ian Rolle, the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) president, confirmed t

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Raptors stop ‘Buddy’ and Kings 124-120

THE win streak stopped at two for Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings on the second game of their East Coast road trip.

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McCuin and Rebels win NCAA season opener

The 2019-20 NCAA Division I basketball season tipped off Tuesday night and Bahamians were figured prominently for their respective programmes both on the sidelines and on the floor in various conferences across the United States.

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33rd Conchman Triathlon was a success in Freeport

FREEPORT, Bahamas — Months of planning culminated in a day of friendly, but fierce competition as organisers and participants of the 33rd annual Conchman Triathlon swam, biked and ran their way to the finish line.

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‘Sandman’ to square off ‘The Nigerian Hurricane’

WHEN Amron ‘Sandman’ Sands steps back into the ring, the bout will be a heavyweight matchup between two former basketball players now turned boxers with undefeated streaks on the line.

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Bahamas Hoopfest to honour Waltiea Rolle

ANOTHER event is set to be added to the list of NCAA Division I basketball tournaments hosted in the Bahamas during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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‘WE DIDN’T MURDER BREANNA, THEA DID’: Alleged killers blame friend for fatal attack

A janitor and her friend both told police they did not know teenage mother Breanna Mackey was being stabbed to death by their other friend until it was too late, jurors heard yesterday.

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Lanisha told - pick up the bill

MINISTER Lanisha Rolle must pay back the government for commemorative pins bearing her image handed out at a Youth Parliament event.

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Fears raised over fires in Dorian’s debris fields

A LOCAL human rights watchdog has warned about large mounds of debris reportedly being “intentionally” set on fire in areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian - warning that if bodies are being burned amid the debris it would be “unforgivable”.

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New home offers hope to Ranfurly youngsters

A HOME has been opened giving children who have been in care at the Ranfurly Home for Children a chance to adjust as they make the transition to living alone.

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Bodybuilder death trial lined up for next month

A 44-year-old woman is expected to stand trial next month over allegations she murdered her 70-year-old bodybuilder boyfriend. Tracey Pratt, of Miller’s Heights, will stand trial before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson on December 2 over Paul Melbourne’

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Bahamasair on alert over 737

BAHAMASAIR has been alerted to check a Boeing 737 in its fleet after the Federal Aviation Authority alerted airlines worldwide of the possibility of cracks between the wing and the fuselage.

This is no time to be intimidated

Using my deductive reasoning skills after years of reading The Nassau Guardian columnist who goes by the nom de plume Front Porch, I have concluded that the main writer is an educated feminist who is possibly a lesbian.

Activists unhappy as 112 Haitian are flown home

As the government yesterday deported more than 100 Haitians to Port-au-Prince, activists have accused it of “spitting in the face” of the international community. The Department of Immigration said a Bahamasair flight departed Lynden Pindling Intern

Carnival executives in return visit to GB

Carnival Cruise Line’s president and other executives yesterday met with minister of state for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, during a visit to the island. Following the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Dorian, Carnival donated much-needed

Bahamians can handle Abaco debris clean-up

Bahamian companies have the necessary equipment and capacity to handle the massive clean-up of Abaco’s Dorian debris, a local contractor involved in the effort is arguing. Atario Mitchell, president of Caribbean Pavement Solutions (CPS), said: “For

Creative village gains $93k venture funding

A village of Bahamian businesses offering cultural experiences for visitors has secured a $93,000 equity investment through the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC). iDiscover, which offers experiences including three chefs, 10 farmers and 16 cr

ART OF GRAPHIX: The flowering of creativity

It is often said that not all gifts are created equal, which is something that design trendsetter, Machelle Brown, can attest to. This designer is often referred to as a “cut above the rest” in her field, as she produces impressive designs throughout

Abaco's instant VAT free 'fantastic news'

The Abaco Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday hailed as “fantastic news” the Prime Minister’s decision to make the island immediately VAT free, but warned that questions remain. Ken Hutton queried whether Nassau-based businesses would be place

DPM in regional talks on disaster resilience

Disaster resilience and sustainable growth were the focus of a Caribbean summit attended by the deputy prime minister this week.K Peter Turnquest particicipated in the ninth annual Caribbean Forum on Regional transformation for inclusive and sustaina

Colina raises policy reserves by $20.2m

Colina Holdings Bahamas (CHBL) yesterday unveiled a $20.2m increase in reserves to cover future policyholder payouts in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.The rise, likely undertaken in anticipation of increased benefits claims, occurred as the BISX-listed

Wednesday, November 6

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Wednesday, 6th November, 2019.

EDITORIAL: One half of the equation

There is a familiar story many Bahamians have heard.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Warped opinions driven by a flawed system that sets people apart

What is the value of a human life? How do we decide who deserves what? This is often a part of national conversations, though not explicitly stated.

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Turnquest defends new customs system after user complaints

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest has defended the new Click2Clear system after a series of complaints by users. People had criticised the Customs system for not being user friendly or functioning efficiently. On Monday, scores of customers were

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Davis blasts Bethel over Smith trial expenses

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said Attorney General Carl Bethel’s refusal to disclose expenses from the Frank Smith bribery trial is inexcusable. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is appealing Mr Smith’s acquittal on bribery

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Govt considering buying GB International Airport

GOVERNMENT is mulling over purchasing the Grand Bahama International Airport from owners Hutchinson Port Holdings, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday. According to Mr D’Aguilar, who has responsibility for airports in the country, Hut

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Lloyd: Public doesn't understand exam results

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd has said the public “doesn’t seem to understand” how examination results are graded - in response to criticism over this year’s poor national results.

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We are close to a deal, insists University of the Bahamas

UNIVERSITY of The Bahamas officials yesterday denied claims made by the president of the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas over delayed negotiations for the workers’ expired industrial agreement, insisting that there have been ongoing attempts to finalise the agreement with lecturers.

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Judge yet to rule on docking teachers’ wages

A Supreme Court judge is mulling over whether to order the government to stop cutting the salaries of teachers the Ministry of Education is embroiled in a dispute with over its alleged failure to resolve ongoing issues at two public schools.

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BTC suffers $30m blow from Dorian

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has been dealt a $30m blow by Hurricane Dorian with network repairs set to last into 2020, it was revealed last night.

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Nassau/PI hotels enjoying a 25% revenue boost

Large Nassau/Paradise Island hotels enjoyed a 25 percent “revenue boost” for the first nine months of 2019 as Hurricane Dorian only had minimal impact on its September performance. The Central Bank of The Bahamas, unveiling its report on economic de

Govt urged: Get GB airport deal closed 'before too late'

A top Freeport hotelier yesterday warned the government it has little time to acquire Grand Bahama International Airport “before it’s too late” to swiftly rebuild the island’s tourism product.Magnus Alnebeck, Pelican Bay’s general manager, told Tribu

Union's 'red flag' over CIBC buyer

The Bahamas Financial Services Union’s (BFSU) president yesterday voiced concerns about an early “red flag” that has been raised over CIBC FirstCaribbean’s proposed purchaser. Theresa Mortimer told Tribune Business that initial checks with Colombian

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Oil explorer gains near certainty on well funds

An oil explorer yesterday said it has achieved near-certainty over the financing of its first Bahamas exploratory well after its latest $11.4m fund raising raise beat the target by 60 percent.Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC), in a statement to the mar

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Convict facing 40 years for attempted murder of three

A Crown Prosecutor is seeking 40 years’ imprisonment for convict Doyle Mackey for the attempted murder of three men at a public cemetery in East Grand Bahama three years ago when two brothers were also shot dead. Erica Kemp, senior Crown counsel in t

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Colebrook elected new vice president of the Caribbean Cycling Federation

IT was another milestone for Roy Colebrook as he was elected as the new vice president of the Caribbean Cycling Federation.

NPBA: Shockers knock off Great Whites, High Flyers get 83-81 win over Rockets

THE New Providence Basketball Association continued its regular-season action on Monday night with the JD’s Seafood Shockers knocking off the BIBT Great Whites 86-66 and the Breezes High Flyers prevailed with an 83-81 triumph over the Sun Oil Rockets.

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Simmons secures silver at the Caribbean Cycling Championships in Cuba

ANTIENCE Simmons made her maiden voyage for the Bahamas on an international trip a successful one.

Hepburn and Rolle are City Bowling MVPs

THE men’s most valuable player (MVP) in the City Bowling League Monday night was Alcondo Hepburn of the Asurewin Pocket Pleasers with a 264-second high game and an impressive 668 high three-game series.

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P1 AquaX World Championship this weekend

POWERBOAT P1, the world’s leading marine motorsport brand, continues its strategic programme of international expansion by making its first visit to the Bahamas this weekend to stage the 2019 P1 AquaX World Championship.

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Team Bahamas named

Despite the fact that some of the players in college won’t be available, Nesly Jean likes the makeup of Team Bahamas that will play host to the British Virgin Islands in the next leg of the Nations League.

Time the nation united

When the storm first hit –fear and disbelief were the prevailing emotions experienced by the masses. In the midst of such trauma, we saw the emergence of unlikely, everyday heroes. From the young to the old our nation banded together to help our fellow brothers and sisters. Irrespective of nationality, class or status, the human element was the guiding force in the unification that resulted after the storm.

It is our duty to look after one another

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke.

Cash in on cannabis

Florida and the majority of US states are on the move and rapidly are developing their strategic positions in the global Cannabis industry. A number of other nations across the globe are doing the same.

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Merkel: One million car charging points in Germany by 2030

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she wants to drastically increase the number of charging stations for electric cars in Germany to give consumers more confidence to switch over to electric from internal combustion engines.

Tech Talk

• The University of Wisconsin-Madison is using rolling robots to deliver food.

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Fitbit buy is Google’s latest step into gadgetry

Google’s acquisition of wearable pioneer Fitbit may be a bold plunge into health and fitness technology. But it’s also just the latest step in the internet giant’s often-halting effort to become a force in consumer hardware.

Hampton offers students another free semester

DISPLACED students from the University of The Bahamas’ Northern Campus yesterday thanked Hampton University after it announced they would be provided with another free semester at the institution. Kristoff Strachan, a junior currently majoring in hi

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Normandy pilots highlighted on Remembrance Day

TWO WW2 Bahamian pilots are among the servicemen at the forefront of this year’s local Remembrance Day observances. Squadron Leader David Lester Brown and Warrant Officer Basil Ivan Johnson both took part in the Battle of Normandy in June 1944 - and

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‘Face it - this was a mistake’

SOCIAL media erupted yesterday when images of pins with the face of Youth, Sports & Culture Minister Lanisha Rolle on them surfaced online.

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Families accused of hoarding aid

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest is concerned about people in Grand Bahama hoarding relief supplies such as power generators.

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Bids to run airspace fee scheme rejected

MONETISING The Bahamas’ airspace has been delayed, with a new timeline of January 1, 2021 set to complete the process and enforce charges upon airlines, according to Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday.

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CLEAR YOUR NAME: Chance to erase record for minor marijuana crimes

FORMER Police Commissioner Paul Farquharson wants young and first-time offenders, especially those convicted of drug possession crimes, to get their criminal records expunged.

BAMSI, Tourism team on fishing guide certification

The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) is teaming with the Ministry of Tourism to certify the “new generation of fly-fishing guides” that is key to growing the industry.The two public sector entities, unveiling the fly fishing c

Ex-Bahamas tourism official to be honoured

A Bahamian tourism executive will be honoured at the Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEX) Leadership Awards 2019 for more than 35 years of service to the industry. Frank Comito, pictured , the former Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) executi

Govt 'vets' aircraft registry agreement

The government is “vetting” the proposed contract that will formally launch the creation of a Bahamas aircraft registry, a Cabinet minister said yesterday. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, declined to commit to a timeline for wh

Abaco resort to 'keep hope alive' through pizza addition

An Abaco resort is aiming to complete its new pizzeria by February 2020 as it seeks to rebuild from “major damage” inflicted by Hurricane Dorian. Joshua Stivers, the Treasure Sands Club’s managing director, told Tribune Business it was “not focusing

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JCNP criticises govt over junkanoo involvement

THE Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence (JCNP) criticised government for overstepping its authority in managing junkanoo parades. The JCNP issued a statement on Facebook after what it called a slap in the face when the Minister of Youth, Sports a

EDITORIAL: A warning we can’t ignore

ON a day when President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, there is a stark reality on show for The Bahamas.

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FACE TO FACE: Sharing in the light of Hindus’ greatest festival

This week’s focus is not on an individual, but a group of people and what they taught me about humanity.

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Mitchell unhappy with Forbes-Smith's dual role

THE official Opposition in the Senate will contest Kay Forbes-Smith’s dual roles as Senate president and lead coordinator of post-Dorian recovery efforts in Grand Bahama, according to Fred Mitchell. The Progressive Liberal Party believes it is improp

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UN warns of long road back for fishing sector

THE Bahamas’ lobster and fisheries industry - a sector worth $75m - has been severely set back by Hurricane Dorian, and United Nations assessors say it could take two years for Abaco and Grand Bahama to recover. A report by The Food and Agriculture

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Boats used by poachers to be given to local fishermen

BOATS seized from Dominican poachers will this week start to be distributed by the government to Bahamian fishermen affected by Hurricane Dorian. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard told The Tribune yesterday that distributi

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Dorian bravery medals presented to local heroes

MEDALS of recognition and bravery were presented to nearly 100 local heroes over the weekend on Grand Bahama for saving so many lives during Hurricane Dorian. These ordinary individuals displayed courage and risked their own lives – on jet skis, sma

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Baker’s Bay could offer up to 1,500 jobs as it rebuilds

BAKER’S Bay Golf and Ocean Club will need between 1,000 and 1,500 construction workers to rebuild the resort, according to Director of Labour John Pinder.

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Central Bank: Dorian inflicts a $2.5bn blow

The Central Bank's governor yesterday forecast that total Hurricane Dorian losses could exceed $2.5bn at the "low end" - a sum equivalent to 20 percent of The Bahamas' total economic output.

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Central Bank eyes 'movable collateral registry' initiative

The Central Bank is set to study the feasibility of creating “a registry to track movable chattel pledged by borrowers”, such as vehicles, in a bid to improve credit access for deserving borrowers. John Rolle, the Central Bank’s governor, yesterday

‘Totalled’ Abaco resort awaiting summer re-open

An Abaco resort operator yesterday said her property is unlikely to re-open until summer 2020 after it was “totalled” by Hurricane Dorian with “nothing left of the marina”.

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6,000 restructure debt during 2019 first half

More than 6,000 Bahamian borrowers applied for debt consolidation loans during the 2019 first half, making it the most sought-after form of consumer credit by some distance. The Central Bank’s latest Lending Conditions Survey, released yesterday, re

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CIBC deal positive if 'breaks up the cartel'

An ex-Central Bank governor yesterday said the proposed acquisition of CIBC FirstCaribbean could be positive for the Bahamian economy if it “breaks up the cartel” in the banking industry.James Smith, pictured, told Tribune Business that the Colombia-

Exumians get serious about getting fit

Exuma residents now have the opportunity to get fit the right way thanks to a new gym which recently opened on the island.

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Pure beauty – Local cosmetics company goes all natural

It all started one night in 2014 as Rennae Sweeting was researching sleep solutions for her toddlers Azariah and Nathan. Through Google and other websites, she stumbled on what she calls the world of natural living.

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Cancer patients inspire others with testimonies of courage and endurance

The Cancer Centre of the Bahamas closed out its Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities by paying homage to survivors and patients during a special cocktail reception last Thursday.

Be careful of ‘expert’ advice

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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Sleep deprivation and low testosterone

A lack of sleep and low testosterone levels are strongly linked. Sleep deprivation can lead to lower testosterone and low testosterone can lead to poor sleep. This vicious cycle has many men feeling fatigued throughout the day, with difficulty in concentrating and falling asleep very easily, even at dangerous times such as when driving.

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LIFE LINES: Just dance

We are all born to dance, and who cares if anyone’s looking or not if it’s good for us.

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YOU GO GIRL: Scieska follows in her aunt’s footsteps to be a true ‘giveback girl’

Helping those in need will never go out of style. And for the family that makes up the Giveback Girl organisation, the goal each year is to do more than they did the previous year.

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Lydia leads the way as weight loss pioneer

Over more than 30 years Lydia Ferguson has helped thousands of Bahamians lose weight in her role as president of the local Weight Watchers support group.

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Water polo: Miller and Tigers have their sights set on title

SAEQUAN Miller and his Salem University Tigers water polo team have their sights set on contending for the conference title. The Tigers will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference West Championship, November 9-10 in Erie, Pennsylvania. As

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Bahamas Tennis Federation to host North American IC Rod Laver Jr Challenge this weekend

THE Bahamas Tennis Federation is all set to host the North American IC Rod Laver Junior Challenge at the National Tennis Centre this weekend with teams from Barbados, USA, Mexico and the Bahamas participating. The competition features top players 16

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NPBA: UB Mingoes stop the Regulators 87-68

THE University of the Bahamas Mingoes men’s basketball season started strong with a victory in the New Providence Basketball Association at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Saturday night. Three Mingoes basketball players combined for 45 points to lead

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Dean, Greene go head-to-head in Canada high school preseason

A PAIR of Bahamian prep basketball prospects went head-to-head with their respective programmes in Canadian high school preseason play. Romad Dean (Crestwood Prep) and Paul Greene (J Addison Prep) are both in their first year with their respective p

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University of Houston cougars men capture team championship at the White Sands golf Invitational

THE University of Houston Cougars men’s golf programme capped its fall season in impressive fashion on Sunday afternoon, capturing the team championship in the White Sands Invitational at Ocean Club. Competing on the 7,159-yard, par-72 course, Houst

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Truckers, Wildcats keep All-Star titles in Nassau

The Bahamas Softball Federation’s All-Star Classic on Sunday in aid of Hurricane Dorian relief saw the Commando Security Truckers and the Sunshine Auto Wildcats keeping the titles here in New Providence. In the late game played on Sunday night to co

Bahamas Bowl organisers donating $75,000 to Dorian relief

THE organisers behind the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl are donating $75,000 to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. The Bahamas will host the sixth annual Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl on December 20 at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium - and those behi

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'Buddy' Hield and Kings win two straight games

AFTER an 0-5 start to the season, Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings have won consecutive games. Hield scored 22 points (8-16 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 1-3 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block across 30 minutes in the Kings’ 113-92 win over t

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Red-Line 'building healthy lives through athletics'

“BUILDING Healthy Lives Through Athletics” was the theme for the Red-Line Athletics Track Club’s initial seminar as both athletes and parents got some relevant information on what is required to be a successful track and field athlete. The first of

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Higgs sisters face off in 'Battle of the Carolinas'

ONCE again, “the Battle of the Carolinas” matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and South Carolina Gamecocks swimming and diving teams featured the Higgs sisters on opposing sides. Lilly and the Tar Heels picked up the win for the women’s tea

We need to improve incentives to learn

“D is Depressing”

The story of Miracle is a lesson to us all

I am a Bahamian – hailing from the island of Grand Bahama – retired and now living with my wife in Florida. My wife is an American, from the state of Ohio, who lived with me in The Bahamas for over 40 years, which shows, I believe, our contentment with living in The Bahamas. However, after my uncle passed away, I inherited his estate and with our two adult sons, already residing in the US, hence our move to Florida.

Oh, how I long for the good old days

Recently while doing some research on the island of New Providence, it has occurred to me that Bahamians have divested themselves of their entrepreneurship skills.

PETER YOUNG: Over to the voters at last - and anything could happen

“There is a widespread view in the country that this Parliament has run its course.” These strong words by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have been finally heeded by his fellow MPs who have voted overwhelmingly that the nation should go to the polls on December 12 – and many ordinary people, who have lost patience with the political class and their outright obstruction of the UK’s departure from the EU that has resulted in disruption and division, say that this will be none too soon.

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Police confirm crash victim was well-known businessman

GRAND Bahama Police have officially released the name of the motorcyclist who died in a traffic accident last Thursday as 28-year-old Christoper (Palal) Cooper of Freeport. Cooper was riding a Yamaha motorcycle around midnight on Thursday, October 3

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BNT calls on govt to introduce an Environmental Protection Act

THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has called for the government to pass an Environmental Protection Act - as it fears damage to wetlands following the oil leak at the Equinor facility in Grand Bahama during Hurricane Dorian. “The Equinor oil spill op

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RBDF looks into reports of foreign poachers

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force is investigating reports of foreign poachers being spotted in Bahamian waters. The vessels have reportedly been seen in the southern Bahamas during the past few days. No information was available at the time of going

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Teachers' union heading to court over govt 'failure'

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers and the government are set to battle in court today over the latter’s alleged “failure” to resolve ongoing health and safety issues at two schools, with the union’s attorney warning: “This is not a game”.Kahlil Parker to

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Three arrests over illegal firearms

THREE people have been arrested after an illegal firearm and ammunition were seized by police on Sunday afternoon. Officers executed a search warrant on a home in Red Land Acres at about 4pm, and discovered a Glock pistol with 12 rounds of ammunitio

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Double rapist bids to overturn decision to dismiss his appeal

A double rapist is seeking to have the Privy Council overturn a lower court’s decision to dismiss his appeal of one of his sentences without it hearing the matter.Melvin Saunders has petitioned the London-based tribunal in a bid to prove the appellat

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Rising seas risk worse than feared

NEW research show rising seas will have worse impact than previously known, with most of Grand Bahama, Abaco and Spanish Wells projected to be under flood levels by 2050 because of climate change.

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Evacuees ask - where is your compassion?

JUST a day after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced that all “illegal” migrants will be banned from Abaco’s Family Relief Centre, some storm victims living in shelters are calling for the government to show more compassion to those without immigration status, citing the move as a “heartless” one.

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Now lecturers rebel over UB pay offer: 82 cents a day

THE Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas expects to hold a mass demonstration today, incensed by a University of The Bahamas proposal to increase salaries by a meagre 82 cents per day.

Baha Mar bankruptcy judge to lead seminar

Bahamian insolvency professionals are teaming with an international association to finalise plans for a one-day seminar to be held at the Baha Mar Convention Centre next month. The International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptc

Employers have 'nothing to fear' on union merger

Top government labour officials yesterday backed the proposed merger of the two trade union umbrella organisations as an overdue “step in the right direction”, and said employers have “nothing to fear”. John Pinder, director of labour, told Tribune

Bahamas 'on it' during world's top boat show

Marina operators yesterday said The Bahamas “was on it” at the world’s largest boat show in a bid to lure more yachting business and aid post-Dorian recovery efforts. Joe Dargavage, vice-president of the Bahamas Marinas Association (BMA), and owner

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EDITORIAL: Honour those serving in uniform today

THERE is a notable contrast to be seen in today’s Tribune.

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INSIGHT: Cry for Haiti but UN is start throwing stones at us

Every other week there’s some demand from the UN – this time, from the High Commissioner for Refugees - so what should The Bahamas, a nation still reeling from the devastation suffered at the merciless hands of Hurricane Dorian, do as it relates to upholding our immigration policies? Considering the disastrous state Haiti is in right now - its democracy threatened daily through violent protests demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise - it is absolutely understandable that no sensible person will want to go there.

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Angry parent insists protesting teachers should be replaced

A DISGRUNTLED parent has called for the removal of all the teachers at CH Reeves Junior High School participating in ongoing protests.

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Darville calls on Lloyd to address results decline

PLP Senator Dr Michael Darville said Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd has a “duty to address this decline” after this year’s poor examination results.

PM praise for new building proposals

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis praised Nassau’s redevelopment as he marked the opening of a building on John F Kennedy Drive that will be occupied by Sunshine Insurance, Commonwealth Brewery and Gateway Ascendancy.

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DPM: Dorian won't break VAT promise

The government will likely need around $300m in bank and other commercial financing to meet post-Dorian needs, as the deputy prime minister pledged: “We won’t break our VAT promise to the people.” K Peter Turnquest told Tribune Business that the Min

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Union merger 'critically urgent' for worker rights

The merger of The Bahamas’ two major trade union bodies is “critically urgent” because workers are losing hard-fought rights and benefits, a leading unionist has told Tribune Business. Obie Ferguson, head of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), said its

Broker fighting commission to close this week

A Bahamian broker/dealer embroiled in a furious legal battle with the Securities Commission yesterday confirmed it will close this week with multiple job losses having already occurred.Guy Gentile, principal of SureTrader and MintBroker International

Sunshine Auto Wildcats are All-Star Classic champions

The New Providence Softball Association’s ladies champions Sunshine Auto Wildcats didn’t get to play for another Bahamas Softball Federation National Championship title.

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Minister launches National Sports Month

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle (right) announced the launch of National Sports Month at the ministry’s head office on October 31.

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‘Buddy’ Hield, Fox lead Kings to 113-92 rout of the Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 22 points, De’Aaron Fox had 24 and the Sacramento Kings routed the New York Knicks 113-92 last night for their second straight victory following a 0-5 start.

NPBA: Triple header rocks AF Adderley

THE calendar flipped to November and to a full six-game slate last weekend in the New Providence Basketball Association with triple headers on both Friday and Saturday night at AF Adderley Gymnasium.

Local standouts shine at Caribbean Tip-Off Classic

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

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Lafleur 4th overall at Amateur World Cup in Spain

HAVING qualified with her victory at her first pro show for the year in Montreal, Canada in August, Lorraine Lafleur had to settle for a fourth place finish in the women’s physique elite pro category at the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness’ 2019 Amateur World Cup in Tarragona, Spain.

PM working Abaco and Grand Bahama hard

Does the most Honourable Dr Hubert Minnis see in the aftermath of Dorian plus recently announced development projects - Carnival GB…soon to come Our Lucaya…Disney Eleuthera that his favour on the streets could swing his way from being very negative and is now planning for an Election in 2020 before the summer?

At this rate, we will soon be off the charts

I know I am not allowed to comment on any matter that takes place in court. However, I did read what I would consider a shocking miscarriage of justice – I now understand why last year the World Bank concluded that it was easier to do business in the war-torn West Bank and the Gaza Strip than in the Bahamas.

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FNM’s youth raise money for victims

THE Torchbearers Youth Association, the youth arm of the Free National Movement, raised $15,000 to help Hurricane Dorian victims, according to TYA leader Carlyle Bethel.

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Two rescued pooches become BBB mascots

Two dogs rescued after Hurricane Dorian have become mascots of the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage (BBB) Company as it undergoes its own recovery effort.

Wreaths laid to honour those who have served

WREATHS were laid on Friday to honour those who had served The Bahamas in military uniform - including those who had laid down their lives for their country.

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Nygard ‘contributing to deforestation of planet’

PETER Nygard suffered another legal blow on Friday – as his appeal against contempt was rejected with the judge expressing frustration with the lengthy legal process surrounding his case.

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WSC union $5m claim ends with $15k award

A trade union’s bid to secure nearly $5m in damages from the Water & Sewerage Corporation for violating their industrial agreement has been rejected by a Supreme Court judge.

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NIB staff - huge vote for strike

NATIONAL Insurance Board (NIB) workers have voted almost unanimously to take strike action.

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Defence chief ‘forced out’ after 40 years swears: I’ll never forgive

CAPTAIN Samuel Evans, the recently retired deputy commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, says he will never forgive the Minnis administration for the way it treated him before he was led to retire last month.

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Trust fund to help families rebuild

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said undocumented immigrants will be banned from Abaco’s Family Relief Centre.

PM unveils $1.5m farm, fishing relief

The prime minister yesterday said the Government plans to establish a $1.5m loan and grant initiative to help impacted farmers and fishermen recover from Hurricane Dorian. The programme, which is also focused on persons in the boating industry, is t

Works minister to lead Long Island's Outlook

Desmond Bannister, pictured, minister of works, will be the main speaker at the fifth Long Island Business Outlook conference that is scheduled for November 14.It will be held at the Ladies Friendship Centre in the settlement of Grays under the theme

Property worth $160m added to taxation rolls

The government has already added $160m worth of property to the tax roll through its technology-driven initiative to upgrade “antiquated” systems, the deputy prime minister has revealed.K Peter Turnquest, addressing the eighth annual Caribbean valuat

Broker: Too many Bahamians priced out of mid-market homes

A well-known real estate broker has urged the country to tackle the growing problem of housing affordability, warning that too many Bahamians are being priced out of the mid-range market.“Home ownership has been shown to be the foundation of safer, h

'Discipline, not just speed' needed in Dorian clean-up

A Cabinet minister says Abaco’s post-Dorian clean-up “requires tremendous discipline and not merely speed” amid concerns that the effort needs to be “ramped up” to facilitate the island’s restoration. Desmond Bannister, minister of works, told Tribu

Bank acquires former RBC FINCO property

NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, the commercial division of Bahamas Realty, has facilitated the sale of the former FINCO building on Robinson Road to another unnamed retail bank. Larry Roberts, commercial broker, negotiated the sale of the property fo

DPM: Release 'chokehold' over financial innovation

The Bahamas must “release our chokehold on the status quo” if it is to successfully break into new financial services products and markets, the deputy prime minister has urged. K Peter Turnquest, addressing members of the Bahamas Association of Comp

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Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama distribute building materials in East End

Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama organised several convoys into East Grand Bahama, distributing much-needed building materials to residents to help rebuild homes in those devastated East End settlements.

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Bahamas NOT on Ebola 'high alert'

THE Bahamas is not on “high alert” for the Ebola virus.

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Well-known physician Dr Augustine Ohueyi dies

THE Grand Bahama Medical community is saddened by the death of Dr Augustine Ohueyi, who was a well-known physician on the island.

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Teachers union 'to take legal action' over Carlton Francis, CH Reeves

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said the union will be taking legal action against the Ministry of Education to resolve ongoing issues at Carlton Francis Primary School and CH Reeves Junior High School.

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Decision to discharge pair of criminal charges remains 'undisturbed'

THE Court of Appeal has dashed the Crown's hopes of overturning a magistrate's decision to discharge a Haitian woman and her brother of criminal charges.

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Pharmacists granted leave to join colleague's appeal

TWELVE local pharmacists have been granted leave to join their colleague’s appeal of a Supreme Court judge’s decision to not compel the Bahamas Pharmacy Council to renew her licence.

EDITORIAL: Why so quiet, Mr Lloyd?

As the country chews over the latest examination results showing no progress for students in maths, English and science, here are some strong words to consider.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Time to enjoy the funny side of Halloween

WITH PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell, wishing the demise of QC and human rights activist Fred Smith, coupled with Speaker of the House, Halston Moultrie still ‘freaking’ himself out in the HOA, politics in the 242 has taken a dark turn, this Halloween weekend.

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Marco City team distributes relief to 200 residents in Grand Bahama

THE Marco City Constituency Team distributed relief items to more than 200 local residents this week on Grand Bahama. The event was held at the Zenobia Cooper Park in Coral Reef Subdivision One on Wednesday afternoon. Toshyia François, office admin

Where are our new building materials?

DISPLACED residents who lost their homes in Hurricane Dorian are frustrated that building materials have not yet been distributed by NEMA to help them start reconstruction in East Grand Bahama.Some residents are staying in accommodations provided by

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Wish Fred Smith dead? Mitchell declines to comment

FRED Mitchell declined to comment yesterday after a website he previously said “aligns itself with his thinking” wished death on attorney Fred Smith. Editorial writers on the Bahamas Uncensored website hoped for a more harmful outcome for Mr Smith,

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Motorists complain about licence delays

IRATE drivers yesterday expressed frustration with Road Traffic Department over the continued delay with the issuing of new drivers’ licences. “They run out of plastic (drivers licence) cards some time ago and this is my third week here and they tol

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Dorian ripped out huge pieces of coral

PATCHES of coral reef the size of a car were ripped out by Hurricane Dorian when it tore through the northern Bahamas, according to an assessment by experts. The Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) reported the results of its survey, conducted

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Insurers suffer 'over $1bn' Dorian losses

Hurricane Dorian has to-date inflicted “over $1bn in insured losses” on Bahamian insurers, it was revealed yesterday, with some forecasts suggesting this may rise as high as $1.5bn. Warren Rolle, the Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) chairman, t

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Leno targets $800m assets via BOB deal

Leno Corporate Services is aiming to close 2019 with over $800m in assets under administration following today’s expected completion of its Bank of The Bahamas trust acquisition.Sean Longley, Leno’s founder and president, told Tribune Business yester

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Minister: BPL financial past ‘totally shameful’

A Cabinet minister yesterday blasted Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) financial past as “absolutely shameful” amid revelations it received a $15m taxpayer loan to help repay due debt.

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'Fabric of society' threatened from no accountability

The Road Traffic Department’s driver licence woes demonstrate how the absence of public sector accountability threatens the “fabric of society”, a governance reformer argued yesterday.Robert Myers, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s princi

Fiscal Council's chief: 'Return to fiscal prudence'

The newly-appointed Fiscal Responsibility Council’s chairman yesterday urged the government to “get back to fiscal prudence” and not rush Hurricane Dorian recovery in just one year.Kevin Burrows, who also represents the Bahamas’ society of financial

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Whatever happened to Coral Harbour dream?

Out on a remote strip of road where the airfields of New Providence dwindle away and the land forms a T-junction with an extra arm, like a partially amputated roundabout, lies a subdivision called Coral Harbour.

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Stop Disney group resumes campaign

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have relaunched their campaign against the development of the Disney Cruise Lines port at Lighthouse Point, Eleuthera - after suspending their protests to focus on the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and the “climate change

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Well-known businessman dies in crash

A well-known Grand Bahama businessman is dead following a traffic accident in the Lucaya area early yesterday morning. Although police have not released the victim’s name, the deceased – believed to be Palal Cooper – was riding a motorcycle when the

Clean-up of debris in Abaco has begun, says Ferreira

NEARLY two months after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the northwestern Bahamas, the clean-up of debris in Abaco has begun, according to Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira. Mr Ferreira told The Tribune yesterday that the removal of debris is being spea

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Baha Mar Cup to feature Gauff and Roddick

LEGENDARY retired tennis player Mark Knowles has announced plans for the first of the Baha Mar Cup at Baha Mar that will feature some of the top-notch players including American rising young star Coco Gauff and veteran Andy Roddick.

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Hats off to all our heroes

YOUNGSTERS celebrated yesterday after their efforts to improve the environment resulted in them winning awards.

Joy International Fellowship conference urges Bahamians to be confident in God

Joy International Fellowship, founded by Chief Magistrate Dr Joyann Ferguson, will host its sixth annual Empowerment Conference from October 31 to November 3 at the Warwick Hotel on Paradise Island.

Meditation Healthy and Happy Part II

For each of us we have to come to the place where we determine for ourselves what our highest priorities are, and how are our best energies directed. Hopefully, we are engaged in that is of eternal value.

Crushing Part I – No grape crushes itself!

So, I’m reading this book by TD Jakes called “Crushing”. The main premise suggests that through the pressures of life we can obtain the power to benefit and thrive. A friend of mine is also reading the book but admitted it is taking her forever to finish. I asked why and she admitted to the following:

It’s time to return to God – Drs Nottage host revival for all nations

THE leaders of Believers Faith Outreach Ministries International are calling for the Bahamas to be brought back to a time of prayer, repentance and restoration when its revival takes place this and next week.

The need for humility

Humility is a characteristic of “egolessness”, modesty, meekness, humbleness, deference, etc. and is often considered the exact opposite of pride.

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THE PRESS BOX: COWBOYS CAN’T GET TRICKED THIS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND!

BEWARE, it’s Halloween weekend, anything can happen. The Dallas Cowboys, who are presently 3-0 in their division - the NFC East - and looking to improve to 4-0 in the division with a season series sweep of the New York Giants on Monday, on Monday Night Football.

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Team Northfield hope to leave a lasting impression

THE Northfield Mount Hermon boys’ basketball team is making their initial appearance in the Bahamas for the Tip-Off Classic this weekend at Loyola Hall and, by the time they leave next week, they hope to leave a lasting impression.

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‘Buddy’ scores 23 but Hornets beat the Kings

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 23 points for Sacramento but P.J. Washington controlled the post well enough to keep Charlotte close until the rest of his teammates found their rhythm. The Hornets rookie showed some versatility, too, when he stepped out and made a pair of shots beyond the arc.

Top pro basketball players begin seasons on high note

SOME of the country’s top pro basketball players throughout the European, Asian and Middle Eastern circuit began their seasons on a high note.

Brown recruiting Bahamians to compete for Clayton State

NOW that he’s settled in his new role as the head coach, veteran quarter-miler Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown is trying to recruit as many Bahamians to Clayton State University to compete for the Laker track and field team.

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Suns awaiting decision on Ayton appeal

The Phoenix Suns are still awaiting a decision on Deandre Ayton’s appeal process on his suspension, but no announcement has been made on talks between the league and the Players Association.

For what it's worth

While the debate on the Evacuation Bill continues in Parliament, some have questioned what could happen if a resident ordered to leave an unsafe area refuses to do so. The consequences of refusing to obey a proper and legal evacuation order was considered by the Privy Council in Commissioner of Police vs. Cavanaugh (Montserrat) 2005 UKPC 28. This was a case in which a person refused to be evacuated and was arrested, charged, and fined in Montserrat in the light of a volcanic eruption.

It is our money they are wasting

There has been a lot of brouhaha lately about the Bahamas Defence Force’s decision to let its Commodore take his vacation leave rather than allowing him to stay on the job and continue to accumulate extra pay for postponed vacations.

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Exam results table - depressing again

STUDENTS who took the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations failed to do any better this year in Maths, English and Science than test takers for the past five years.

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Deportation for Renew’s ex-boss Cox

FORMER Renew Bahamas CEO Michael Cox and his uncle Maurice were collectively fined $6,000 yesterday for working at a local scrapyard without valid work permits late last year. Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans fined both United Kingdom natives $3,000 after convicting them for illegally engaging in gainful employment in October 2018.

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SHOW HER MERCY: Family begs judge to help mother who killed her girl

THE brother-in-law of a schizophrenic woman who killed her two-year-old daughter by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire yesterday begged a judge not to send her to prison, but to allow her to get “the help she needs”.

Sebas: Technology and bureaucracy 'don't mix'

A top web shop boss yesterday warned that imposing new technology on top of old bureaucracy is like “oil and water; they don’t mix”. Sebas Bastian, pictured , Island Luck’s chief executive, said he had repeatedly seen companies acquire the latest so

Abaco airport ready 'any day now' for international flights

Abaco’s airport could be ready to receive international flights “any day now”, a senior government official revealed yesterday, with US regulators having completed their inspection. Algernon Cargill, director of aviation, who is also the joint Doria

Airline opens Nassau to US mid-west visits

United Airlines will next March open its longest non-stop route to the Caribbean when it begins servicing Nassau from Denver International Airport.US media reports yesterday said the first flight will take place on March 7, with the carrier launching

PI developer gains nearly $50m sales

A Canadian-based developer is seeking other opportunities in The Bahamas after generating close to $50m in sales from its ten-storey Paradise Island development. Replay Destinations, which acquired One Ocean from the bank in 2016 after its original

IAN FERGUSON: How to plan for success in 2020

As the month of November rolls in, the planning process for most businesses is being reviewed by diligent owners and management. They are not gambling on success in 2020 but, instead, are being very deliberate in ensuring success.The truth is that no

BTC unveils new, improved plans

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday announced it has introduced new plans as well as improving the value in its prepaid mobile combination plans.The new plan line-up includes three seven-day plans (small, medium and large), a 10-da