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Thursday, October 31

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10312019 EDITION

Thursday, 31st October, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Talk to the teachers, Mr Lloyd

THE ongoing dispute between teachers from CH Reeves and Carlton Francis schools and the Ministry of Education has taken another unfortunate turn.

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STATESIDE: Robert Evans, good looking but still knew how to win

You may have heard the phrase “she (or he) is too good looking to be taken seriously”. There’s a reason a truism like that persists: it can be true. The kids who are blessed with good looks often glide through high school and even college without seeming to suffer a single setback. They are the kings and queens of the prom, the leaders of the school sports teams, the head cheerleaders.

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New VAT policy to aid Abaco & Grand Bahama

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced a new VAT policy for Abaco and Grand Bahama yesterday to assist with rebuilding efforts.

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Deputy PM Turnquest says new buildings will need ‘pre-approval’

Rebuilding in East Grand Bahama will require “pre-approval” of building plans by the Ministry of Works, according to deputy prime minister Peter Turnquest, stressing that the government has an obligation to ensure the building of “resilient homes”.

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Three charities benefit from $1,000 grants

GRANTS of $1,000 each were distributed to three non-profit organisations yesterday by the Urban Renewal Commission in recognition of their charitable work within their respective communities.

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Driver's licence woes could last four weeks

Technology “glitches” and a surge in applications were yesterday blamed for the driver’s licence “backlog” that some sources yesterday suggested could last for another four weeks. Antoinette Thompson, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Transport

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Payment provider targets 50% of mobile consumers

A Bahamian digital payments provider yesterday said it is aiming to sign up 2,000 merchants and half the country’s mobile phone users when it goes “fully live” before year-end 2019.Keith Davies, Kanoo’s chairman and chief executive, told Tribune Busi

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Dorian to drive national debt to near $9bn

The Ministry of Finance’s top official last night said Hurricane Dorian had reinforced “why fiscal discipline is so important” even though it is set to drive the national debt to almost $9bn. Marlon Johnson, the acting financial secretary, told Trib

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Dorian debris clear needs big 'ramp up'

Abaco’s Chamber of Commerce president yesterday called for post-Dorian debris removal to be “ramped up significantly” given the huge obstacle it presents to the island’s reconstruction. Ken Hutton, pictured , told Tribune Business that the authoriti

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Ease committee: Prioritise registrar general upgrades

The government’s ease of doing business committee yesterday warned The Bahamas will see minimal improvement in property registration until reforming the Registrar General’s Department becomes “a priority”.

Cruise industry gives little return

A summer of new foreign direct investment and local investments since July 2017 shows this has been dominated by the cruise industry, a sector which gives very little return as average cruise passenger spend in $70.

Potter's Cay has much to offer

I was privileged to host my radio talk show Express Yourself (Global Radio 99.5 FM) at Potter’s Cay Dock a few days ago.

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Guo, Texas Longhorns win the White Sands Invitational

A RECORD-setting day for the Texas Longhorns as freshman sensation Sophie Guo led her team to the championship title on the final day of the White Sands Invitational.

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Committee donates $75,000 to Red Cross for Dorian relief

THE Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl committee and its stakeholders continue to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the event and its host country.

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Jones rejoins powerhouse in Russia

JONQUEL Jones rejoined Russian Premier League powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg this WNBA offseason as the team looks to repeat as EuroLeague champions.

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Higgs and Longhorns win exhibition 83-73

LASHANN Higgs was back on the court in her first official game as a Texas Longhorn in almost a year, and picked up where she left off as one of the team’s leaders as a fifth year senior.

Should Christians let their kids celebrate Halloween?

Tonight is All Hallows’ Eve – more commonly known as Halloween – and thousands of Bahamians will be taking their kids trick or treating and attending costume parties dressed up as their favourite superheroes, celebrities or storybook characters.

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BFN ready to bake 13,000 meals a week

THE Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) are preparing and distributing over 13,000 meals a week to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Phillip Smith, BFN executive director, told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Caribbean tour yesterday that usually the BFN would cook and distribute about 5,500 hot meals a week.

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Judge orders new NIB strike vote to be held

A NEW strike vote will be held by National Insurance Board workers tomorrow after a Supreme Court judge yesterday overturned Director of Labour John Pinder’s decision to invalidate a previous vote.

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Smithsonian to help recover damaged artefacts

THE Bahamas has linked up with the Smithsonian Institute to rescue and recover items of cultural importance on Abaco and Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian.

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Sugary drinks ban for all schools

A SUGARY drinks ban at government healthcare facilities and public schools will come into effect on December 1, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands. “People are killing themselves,” Dr Sands said bluntly of the rationale behind the ban yesterday.

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Teachers’ fury over pay cut

THE Ministry of Education has cut the salaries of approximately 75 teachers from CH Reeves Junior High School and Carlton Francis Primary School, according to Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson.

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Do it again and Ingraham would fire Speaker’s a**

THE behaviour of House Speaker Halson Moultrie was unprecedented and overboard, according to a former deputy prime minister and a former long-time parliamentary clerk.

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Jury rules Carla was ‘murdered’

THE mysterious hanging of a 25-year-old South African woman at the Atlantis resort last year was a homicide, a jury found yesterday.

Minimum wage is a no-brainer

Speaking as an employer, the minimum wage is a no-brainer. If you get more funds in the pockets of working people it not only enriches their lives, it boost the economy. Working people spend their money with the local economy thus generating revenue for the country/Treasury.

BTVI names consultants to oversee transformation

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has named consultants to oversee the multi-million dollar upgrades being part-financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Dr Robert W Robertson, its president, announced LaToya Johnson as p

Compliance chief 'stays step ahead'

The founder and president of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) has armed herself for a more rigorous regulatory climate by attaining another degree.Cheryl Bazard said it was critical for compliance professionals to “stay a step ah

DPM: Boat fee rises 'strike fair balance'

The deputy prime minister yesterday argued that the government had “struck a fair balance” on the increased boating and cruising permit fees revealed this week.K Peter Turnquest said the prior fee structure had not been altered for some time, leading

First firms receive Dorian grant funds

Eight Bahamian companies yesterday received grants from the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) to help kickstart their post-Hurricane Dorian rebuilding efforts.Fowlco Ltd; Painters Touch (Bahamas); Continuum Financial Holdings; ETP Industrial O

Sebas to address BTC small business forum

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) will close its small business month with today’s first annual small business conference. Titled BTC InKnowVation, powerful real-world business solutions , it will feature a number of local and internation

Dorian 'recovery zones' ready by November 11

The deputy prime minister yesterday said the post-Dorian Economic Recovery Zones should be “completely up and running” by November 11 following a declaration by the Prime Minister. K Peter Turnquest said: “We hope to be in position to have the Prime

Wednesday, October 30

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10302019 EDITION

Wednesday, 30th October, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Speaker needs to keep his head

IT takes a level head to be the Speaker of the House of Assembly. It is a position that requires balance, to stand up to conflicting points of view and to weather criticism.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Minimum wage doesn’t cut it - we have to get real

There are a number of life skills we either learn on our own, usually through trial and error, or suffer continuously for not having learned. They are not taught in school, though they should be, and our parents fail to impart certain kinds of knowledge because they do not have it, do not know how to share it, or it has not occurred to them that certain skills are critical and need to be taught.

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Turnquest: Equinor will do right thing

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest told Grand Bahama residents that Equinor has given its commitment to do what is right regarding the clean-up and investigation of the oil spill at its South Riding Point terminal in East End. At a town meeting o

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No disruption to NIB work, says director

DESPITE the employees of the National Insurance Board going on “work to rule”, there have been no disruptions to the agency’s operations, according to NIB Director Dr Nicola Virgill-Rolle. Her comments came on the second day of the employees’ “work t

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Arrivals down 14% - but it could be worse

VISITOR arrivals were down 14 percent in September highlighting Hurricane Dorian’s immediate affect on The Bahamas’ tourism industry. According to Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday this was “significant”, but officials thought it would h

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Officials yet to finalise Dorian 'missing'

OFFICIALS are still cross-referencing lists of missing persons as a result of Hurricane Dorian and a decision on when such a full list will be made public will be made by police, according to Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell. Yesterday,

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Mother Pratt pledges support for survivors

DOZENS of Hurricane Dorian victims from Abaco received food and clothing items yesterday from the Mother Pratt Foundation, which pledged to support storm survivors in the wake of the deadly storm. Earlier this week, former Deputy Prime Minister Cynt

Dealers hope 28% rise ends 'roller coaster hell'

New auto dealers yesterday voiced optimism that the industry’s 28.1 percent sales increase for the year to end-September indicates “one hell of a roller coaster ride” has finally ended. Rick Lowe, the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) secre

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'Spiking message': Tourism board raises marketing 15%

The Bahamas’ main tourism promotion board yesterday said it had increased its marketing spend by 15 percent to “spike the message” that this nation remains open post-Hurricane Dorian.Fred Lounsberry, the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board’s chief

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BOB signs deal to sell $103m trust business

Bank of The Bahamas has signed a deal to sell its $103m trust portfolio, the BISX-listed institution’s just-released 2019 financial statements have revealed.Virtually no details are provided about the sale, such as price and buyer identity, other tha

Container port operator $600k ahead of target

The Nassau Container Port’s operator beat the profits forecast for its 2019 financial year by some 8.4 percent or almost $600,000, its just-released financial statements have revealed. Arawak Port Development Company (APD), the BISX-listed manager f

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Govt urged: 'Dust off' National Plan to solve our woes

An ex-Chamber of Commerce director yesterday urged the government to rapidly “dust off” the National Development Plan, arguing: “It is 100 percent the solution to the issues we are facing.” Roderick Simms, pictured , who previously chaired the organ

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African Ebola has Bahamas on alert

MINISTRY of Health officials remain on high alert over the Ebola outbreak currently wreaking havoc in parts of Africa.

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‘Nominal’ fee plan for dome families

THE GOVERNMENT is considering charging dome city tenants a “nominal” fee for rent after the expiration of a free period, revealed John-Michael Clarke, chairman of the government’s Disaster Relief and Reconstruction Committee yesterday.

‘I tried but couldn’t save my girls’

AN Abaco father said he lost his two daughters to Hurricane Dorian after the monster storm ripped the roof off the church in which they had sought refuge.

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Breanna slipped twice - then they attacked

A 14-year-old boy yesterday testified how a car full of girls nearly ran him over in their haste to ultimately stab and beat to death teenage mother Breanna Mackey over an $80 cell phone last year.

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Helsinki Basketball Academy ‘very excited to come back’

THE Helsinki Basketball Academy, with nine returning players, is back for the second edition of the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Tip-Off Classic this weekend.

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Register for Half Marathon today

WHILE the organisers expect for Bahamian national record holder Oneil Williams to defend his local title and a few Kenyans to add to the level of competition, there’s a call for more persons to register for the seventh annual Bahamas Half Marathon.

Venue change for Caribbean Tip-Off Classic this weekend

THE second annual Caribbean Tip-Off Classic is all set for this weekend with a change in venue from the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium to Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road.

Freedom Baptist Academy Warriors ‘have been a force to reckon with’

IT has been 10 years since the Freedom Baptist Academy began its high school basketball programme in Palmdale. Since then, head coach Josiah Major said the Warriors have been a force to reckon with.

New classmates hold surprise birthday party for five-year-old

AN Abaco boy who was forced to evacuate with his family to Florida after deadly Hurricane Dorian got a special birthday party from his new classmates this week. Five-year-old Ahmad Bootle, above , and his mother Tasia Bootle left Abaco after losing

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BLTA congratulates Focol Junior National Tennis Classic winners

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association congratulates all the winners of the 2019 Focol Junior National Tennis Classic held in Freeport, Grand Bahama, over the weekend.

Mario Brown City Bowling League MVP

THE most valuable player (MVP) from the City Bowling League on Monday night at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Centre was red hot Mario Brown of the Tenback Strikers-Lee’s Motor Works.

How a cook and okra had the last word

There were many interesting winter residents who spent the winter season in The Bahamas during the 1940s and 50s. Mr John Manning was a most interesting person. His passion was deep sea fishing for billfish.

Is this a Baptist voice speaking?

For years there has been serious issues when the Bahamas Christian Council speaks as does it speak for all denominations or for a select majority group - Baptist?

NPBA: Rockets cut down Giants 92-79, Regulators earn 78-77 win over Shockers

THE Sun Oil Rockets and the Leno Regulators pulled off the New Providence Basketball Association’s doubleheader on Monday night at the AF Adderley Gymnasium.

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NIB launches pilot project for employer self-service

THE National Insurance Board yesterday launched the pilot phase of its employer self-service portal.Speaking to reporters, National Insurance Board (NIB) Director Dr Nicola Virgill-Rolle said the agency is committed to customer engagement with the us

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HAS SOMEONE UPSET YOU, MR SPEAKER? Moultrie launches rambling rant on media news reports

HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie launched a 32-minute attack against the media in the House of Assembly yesterday, declaring at the start of the sitting that he is prepared to lead reporters to Jesus if they target him.

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Longhorns extend lead on day 2

The number two nationally ranked University of Texas Longhorns women’s golf team is right where head coach Ryan Murphy anticipated at the end of day two of the White Sands NCAA Invitational Tournament.

Calsey Johnson, a journalist who bubbled over with love

The late Calsey Johnson; nation building Bahamian; media pioneer; a dedicated family man; a son of The Lord Jesus Christ; parliamentarian and a diplomat par excellence, will long be remembered fondly as long as there is The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

BTC expands GB restoration teams

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it has expanded its Grand Bahama recovery team as it seeks to fully restore communications services to the island. Besides restoring landline, internet, TV and mobile services, BTC added th

Bahamas promoted at Florida art show

The Bahamas this weekend used an annual art show in Fort Lauderdale to continued to market itself as open for business post-Dorian. Hosted by Howard Alan Events, the show took place from October 19-20 on Las Olas Boulevard with hundreds of exhibitor

NIB moves to combat contribution backlog

The National Insurance Board (NIB) yesterday unveiled a new digital upgrade aimed at eliminating bottlenecks such as the recent 266,000-strong contribution backlog. The social security system announced the launch of the Employer’s Self-Service (ESS)

NIB staff seek court order for strike poll

National Insurance Board (NIB) employees will today seek a Supreme Court ruling that the minister of labour acted illegally when he cancelled their strike poll last week. Obie Ferguson, attorney for the Union of Public Officers which represents NIB

$250m transformation from 'break even' port

A Cabinet minister yesterday described Nassau’s cruise port as a “break even operation” as Parliament debated legislation to facilitate its $250m transformation.Renward Wells, minister for transport and local government, said the Harbour Dues Amendme

Tuesday, October 29

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10292019 EDITION

Tuesday, 29th October, 2019.

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FACE TO FACE: Wise words from a boy who simply cares for others

I was blown away by the thoughts of a ten-year-old boy who was asked to jot down in his own words some sentences about the abuse of children. I’ve known Makaio Mackey to be a high achiever since he was very young. Like my son Elijah, Makaio is an avid golfer. His mother India would rave about Elijah’s golfing skills and she felt encouraged that her son would do well in the sport.

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Three charged with murder

TWO Haitian men and a Bahamian man, all in their early 20s, are behind three of the country’s recent homicides, police have alleged.The three men were charged yesterday. Police claim 22-year-old Kervenson Pierre and 20-year-old Kerry Dufrene murdered

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Equinor has 100 working on clean up

EQUINOR has 100 people in the field helping in the clear up of the massive oil spill at its refinery in East Grand Bahama. Eskil Eriksen, public information officer at Equinor, says 50,000 barrels of oil and water have been recovered at the site “fr

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Free dental care clinic for Dorian victims

IT’S been nearly two months since Hurricane Dorian devastated Abaco and Grand Bahama and across the country, many health care organisations are continuing to respond to the health needs of Hurricane Dorian survivors. One of them is the Bahamas Denta

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We must do what we can, says Mother Pratt

IN an effort to help those displaced by Hurricane Dorian, the Mother Pratt Foundation will be distributing food and hygienic items to assist those in need. Speaking to reporters at her residence yesterday, former Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia “Mothe

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All major roads on Abaco have been cleared

IRAM Lewis, the new minister of state for disaster preparedness, said to date all major and arterial roads on the island of Abaco have been cleared.Speaking to reporters at a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) press conference yesterday, Mr

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'Negligent' BOB defeats ex-minister's $6m default

Bank of The Bahamas has defeated an ex-Cabinet minister’s bid to enforce a $6m default judgment against it despite being branded “careless and negligent” in its approach to the case. Stephana Saunders, the Supreme Court’s deputy registrar, found tha

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Marina operator fears over boating fee hikes

Bahamian marina operators yesterday warned that proposed boating fee hikes will “definitely put people off” despite the government cutting some levies by up to 60 percent.Peter Maury, the Association Of Bahamas Marinas’ (ABM) president, told Tribune

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Operators unite against URCA's 3-year phase-in

Cable Bahamas and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) have united in opposition to regulators’ proposals to gradually lower call termination rates over a three-year period. The giant communications rivals, together with the former’s Aliv mo

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'I don't know how much more of this I can handle'

A governance reformer yesterday argued “nothing has changed” to improve The Bahamas’ stagnant ease of doing business ranking, as he revealed: “I don’t know how much more I can take.”Robert Myers, a principal with the Organisation for Responsible Gove

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Sarkis receiver claims 'wrong, misconceived'

Sarkis Izmirlian’s accusations that Baha Mar’s former receivers breached a Supreme Court order by passing material to the project’s contractor have been blasted as “misconceived and wrong”. Brian Simms QC, senior partner at Lennox Paton, told the or

Learning all about baby: Sandbox hosts experts for ‘Family Talks’

EVEN if they have walked the road before, parents of newborn babies always have tons of questions about their child’s growth and what developmental milestones they should be reaching. Many quiz their paediatricians or turn to Google and online communities for their answers.

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Noise exposure: How bad can it be?

Many of us want to feel the beat when listening to music and prefer louder volume levels. But how detrimental is this to our hearing? Continuing with the theme of Audiology Awareness Month, hearing protection is a vital component of healthy hearing.

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There is no perfect time to start

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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Are you happy in your skin?

Glowing, plump, radiant, soft, smooth and bright. Aren’t these not signs of healthy skin? Yes, they are, but there is also a “happy skin”.

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‘Movember’ – An opportunity to change the culture of silence

“Movember” is here again. Every year around the world, the month of November is taken as opportunity to focus on the health awareness of men. Men around the globe are encouraged to not shave during November and grow a moustache as a sign of solidarity and unity in the effort to emphasise the importance of men’s health awareness.

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LIFE LINES: Why the rule of three is effective

What is the rule of three and what does it mean? The rule of three is something which we all often use spontaneously or apply in many different areas of our lives, sometimes purposefully but frequently subconsciously.

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Miss Teenager hopeful of good showing in Mexico

The Miss Bahamas Teen Organisation is sending the current Miss Bahamas Teenager 2019 Amani Stuart off to represent the country at the Miss Teen Universe pageant in Mexico this Thursday.

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CurlyCru Fest seeks to challenge harmful beauty standards

Natural hair festival comes to Nassau Night Market

The natural hair journey can be both rewarding and stressful.

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Crime and passion: Could you love a man with a rap sheet?

Superstar rapper Nicki Minaj has been the subject of trending news stories lately for her quick and unexpected marriage to husband Kenneth Petty, a registered sex offender who has also served time for manslaughter.

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NCAA: Swimmers make a splash

Bahamian student athletes have excelled early in the NCAA Division I aquatics season.Izaak Bastian, now in his sophomore year with the No.15 ranked Florida State Seminoles, continues to emerge as a standout for the nationally ranked side.The Seminole

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Temple Christian Suns win triple crown

THE Temple Christian Academy’s 10th annual pre-season basketball tournament ended last week with the Suns completing a clean sweep of three titles on their home court at the Temple Christian Auditorium. Temple Christian, coached by Nekeno ‘Keno’ Dem

NCAA golf: Guo helps Longhorns snatch early lead

SOPHIE Guo lived up to her expectations as the top-ranked player, as she shot a six-under-par 66 to help the University of Texas Longhorns snatch the early lead in the White Sands NCAA Invitational Tournament. At the end of day one of the three-day

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BLTA Senior Nationals winners in spotlight

THE 2019 BLTA Senior Nationals culminated with a trophy ceremony and reception at the National Tennis Centre. The winners and runners-up all received cash prizes and trophies. “The last day of the competition was riveting. The first singles champio

Another record setting day for Strachan in NCAA Division II

IT was another record-setting day for Michael Strachan as he continues to be a leading receiver in NCAA Division II football. Strachan set a University of Charleston Golden Eagles single season mark for receptions after his performance in Saturday’s

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Ferguson and Bearcats in win column

CHRIS Ferguson returned to the field for the Cincinnati Bearcats and the No.21 ranked team in the nation continued their successful run in conference play.The graduate offensive lineman got the start at left tackle and the Bearcats won 24-13 over Tul

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Red-Line athletes get set for indoor track meet

AFTER making their presence felt in their first year of existence last year, the Red-Line Athletics Track Club is hoping to make more of an impact both locally and internationally.The club hosted a bake sale outside the Sports Centre in the Harbour B

A question of leadership

Political leadership is vital in any society regardless of the form or type of government.

Proud to have served

Recent arrests of two individuals charged with several murders and attempted murders merits public attention and gratitude.

EDITORIAL: Tell the truth about Tellis

IT takes some stretching of credulity to believe that there’s nothing at all going on with regard to the position of Commodore Tellis Bethel.

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PETER YOUNG: Imagine a tidal wave of refugees like we saw from Vietnam... North Africa ... Syria - but this time it’s from Haiti

So much has been written recently about the treatment of Haitians post-Dorian that I hesitate to comment further. But criticism of the Government, both here at home as well as overseas, has been growing and this prompts me to address the issue again.

McAlpine helps distribute relief to over 700 people in need on Grand Bahama

PINERIDGE MP Rev Frederick McAlpine distributed hurricane relief items to over 700 residents in Grand Bahama yestserday at his constituency headquarters in Freeport. McAlpine and his wife Tracey were front and centre under a tent packing and handing

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Former Commander: Bethel holiday 'utter nonsense'

A former commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force last night dismissed Commodore Tellis Bethel’s enforced leave from the organisation as “utter nonsense”.

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NIB dispute - staff now up the ante

EMPLOYEES of the National Insurance Board are on “work to rule” after their strike vote was deemed invalid on Friday.

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Marijuana report hits new delay

THE BAHAMAS National Commission on Marijuana has requested another deadline extension, but hopes this time a report can be submitted before the end of November.

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THEY RAN BREANNA DOWN LIKE ANIMALS: Sister tells court how gang stabbed teen over $80 cellphone

THE older sister of teenage mother Breanna Mackey tearfully recounted yesterday how five girls who were supposed to be her sister’s friends ran her down “like a dog” in the street and brutally mobbed her over an $80 smartphone last year.

Digital printer gains $215,000 from RBC

A digital printing company has obtained $215,000 in loans from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) through the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC). Juluis Tinker started Kevco Printing, a large format digital printing company, as an auxiliary market

Renewable adoption hit by 'out of sync' approvals

A renewable energy provider yesterday said an eight month to four-year approvals process featuring “out of sync” government agencies is the greatest obstacle to the technology’s adoption. Philip Holdom, president of Alternative Power Supply (APS), s

Development Bank to expand services

The Bahamas Development Bank is aiming to expand its products and services using existing powers provided under its founding Act, its managing director says. Dave Smith pledged that the institution is seeking to to incubate emerging or struggling in

AG named CFATF deputy chairman

Carl Bethel QC, the attorney general and minister of legal affairs, has been named deputy chair of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF). A CFATF ministers’ meeting was held in Miami at the end of August 2019 during which Mr B

Boost productivity to end business ease stagnation

The Bahamas must match increased business costs with “productivity and efficiency” improvements to reverse its ‘ease of doing business’ stagnation, the private sector urged yesterday.Christel Sands-Feaste, chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s (BCCEC) ‘

Monday, October 28

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Dorian death toll rises to 67 as two more bodies found

POLICE have recovered the remains of two unidentified bodies in Abaco, bringing the official death toll from Hurricane Dorian to 67.

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10282019 EDITION

Monday, 28th October, 2019.

EDITORIAL: End the tribalism for the sake of the public

“Deeply tribal, mediocre and unproductive.”

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Smaller oil spill is still bad news, says Darville

DESPITE Equinor revealing that the amount of crude oil which spilled from its Grand Bahama site was less than previously announced, Save the Bays chairman Joseph Darville said this does not diminish the catastrophic impact upon the island’s environme

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Minister needs to 'speak the truth', says BUT chief

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson accused Education Minister Jeff Lloyd of not being forthcoming about the issues at Carlton Francis Primary School and CH Reeves Junior High. Speaking to reporters outside Church of God of Prophecy o

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INSIGHT: Why a more informed citizenry is critical to advancing our democracy

AFTER a week where the news cycle covered the usual – the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and immigration issues - what also crept into the spotlight was the face-off between the Bahamas Christian Council and LGBTIQ and human rights advocates Rights Bahamas.

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INSIGHT: ‘Our university must be a reflection of where we want our country to be’

Let’s begin by establishing my view that University of The Bahamas (UB) is the primary strategic institution for building a strong Bahamas.

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INSIGHT: An opportunity to pause, think and remember we’re all human, Haitians too

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, a great deal of public conversation has focused on the injunction prohibiting demolition of communities of Haitian ethnicity called shanty towns.

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World bank drops Bahamas 'ease of doing business' ranking

AS THE World Bank has dropped The Bahamas a spot in its ease of doing business rankings, Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest has called its assessment a “misunderstanding”.The Bahamas has dropped one notch in the ease of doing business rankings -

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Top realtor: 'Not enough affordable housing'

A top realtor has expressed concern over the high cost of homes in The Bahamas - and a shortage of affordable housing, saying: "The cost of owning the Bahamian dream of having your own home is far outpacing the majority of Bahamians because in today's economy affordable housing just doesn't exist."

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Cooper calls for 'czar' to handle business reform

Progressive Liberal Party deputy leader, Chester Cooper, has called for a “czar” to spearhead the government’s attempts to improve the ease of doing business in The Bahamas.At the same time Mr Cooper also said government funding to help small and med

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IDB to host digitisation workshop for govt project

THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be hosting a kick-off workshop for the government’s new digitisation project unit next month. Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson said the workshop will be held November 11-15. The project

Giants rout high flyers in NPBA season opener

THE New Providence Basketball Association tipped off its 2019-20 season Saturday night at the AF Adderley Gymnasium with a championship rematch in Division II.

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Without Ayton, Suns get 130-122 win over Clippers

PHOENIX (AP) — It had been a downright depressing 24-hour stretch for the Phoenix Suns, who found out their starting centre was suspended for 25 games and then immediately lost to the Denver Nuggets by one point in overtime.

Rugby: Cuckoos get 15-12 win over Buccaneers

THE ALIV Nassau Cup kicked off last Saturday at the Winton Rugby Centre with the challengers in action looking to take an early advantage in the standings.

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Huskies add to Bahamian pipeline on sidelines, court

THE St Mary’s Huskies added to their Bahamian pipeline on the sidelines and on the court as they look to contend in the Atlantic University Sport conference and Canada’s U Sports Division.

News and comment should be separate

The country needs quality and fair newspapers. It needs these guardians to demand answers from power brokers. The Government, the church, companies, or anyone else who holds power, influence and authority should be scrutinized and held to account by a fearless, free and fair press.

Show respect to the office

Basic food items and the long list of Price Controlled Food items carry zero Duty.... hope Talk Show Hosts and their side-kicks will stop misleading the public.

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WORLD VIEW: Caribbean business community stands to lose from de-risking

THE business community in the Caribbean – both foreign and local – has made no collective statement and taken no joint position on the process of de-risking and the withdrawal of correspondent banking relations (CBRs) with which all Caribbean countries have been plagued since 2015.

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One man is shot and another stabbed in separate incidents

TWO men are in hospital after separate shooting and stabbing incidents on the weekend. Police said a New Providence man was shot after 11pm on Saturday. The victim was standing near a business on Providence Avenue, Chippingham, when he was approache

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SAC honours former pupils

FOURTEEN movers and shakers in the country, all graduates of St Augustine’s College, were recognised by the high school’s alumni association during a special awards ceremony and gala on Saturday. This is the second annual event, with plans in the w

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NIB begs union - settle dispute

THE National Insurance Board called on the Union of Public Officers to de-escalate its issues to reach an amicable solution that won’t disrupt the pension and other benefit payments to residents who rely on NIB.

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Out of touch: Former Speaker blasts ‘mediocre, tribal’ Parliament

THE Minnis administration-led Parliament is “deeply tribal,” “mediocre” and “unproductive”, according to former House Speaker Dr Kendal Major.

Sunday, October 27

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UPDATED: Suspect dies in police shootout

One of two men taken to hospital after a car chase and shootout with police on Friday afternoon has died of his injuries. A third man remains at large.

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Blackout misery back for families

BAHAMAS Power and Light expects an end “soon” to vexing load shedding that angered many over the weekend.

Friday, October 25

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Friday, 25th October, 2019.

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10252019 WEEKEND

Friday, 25th October, 2019.

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Pigeon Peas debris 'virtually' cleared

NEARLY two months after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the northwestern Bahamas, debris from the Pigeon Peas shantytown in Abaco has “virtually” been cleared and work on the Mudd has already started, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

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Doctors Hospital providing free therapy for those impacted by Dorian

IN an effort to provide mental health support in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Doctors Hospital is offering free therapy sessions for persons who were impacted by the Category Five storm.

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NIB strike action postponed

STRIKE action by the employees of the National Insurance Board has been postponed until further notice, according to Director of Labour John Pinder.

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Two jailed for stealing and causing harm

A Freeport Magistrate sentenced two men to four years in prison after they pleaded guilty to charges of stealing and causing harm on Friday.

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One in seven suffering from diabetes in the Bahamas

WITH one in seven of the population suffering from diabetes, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands is urging Bahamians to make more healthy lifestyle choices to prevent getting the disease.

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Man in hospital after stabbing

A MAN is in hospital after he was stabbed on Thursday, police said.

EDITORIAL: Still too much confusion

A SMALL but significant step took place yesterday in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian - the Missing Persons Help Desk was deactivated.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: This attempt to muzzle the media is laughable

ONCE again irony has collided with hypocrisy within the FNM, and it’s the perfect recipe for a good belly laugh.

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Majority of dome structures set to arrive

A MAJORITY of the government’s 250 dome structures for displaced Abaco families are expected to be on the island today, according to Iram Lewis, minister of state for disaster preparedness, management and reconstruction. There is still no definitive

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Move to cut job losses at Baker's Bay

WITH the unemployment rate expected to rise in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Labour Director John Pinder said yesterday the government is in talks with Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club to reduce the number of employees being let go.“Abaco is in really

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Calsey Johnson, former diplomat and Senator, dies

FORMER diplomat and Senator Calsey Johnson died yesterday, prompting an outpouring of condolences. Former Prime Minister Perry Christie said news of Mr Johnson’s death left him deeply saddened. He remembered the former broadcaster as “a great patriot

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Ambulances donated to hospital

THE National Emergency Medical Services’ ambulance fleet was boosted after the DemersBraun-Crestline group – an ambulance manufacturer based in Quebec, Canada — recently donated two ambulances to the Public Hospitals Authority. The donation brings t

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Straw Market Authority 'heartless' for stall closures

“HEARTLESS and unjust” is what the Straw Business Persons Society is calling the “arbitrary” October 14 holiday closure of more than 190 stalls by the Straw Market Authority (SMA).In an open letter sent to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Deputy P

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Central Bank governor: 'The system needs time to recover'

CENTRAL Bank governor John Rolle said yesterday that banks should have comfortable amounts of capital to absorb losses from Abaco and Grand Bahama storm damage - but only “may” be able to withstand losses if a comparable storm was to hit New Providen

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Baha Mar to host regional tourism event

Baha Mar is to a host major regional tourism event in January in conjunction with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

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Maynard: Only third world countries use BPL engines

Only third world countries use the type of engines used by Bahamas Power and Light (BPL), said Bahamas Electrical Workers Union president Paul Maynard.Mr Maynard was responding to a video by BPL’s chief executive officer, Whitney Heastie, and an arti

Exuma chamber chief calls into question the 'exploitation' by government systems

THE president of the Exuma Chamber of Commerce, Pedro Rolle, has hit out “exploitation” from the system of governance in The Bahamas.Speaking at this year’s Exuma Outlook yesterday, Mr Rolle said: “For a number of years now, we’ve been proclaiming th

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‘Buddy’ scores 28 in loss to Ayton and Suns

DEANDRE Ayton and the Phoenix Suns got the edge in their first matchup of the season against Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings.

Why the pension delay?

Minister Brensil Rolle, Minister responsible said to be of NIB and Ms Rolle at NIB.

Mr Chipman shows how it can be done

Great Britain has no written constitution. In other words, unlike the Bahamas, it has no system codified into one document.

Christmas in October is no way to do business

Bahamas Paradise Cruises…Didn’t Government cancel the Nassau-US-Florida leg because of objection from the Chamber of Commerce and the detrimental effect the service was having?

Time to find out which protocol takes precedence

Our new National Honours Awards or as they are being awarded The Bahamas Re-Run Awards........ there had to be more persons who had received Queen’s honours receiving the National awards to make it a joke ...... surely if a person has received their CMG-MBE-OBE or knighthood that’s enough awards as they came from the Monarch – Her Majesty the Queen of the Bahamas.

‘Occupy’ becomes official non-profit, makes strides in reaching youth

Now that his mentorship programme has reached the major milestone in being recognised as an official non-profit organisation, gospel artist Ricardo Clarke said he can demonstrate his faith in a practical way to impart wisdom to young people.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Stuck in the spider’s web of the great credit card machine

If you ever want to waste a morning, try to cancel a credit card. In life, there are challenges and then there is the challenge of unwanting and ditching, whether online or by phone, a four-inch plastic card that holds the power of purchasing anything you want with an insertion, swipe or scan.

Prayer Grotto celebrates 20 years of being ‘a monument of hope’

The Trinity City of Praise is celebrating 20 years of leading nation-wide prayers to save The Bahamas and its people. The anniversary event for Trinity City’s Prayer Grotto takes place this Friday at 7.30 pm at the sanctuary on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.

Bishop Boyd: Church’s reputation rests on individual behaviour

Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd is calling on Anglicans to be more intentional about their discipleship in Christ, to always let their behaviour reflect their faith, and to not repel others from the Church by displaying unchristian attitudes.

Anchored in Christ

Most of us would be familiar with an anchor which is typically used to moor a vessel to the bottom of the sea. For believers there can be no greater experience than being secured, fastened and anchored in Christ. We might face various difficulties in life, but we are not fearful because we have an anchor.

Lawyer seeking readmission to the bar

A LAWYER, disbarred 18 years ago after $400,000 allegedly went missing from a client’s account, is seeking readmission to the roll of the Bahamas Bar Council. The council will hear Leon Smith’s application for restoration to the roll on October 30 a

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Woman pleads guilty to harbouring two Haitian nationals

A BAHAMIAN woman accused of harbouring undocumented migrants and six Haitian nationals were arraigned this week in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court for breach of the Immigration Act.Rossena Ulysse, 29, of Pearl Drive, appeared on Tuesday in Court Thre

Mediation: Healthy and happy – PART I

There is much talk today about healthy lifestyles, and that is a very serious subject. For some of us it is a minor adjustment, for others of us this calls for the death of a way of life. The Bible offers many guidelines, but the foundational truths have to do with our attitudes to our own bodies, minds and spirit:

Recovery season

It’s time to believe in God for an overflow! It’s time to recover what the enemy had stolen from the Body of Christ.

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THE PRESS BOX: Cowboys get Bennett from Patriots for late-round pick

AS the NFL trade deadline rapidly approaches, the Dallas Cowboys made a move yesterday, acquiring three-time Pro Bowl DE Michael Bennett from the New England Patriots.

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Panthers top Mingoes, stay undefeated at 5-0

THE University of the Bahamas Mingoes got close but could not get over the defending NPVA women’s champions Panthers and fell in three sets at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Wednesday.

NPBA Opening night on Saturday

THE New Providence Basketball Association will be back in action this weekend to tip off its 2019-20 season.

Hitmen stop the Truckers 7-0 to win NPSA title

THERE would be no backdoor sweep this year in the New Providence Softball Association’s men’s championship series.

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Volunteers’ permits - they should be free

AS the government defends its decision to mandate work permits for relief volunteers entering The Bahamas, a Haitian-Bahamian advocate has called the policy “sickening”, urging officials to immediately reverse it.

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Gay, straight - just why does it matter?

RESIDENTS are criticising the apparent hypocrisy of the Bahamas Christian Council for planning to host an anti-LGTBI rally yet turning a supposed blind eye to pressing national issues.

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Atlantis death - suicide or murder?

THE older brother of a South African woman found hanged in a room at the Atlantis resort last year, yesterday urged a jury to find that his sister was murdered. He said the injuries found on her corpse did not point to a suicide.

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LEAVE THE PRESS ALONE, MR SPEAKER: MPs speak out on media attack and Assembly rules

GOVERNING party MPs called for a change to “archaic” parliamentary rules yesterday, with some expressing concern that the Minnis administration could be perceived as swaying toward the side of dictatorship and possible censorship of the country’s free press.

Fresh Market introduces charging for electric cars

A CHARGING station for electric cars has been installed at Solomon’s Fresh Market in Old Fort Bay. The station was recently installed in the parking lot at the store, allowing shoppers to charge their electric cars while they shop. Renea Bastian, vic

IAN FERGUSON: How you can practice better corporate citizenship

Most companies have engaged in some form of corporate social responsibility over the course of their business lifespan. Good corporate citizenship means that, in the normal course of business, a company is operating in ways that enhance society and t

Govt launches new port compliance unit

A COMPLIANCE unit has been set up to focus on ship and port security. The Ministry of Transport and Local Government launched the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Compliance Unit on Tuesday. It aims to provide oversight of the internatio

Thursday, October 24

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Deandre Ayton suspended for 25 games by NBA

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns plans for a quick rebuild have hit an unexpected snag.

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10242019 EDITION

Thursday, 24th October 2019.

EDITORIAL: Can the Speaker back up his words?

WHATEVER is going on with House Speaker Halson Moultrie?

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STATESIDE: Could the bureaucrats be the ones who bring the president down?

during Donald Trump’s three-year presidency, many Americans who are repulsed by his buffoonish lack of good manners and arrogant disregard for US law and political custom have comforted themselves with the notion that at least in several areas, a resolute resistance to some of his worst instincts could be found in the form of a perhaps unlikely source.

BUSINESS BITES: It’s time to call a halt to this colonial throwback and take control of Grand Bahama

The destruction, flooding and profound commercial dislocation wreaked by Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama has awakened the long-simmering debate about how the island is governed.

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Man critical in hospital with gunshot wounds

A MAN is in hospital nursing gunshot wounds after he was shot Tuesday night, police said. According to police, shortly after 10pm two men were sitting outside a residence on Wilson Tract off Wulff Road, when a gunman entered the yard and opened fire

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$460,000 paid out in benefits

THE National Insurance Board has paid out more than $460,000 in unemployment benefits to Abaco and Grand Bahama Hurricane Dorian victims. According to Public Service Minister Brensil Rolle, who has responsibility for NIB, 1,699 unemployment claims w

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Grand Bahama will get its new hospital, says Minnis

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said on Monday Grand Bahama would have “a hospital” as soon as possible but did not indicate whether a new facility will be built as previously promised during his party’s election campaign. He was questioned about wh

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Baker's Bay staff fear for their future

DAYS after Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club announced its closure and the redundancy of some of its positions, many workers are expressing uncertainty over their future. One employee — who asked to be identified as Mrs Higgs – said she received a cal

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I'LL BE BACK: Human rights lawyer Fred Smith recovering after paragliding accident in Italy

He’s normally fighting it out in court but today lawyer Fred Smith is in a new battle - to get back on his feet battling for justice.

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Chamber chief: Baker's Bay lay-offs 'temporary'

REDUNDANCIES made at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club are only temporary, insisted Abaco Chamber of Commerce president Ken Hutton, pictured, yesterday.Speaking to Tribune Business, Mr Hutton said there were no lay-offs at the club, only temporary redu

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Businesses urged not to miss out on Canton Fair

Subscriptions to the Canton Fair-China Export and Import Fair 2020 being organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation is low, says chief executive Jeffrey Beckles.Mr Beckles said that he feels that everyone is currently pre-occupi

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Beckles: Dorian presents opportunity to 'build on for the future'

There are significant opportunities following Hurricane Dorian, says Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation chief executive Jeffery Beckles.Mr Beckles said while Dorian has inflicted serious damage, it has also provided significant opportuni

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BPL exec works to upgrade 'archaic' state of equipment

THE chief executive of BPL, Whitney Heastie, said he was “stunned” by the state of equipment at the company in a new video released by the power supplier.Mr Heastie promised that upgrades are coming as he warned about the state of long-standing disre

Naughty's NFL Picks/Standings Week 8

1. NAUGHTY - 72-33-1

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Father fails to reduce his sentence for incest

A 50-year-old man has failed to convince a court that his two-decade sentence for having sexual relations with his nine-year-old daughter should be reduced because he is getting too old. The appellate tribunal of Justices Jon Isaacs, Stella Crane-Sc

Top real estate firm relocates to Downtown Nassau

BAHAMAS real estate brokerage firm Engel & Völkers is on the move - relocating its main shop from downtown Nassau to Lyford Cay.

We are all children of God

“Homosexuality is no disorder or illness, and can therefore not be subject to treatment. A ‘treatment’ with the only aim of changing sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual must be regarded as ethical malpractice, and has no place in the health system”.

Canada basketball: Bahamians set for tip-off this weekend

BAHAMIAN basketball players at Canada’s U Sports and CSAA levels will tip off regular season play this weekend after impressive showings on the exhibition circuit.

NPWBA to host All-Girls High School Tourney

THE New Providence Women’s Basketball Association will continue its recent tradition of hosting a preseason tournament for high school basketball players seeking for an opportunity to showcase their skills.

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Truckers get 5-3 win over Hitmen, Game 6 tonight

THE ladies’ champion was crowned while the men’s series was pushed to game six as the defending champions staved off elimination in the NPSA Championships.

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UB agrees deal for digital survey

A CONTRACT was signed yesterday by a government official and the University of the Bahamas to allow UB to conduct a survey to gather information that the government will use to measure the progress and success of digitisation in the public service.Sp

Furious NIB staff to vote on strike

Employees of the National Insurance Board protested yesterday after negotiations over a new industrial agreement failed.

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Straw vendors criticise 'heartless' decision to close stalls

STRAW vendors yesterday criticised the Straw Market Authority’s decision to close over 190 stalls at the market, citing it as an “unjust and heartless” move meant to drive them out of business.

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‘WE’LL STAND UP TO BIGOTS AND BULLIES’: Rights Bahamas warns churches on anti-gay stance

RIGHTS Bahamas has warned the Bahamas Christian Council that bullying or hate speech levelled at the LGBTI community will be met with forceful local and international opposition, and if needed, action in court.

Fred hits the spot this time

Fred McAlpine is an imperfect messenger. He lacks compassion for juvenile hurricane victims in Dominica, and often goes off script on the legislative agenda of his party. Who knew he was capable of a rational argument on a hot button issue?

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Zane making moves

Zane Knowles is looking to make an immediate impact in his adjustment to a new club, a powerhouse in the Greek Champions League.

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What’s this fake news, Mr Speaker?

HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie accused media in the country of “descending” to a certain level, adding it was an issue that needed addressing.

Time we had a dollar day

Minister Renward Wells, Minister for Transport, please hold a ‘dollar day’ to collect funds to offset the cost of purchasing for Road Traffic the plastic cards needed to print off new Driver’s Licences.

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Jail and fines for 15 more migrants

A 26-year-old Haitian woman’s two-month prison sentence was increased to a year and coupled with a fine yesterday because she gave immigration officers a false name out of fear when they arrested her last week.

BFSB to Latin America: We're open for business

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) held briefings in Brazil last week letting the Latin American market know that “The Bahamas is still open for business”.Minister for Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration Elsworth Johnson t

ART OF GRAPHIX: Building on client testimonials

Have you ever given someone a testimonial? Did they use it on their website? Did you feel honored and appreciated? Giving a testimonial increases your emotional bond with a business or with the person who asked. Imagine the results of making every on

Wednesday, October 23

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Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Pride and prejudice

“THE time is coming” were the words of Pineridge MP and pastor Frederick McAlpine recently on the subject of civil unions for same-sex partners. He might not have shared the memo with some of his fellow pastors.

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The Bahamas continues to be a nation that victimises and abuses the human and constitutional rights of people of Haitian ethnic origin

Leading human rights lawyer Fred Smith has strongly rejected the government’s response to complaints by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights about The Bahamas renewed deportation of undocumented migrants.

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THE ALICIA WALLACE COLUMN: Here we go again - the church seeking to control how we think

It was recently confirmed that Pride celebrations will be held in The Bahamas in October 2020. It is no surprise this announcement was closely followed by homophobic rhetoric, proclamations that The Bahamas is a Christian nation and that we should remain focused on hurricane relief and nothing else.

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Johnson defends decision to mandate work permits

IMMIGRATION Minister Elsworth Johnson yesterday defended the government’s decision to mandate work permits for Hurricane Dorian volunteers entering the Bahamas. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, Mr Johnson said the government still has an oblig

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Sands dismisses fears over lack of doctors on Abaco

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday dismissed the claims of a humanitarian worker who criticised the government and the Ministry of Health for a lack of resources in Abaco. On Monday, humanitarian worker Burke Bryant posted on Facebook that he

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We may get a black eye over immigration, warns bishop

ANGLICAN Archbishop Laish Boyd has warned that the country could “very easily get a black eye” from the international community if it does not handle the illegal immigration issue in a sensitive manner.

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Lloyd ‘disappointed’ by teachers’ actions

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd expressed disappointment in the actions of some of the teachers at CH Reeves Junior High School yesterday.

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Aid donations now standing at $7.4m

THE government has received $7.4m in donations through various channels in aid of Hurricane Dorian related efforts, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

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Youth, 16, on murder charge

A 16-year-old was arraigned yesterday, accused of the shooting death of a 44-year-old man in the Pitt Lane area last week.

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Grant Thornton to merge with Baker Tilly Gomez

A BAHAMIAN accounting firm whose work was “misrepresented” to conceal an alleged fraud, according to US federal regulators, is leaving its parent network to merge with another local office.

Clean Marine inks deal to open port facility in Freeport

A $1.5m deal to create the first “clean” port facility in The Bahamas will create around 45 permanent jobs in Grand Bahama.

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Chamber chief sceptical over GBPA help for businesses

Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce chairman Gregory Laroda welcomed the move by government to make $10m available to help businesses after Hurricane Dorian - but doubted that it would be matched by the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA).

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FACE TO FACE: Standing tall - and always together

The epitome of brotherly love is displayed between Dr Victor Horsley and his two elder brothers, Barton and Neil.

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Development bank partners with BTVI in $4.7m training venture

A $4.7m PROJECT was launched yesterday to boost skills training in The Bahamas.

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WSC agrees deal to expand GPS tracking system

THE Water and Sewerage Corporation signed a contract yesterday for the expansion of its GPS tracking solution, which will help support improvements within its operations. Speaking at the contract signing, WSC Executive Chairman and Long Island MP Ad

Be strong, today and tomorrow

The aftermath, rescue, recovery and ongoing restoration from hurricane Dorian was hailed with #Abacostrong and #GBStrong sentiments of optimism and faith to rebuild.

No way out

The Prime Minister and the Attorney-General have made it clear that any “amnesty period” after Dorian has ended and that Government will now rigidly enforce laws requiring repatriation of undocumented immigrants, or else lock them up. That’s fine as a legal principle, but realistically how will it be executed?

Emission question

What is the level of emissions pollution of the cruise ships in Nassau Harbour — Half Moon Cay — Coco Cay upcoming MSC Cay/Ocean Cay and Disney?

Hypocrisy of awards system

Queen’s Honours and now National Honours — who should receive them?

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo invested with national honour

The postseason awards continue for Shaunae Miller-Uibo as she was officially invested with her National Honour - the Order of Lignum Vitae - yesterday at Government House.

26-year-old being treated for malaria

A BAHAMIAN resident who had recently travelled to Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean is being treated for malaria, the Ministry of Health revealed yesterday.

BAAA to celebrate athletes, assist in hurricane relief effort

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAAs) is set to launch a community outreach initiative to celebrate athletes and assist in the post-Hurricane Dorian restoration effort.

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Sunshine Auto Wildcats clinch NPSA title

IT wasn’t the four-game sweep they expected, but the Sunshine Auto Wildcats clinched the New Providence Softball Association Ladies titles.

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Vilmar, Petion on ‘Grizzly’ roster for upcoming season

THE country’s basketball pipeline to Missouri West Plains Grizzlies continues this season with a pair of Bahamians on the roster for the upcoming season.

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Buddy Hield: ‘I’m just thankful that we got to an agreement’

AS a member of the Sacramento Kings for the foreseeable future, Buddy Hield said the focus now returns to the basketball court and getting his Kings to the playoffs.

Ayton and Suns host Hield and Kings tonight

THE NBA officially tipped off last night, but the marquee game for the Bahamas takes place tonight as the country’s biggest names in the sport face off in their first regular season head-to-head matchup.

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Darville asks: Is Grand Bahama project credible?

SENATOR Dr Michael Darville is questioning the “credibility” of government’s Heads of Agreement for a new $64 million medical school in Grand Bahama.

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‘Church promoting anti-gay violence’

THE Bahamas Christian Council has used “trickery” and encouraged violence against the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community, instead of rejecting continued injustices toward the minority group as the organisation is mandated to do.

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Deportee’s return ends in jail term

A Haitian man who was previously deported was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday for coming back into the country under a fake name and trying to apply for a work permit with a fake letter of approval.

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Child patients hit by drug shortage

THE worldwide shortage of the drug vincristine, which is used to treat cancer among children and teens, had an impact on local treatment, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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DEMOLITION BAN ‘MUST BE LIFTED’ – Minnis orders AG: Get shanty town order thrown out

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has instructed Attorney General Carl Bethel to petition the court to lift a standing injunction that prohibits the government from demolishing shanty towns in the country.

Tuesday, October 22

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10222019 EDITION

Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Union pays price for wrong tactics

WHEN junior doctors walked out on strike in August, initially there was sympathy for the medics, but that sympathy ran out very quickly.

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After battling the hurricane, residents now face an infestation of rodents and flies

RESIDENTS in Hudson Estates, Grand Bahama, are very concerned about the large piles of debris that have been left in that private subdivision since the passage of Hurricane Dorian seven weeks ago.They complained that the mounds of debris and garbage

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Morton Salt industrial action concludes

A long-awaited Industrial Agreement was signed yesterday between the Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers & Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU) and Morton Salt Bahamas, ending a two-year industrial dispute.

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Freeport to get a school of medicine

A DEAL to open a school of medicine in Freeport is expected to make a $60m impact on the island of Grand Bahama.

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FATF calls for further steps on action

THE Bahamas has been praised for its efforts to tackle money laundering and the funding of terrorism in a new report by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - but Attorney General Carl Bethel said experts wanted to see further steps taken by the country.

New acting port controller

THE government has announced that Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright has been appointed as the new acting port controller. He is responsible for all government operated port facilities within the country. As port controller, he oversees the inspectio

Conchman Triathlon promotes physical fitness for 33rd year

THOUGH Grand Bahama is still in recovery mode after Hurricane Dorian, plans are still in motion for one of the oldest triathlon in the country to take place.

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Enjoy sunrise exercise for hurricane relief

LIKE many others in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, fitness instructor Regina Smith researched organisations she could donate to in order to do her part in the recovery effort.

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Relief for headaches

A significant health problem in today’s society is headaches. Not only are they painful and debilitating to the people who have them, they cause lost productivity, which can cost in the millions of dollars.

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Hearing loss and the whole person

The month of October is deemed Audiology Awareness Month by the American Academy of Audiology. In honour of this month it is certainly incumbent upon me to share how important hearing is to our overall health and well-being.

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Got kidney pain? Are you stoned?

Kidney stones are relatively common, occurring in approximately 12 per cent of men and six percent of women per year. Why more men than women is mostly due to a man’s diet. Kidney stones are quite common across all age groups.

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Life Lines - Managing stress: Work from home

Are you tired of the aggravation of the slow daily commute and the stress of looking out for careless or dangerous drivers, not to mention the wear and tear on your vehicle?

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You Go Girl – Des dreams of stimulating small business growth in the Bahamas

Businesswoman Desiree Major-Corneille describes herself best as an innovator and homesteader at heart.

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‘In sickness and in health’: Husband fights alongside wife on the front lines against breast cancer

The true test of the wedding vow to have and to hold your spouse “in sickness and in health” came for the Delvon Millers when his wife, Judy Lundy Miller, was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago.

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Bahamians form BESF – Bahamas Esports Federation

WHILE it started out as something to do as a hobby, a group of Bahamians saw the need to take the world of competitive, organised video gaming between two or more players to another level.

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Knowles-Tener leads Cavaliers with 5.5 sacks

IN his second season with the University of Virginia-Wise Cavaliers, Rondre Knowles-Tener has become a force on the defensive line.

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McPhee-McCuin and Rebels take centre stage at SEC Media Day

YOLETT McPhee-McCuin and her Ole Miss Rebels women’s basketball programme took centre stage at SEC Media Day.

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St Fleur, Whylly named to CONCACAF Nations League Team of the Week

A PAIR of Bahamian players were recognised by CONCACAF among the best in the region following the latest round of Nations League Play.

Protocol, please

Oil spill at Equinor-Riding Rock conservatively 120,000 gallons of crude oil from tanks that were not built to withstand more than 140mph winds and clearly a low biometric pressure popped their lids spilling-spraying ‘000’s of thick black crude. Wednesday next when the House meets after Cabinet Tuesday I expect PM to advise that Government has discontinued all discussions with OBAN. If PM doesn’t then the public has to ask.....who are the people behind OBAN?

Let's stand together

Thank you for this opportunity of commenting on the recovery efforts following Hurricane Dorian’s devastating impact. As a second home owner in Marsh Harbour, I have recently returned from 10 days of recovery work in Abaco and am pleased to report that solid progress is being made following this unprecedented catastrophe.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: Following in some mighty footsteps

Since the US media tends to concentrate on domestic news and, nowadays, in particular on the behaviour and tribulations of their President, it is hardly surprising that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Pakistan last week has not attracted much attention this side of the Atlantic. During a jam-packed five-day tour, which was the first royal visit there for a decade, the general view has been that they did not put a foot wrong on what was their own first trip to the country and that overall it was an outstanding success.

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‘Buddy’ agrees to $94m

Buddy Hield concluded his contract negotiations with the Sacramento Kings and reached the most lucrative deal ever signed by any Bahamian athlete.

Harbour Island developers looking forward to 'untangling the red tape'

A HARBOUR Island development company yesterday said a judge’s order for it to stay construction until it gets the requisite approvals from the relevant authority was just an issue of “red tape.”

Greek archbishop visits scene of hurricane

GREEK Archbishop Elpidophoros travelled from New York to The Bahamas last week to meet with government officials, visit with the local Greek Orthodox congregation and view first-hand the devastation wrought in Abaco and Grand Bahama by Hurricane Dori

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That's a lame excuse, says union chief

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson released a statement yesterday dismissing Education Director Marcellus Taylor’s “lame excuse” as to why 100 newly recruited teachers are still at home waiting to be employed and assigned to public sc

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Woman robbed after taking cash from ATM

NEW Providence police are searching for the man who robbed a woman of cash shortly after she withdrew money from an ATM on Saturday. Police said the woman had just taken money out of the ATM on Wulff Road when she was approached by an armed man who

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Another murder pushes 2019 total up to 88

Police were last night on the scene of a homicide in Excellence Estates off Golden Isles Road where an adult male was confirmed dead. This killing brought the murder count for the year up to 88. An increase on last year when, as of October 21, 2018, The Tribune’s records show there were 71 murders up until that point.

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PM defends commodore’s leave

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has defended the government’s decision to send Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel on three months’ vacation leave, saying despite the move, all “throttles” have been pushed to ensure recovery continues on storm-torn islands.

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‘Dome city’ will be in use two years

The $6.4m temporary dome city in Abaco is expected to only be in use for two years, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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200 jobs with new Grand Bahama medical school

A HEADS of Agreement was signed yesterday by the government for a new medical school in Freeport to be built in phases at an overall investment of $64.2 million over a 10-year period.

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Doctors’ strike ruled unlawful

THE Bahamas Doctors Union has been prohibited from engaging in any form of industrial action over millions in outstanding holiday pay, after a Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday that the group’s recent strike action was unlawful.

Monday, October 21

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Two die in Abaco crash horror

TWO men are dead and two others are in the hospital following a horrific two-car collision that occurred in Abaco early Monday morning.

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10212019 EDITION

Monday, 21st October, 2019.

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10212019 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Monday, 21st October, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Government headstrong over immigration

NEVER mind what other people are saying, the Bahamas government is going to do things its own way.

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WORLD VIEW: CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti despite its president’s failure

HAITI is in turmoil again. This time the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) cannot be criticised for inaction, but questions must be asked about others in the hemispheric community who have been silent about the political and humanitarian situation in the country.

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INSIGHT: This is an inherited crisis that we are trying to clear up

This summer, customers of Bahamas Power and Light have yet again endured frustrating periods of load-shedding as generation capacity has failed to meet demand for electricity. Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis, was correct – this was a crisis for families who could not cook meals, small business owners who could not complete transactions, and every Bahamian who had their daily life disrupted by these periods without power.

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INSIGHT: Chipman’s lone voice may be an example for others to follow

AMID the political fallout from the government’s handling of Hurricane Dorian was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

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INSIGHT: Will we learn from the Equinor oil spill?

On August 31 Hurricane Dorian slammed into Grand Bahama, ravaging the landscape, devastating communities and tearing lives apart. It destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, ruined vital infrastructure and left so many families grieving for their loved ones.

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Abaco airport security staff in walkout

A SMALL group of Leonard M Thompson International Airport security officers walked off the job last week, but the situation never compromised the already strained operations of the facility, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.Accordin

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Like so many missing - silence

IT has been seven painstaking and worrisome weeks for relatives of Tanario Lowe, an Abaco native not heard from since the day before Hurricane Dorian destroyed the island. “We don’t know what to think or what to do, or where to go from here,” his si

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WTO delay: We must get on with it

A prominent Freeport attorney says he is extremely disappointed in comments made by The Bahamas’ World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) chief negotiator, Zhivargo Laing that it is '95 percent unlikely' that the government will accede to the WTO during this current term.

Construction industry experts unite in Dorian aftermath

A Bahamian Construction Alliance is recommending the government deputize industry professionals to assist with the building assessment and permit approval processes.

Welcome for clarity in awarding government contracts

A local contractor has welcomed the new Public Procurement Draft Bill put forward by the government for consultation believing it would fix the lack of transparency in the government bidding process.

GB airport back in operation next month

Grand Bahama International Airport is set to welcome its first international commercial flight - post Hurricane Dorian - on November 15.

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Man shot dead in Pinewood Gardens

Police are investigating after a man was shot dead in Pinewood Gardens on Sunday night.

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Harbour Island project ‘unlawful’

A HARBOUR Island development must make an application to the “appropriate authority” and receive the requisite approvals “in compliance with the law” if work is to ever resume on the project, a Supreme Court judge has ruled.

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Honouring ‘Knucklehead’

WILLIAM ‘Knucklehead’ Johnson set a pace that he thought by now would have been surpassed by one of the past distance runners in the country.

Hitmen stop Truckers, take 3-1 lead

For the second game in the series, Courtney Smith got a timely hit - this time a two-run home run - to help propel the pennant winning CS Hitmen to a 4-0 whitewashing of the defending champions Commando Security Truckers.In game four of their New Pro

Time to stop drilling for oil

I find it extremely disappointing and sad that our supposedly educated Prime Minister does not have the fortitude and strength to quash the idea of drilling for oil in The Bahamas, immediately.

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An epic voyage

Radio Y98’s Loyal Listener Sail Away took place on Saturday night onboard Nassau’s newest and only pirate ship - Blackbeard’s Revenge. Guests set sail on a new adventure with Y98’s Queens of the sea Saraan Bonny and Mary Jane Read along with Bosun D

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Trial for pair accused of killing mother

THE remaining two women accused of murdering teenage mother Breanna Mackey last year will stand trial tomorrow. Dervinique Edwards and Zaria Burrows will be tried before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson over allegations they murdered the 19-year-old on

Question of insurance

Are vehicles and equipment of the RBPF and RBDF insured?

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OAS chief congratulates PM

Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States, congratulated Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on the government’s leadership and response to Hurricane Dorian during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday

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NO BACKING DOWN ON DEPORTATIONS: Govt rejects UN’s concern over new migrant expulsions

THE government’s decision to resume deportation of undocumented migrants was “painstaking”, but came only after careful analysis at a time deemed appropriately humane and necessary, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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‘Why change RBDF top command now?’

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis has questioned whether the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s change in leadership will impact ongoing recovery efforts on storm-ravaged islands.

When it comes to Haiti, follow the money

In the search for motive, reason or rationale to explain the travesties, mysteries or controversies of life it is usually wise to follow the money.

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Gio Johnson records another win in latest bout in Thailand

GIOVANNI Johnson continues a successful training period in Thailand with another win in his latest Muay Thai bout. Johnson won via decision in his latest bout and now has five wins in professional fights during this current period training out of Tr

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‘Time to bin Oban after huge spill at refinery’

THE massive oil spill in Grand Bahama caused by Hurricane Dorian should be incentive enough for the government to reject the controversial Oban refinery proposal, an environmental watchdog has asserted.

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Mike Strachan puts up record setting numbers for the Golden Eagles

MIKE Strachan has put up record setting numbers on the football field for the University of Charleston Golden Eagles through just seven games thus far this season. The redshirt junior wide receiver currently leads the Mountain East Conference in nea

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Uibos and Gardiner celebrate feats at 17th IAAF Worlds

MAICEL Uibo is enjoying the festive celebrations he’s experiencing with his wife, Shaunae Miller-Ubo, and Steven Gardiner. He’s not sure what level of reception they will receive when they head to Estonia next month.Uibo is in town with his wife as s

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Warriors get 4-3 win over Wildcats, stave off elimination

DESPITE losing their potent batter Latoya Brown, their manger Richard Bain and coach Kelly Smith to an illegal substitution, the Inventive Intellect Warriors managed to avoid elimination in their best-of-seven championship against the defending champ

Spreading the message - open for business

A new advertising campaign is being launched by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) in an attempt to urge travel to The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Start up secures RBC $112k loans

A Cat Island company has secured $112,500 in investment loans from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) through the Access Accelerator, Small Business Development Centre (SBDC).

Sunday, October 20

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Accuweather SkyGuard SEVERE Weather Warning 1406 until 9pm

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Friday, October 18

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10182019 EDITION

Friday, 18th October, 2018.

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10182019 WEEKEND

Friday, 18th October, 2019.

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Bail for man accused of armed robberies

A YOUNG man allegedly flogged with a cutlass by police while in custody over a litany of armed robbery charges has been granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Jury finds police killing was lawful

A POLICE officer was justified in killing a man who shot him and his partner with a high-powered weapon after leading them on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle two years ago, a jury determined on Friday.

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BPL spends $1.6m on equipment to restore Abaco electricity

BAHAMAS Power and Light has spent just over $1.6m on equipment and materials as teams work to fully restore electricity in Abaco and its cays following Hurricane Dorian.

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Bannister: Construction needs to begin in Ragged Island

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister has admitted that construction needs to begin in Ragged Island.

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Three arrested after drugs found

THREE adult males were arrested after police recovered a quantity of illegal drugs in two separate incidents Thursday.

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Bodies of two missing since Dorian found on Grand Bahama

HUMAN remains of two missing persons were recently recovered in the last two days during post Hurricane Dorian searches conducted by Grand Bahama police, according to a senior police official on Friday, bringing the total number of the dead recovered here on the island to 11.

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Two rescued after cargo plane crashes into sea

Two men were rescued after a cargo plane crashed just off New Providence on Friday afternoon.

EDITORIAL: Migration problem is not going away

ENOUGH was enough today in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans when it comes to illegal immigration.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Fishing for a few good stories

After downing a few cold beers with fellow comedian Frankie Paul, down at Green Parrots, the topic of fishing came up.

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John Bull helps displaced students

JOHN Bull Group of Companies recently made a donation that will go towards uniforms for displaced students who are victims of Hurricane Dorian. Inga Bowleg, director of business development at John Bull Group of Companies, presented Patricia Minnis,

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GB and Abaco homes 'failed building code'

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister said many homes in Abaco and Grand Bahama contravened the country’s building code before Dorian made landfall. “I have seen so many homes in Abaco and in Grand Bahama that did not meet requirements of the code either

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Sorority helps clean up theatre

GRAND Bahama lost its only theatre – The Regency Theatre – which sustained severe flood damage during Hurricane Dorian. The Psi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc is lending a helping hand to clean and restore the 450-seat theat

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Justices: False affidavit by MP's company unacceptable

A FALSE affidavit from Fox Hill MP Shonel Ferguson’s investment company was part of the reason why it was not given another chance to overturn its eviction from a building it never paid real property taxes on since assuming responsibility for it some

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Davis warns of complaints and threats at Straw Market

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday criticised the Bahamas Straw Market Authority for “playing tough, fast and loose with people’s livelihoods”.Mr Davis said his office received complaints about alleged threats by the auth

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Wells LOI battle: 'It's finished now'

A $727.364m damages claim against Renward Wells and others was yesterday branded as “finished” after the firm at the centre of the Letter of Intent (LOI) controversy withdrew its appeal.Gregory Moss, the now-Cabinet minister’s attorney, told Tribune

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'Music to my ears' WTO 95% unlikely

Super Value’s principal yesterday said it was “music to my ears” to hear the government’s WTO chief negotiator state The Bahamas is almost certainly not joining under this administration.Rupert Roberts, who has vehemently opposed becoming a full Worl

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Govt targets 'best in class' over aviation

The government’s aircraft registry ambitions are critical to developing a “best in class aviation sector”, a Cabinet minister telling Tribune Business yesterday: “Now the journey begins.”Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Trib

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Appeal justice raises 'judicial activism' fear

A Court of Appeal judge has seemingly cautioned a colleague for straying into “judicial activism” in a case involving the termination of a 14-year veteran John Bull store manager.Appeal justice Stella Crane-Scott said “courts should avoid” straying i

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Ex-Atlantis staffer loses appeal over $300,000 fraud

A former Atlantis employee who masterminded a $300,000 fraud against the Paradise Island resort has seen her wrongful dismissal counter-claim dismissed by the Court of Appeal.It also upheld the hotel’s “breach of fiduciary duty” against Monteigne Cun

Same sex marriages and abortion

A local “failed“ politician who postures as a minister of The Gospel, Frederick McAlpine (FNM-Pineridge) had long sought entry into the House of Assembly as a representative from Grand Bahama.

Touched by human kindness

As I watched people dropped money into the receptacle it made me proud to be a Bahamian. And it gives me great pleasure in sending a big shoutout to the management and staff of KFC for the initiative they have taken to help bring relief to the victims of Hurricane Dorian.

‘Knucklehead’ Johnson Cross Country Championships set

FOR the third consecutive year, the Silver Lightning Track Club will honour one of the country’s premier middle-distance runners in staging the William ‘Knucklehead’ Johnson Cross Country Championships.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: In such dark days we all need a lighter moment

To the average reader, Page One of a newspaper contains the news they most need to know to get through the day. But in newspaper parlance or the world of those who have worked in the extremely underpaid and overworked world of journalism, there is only one part of Page One that truly matters. It’s called above the fold.

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THE PRESS BOX: On 3-game losing streak, Cowboys have ‘painfully obvious’ lack of coaching

THE problem with the Dallas Cowboys is not a lack of talent. It’s painfully obvious, it’s a lack of coaching. The Jason Garrett experiment as head coach has failed.

Blue Lagoon owner Meister dies

BUSINESSMAN Alfred Meister, owner of Blue Lagoon Island/Dolphin Encounters, died peacefully in his home in Cofresi, Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, on Tuesday, October 8.

The revelation of the phoenix – the conclusion

I wondered for a while how to conclude this series. What words could I use to adequately sum up ‘Phoenix Rising’? When we look at the phoenix we realise a few important truths about life:

Exuma’s Christian Academy shows unrelenting faith in God

As a faith-based school, it is important for the Exuma Christian Academy to have Christian values are embedded in every facet of the learning experience they offer.

Meditation: Will you love me when I’m old?

As more of us age gracefully and live longer, as families are more stressed and time and resources less available, this becomes a silent question in the hearts of many of our senior population: Will you love me when I am old? Will our families love and care for us? Will our churches love and remember us? Will our nation continue to provide for us?

GB businesses bid for near $4m in business grants

OF the $10m allocated for business recovery grants/loans to assist small businesses post-Hurricane Dorian, applications totalling close to $4m in requested funding have been submitted to date by impacted businesses on Grand Bahama. This is according

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'Get a mammogram - it might just save your life'

WITH high rates of breast cancer in the country, a local surgeon is urging Bahamian women to get routine mammograms.In support of breast cancer awareness month, Cleveland Clinic, Florida, hosted its first symposium on Wednesday to address the high pr

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Man accused of gun possession

A Freeport man was arraigned on firearm and ammunition possession charges in the Freeport Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Brandon Miller, 24, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson and faced charges of possession of an unlicensed f

Bigger roles for Rebels’ Miller and Hunter

BOTH Bahamian players on the Ole Miss Rebels men’s basketball roster will be relied on for contributions in the upcoming 2019-20 campaign.

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Gardiner, Uibos visit the Albany Academy

WORLD champion Steven Gardiner and silver medallists Shaunae Miller-Uibo and her husband, Maicel, visited the Albany Academy on Wednesday where they spent time with the students.

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Sprinter Bethel has some ‘lofty goals’

OVER the years, the Bahamas has seen a number of female sprinters who emerged on the international scene.

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‘Buddy’ Hield contract drama talk of the town

The drama continues around Buddy Hield’s contract negotiations with the Sacramento Kings.

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Undefeated Sands to headline ‘Rumble in The Bbay’

AMRON ‘Sandman’ Sands looks to step back into the ring and continue his undefeated streak next month.

Christmas thoughts

I believe today the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Service commences...what a great Christmas present to our wholesalers and retailers.

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‘We want out of here’

AFTER living in shelters for over a month, many evacuees still have nowhere to go.

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Suicide risk among Dorian’s survivors

HEALTH officials are concerned post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression could be affecting a large number of Hurricane Dorian victims from Abaco and Grand Bahama.

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LOCK THEM UP: Judge warns jail terms needed for illegal migrants

A JUDGE yesterday lamented that court fines do not seem to be a deterrent to illegal immigration and were “making things worse”, adding undocumented migrants will “go to jail for a longer time” if they keep coming to her court.

'We'll have to make one-cent end work'

Super Value’s principal yesterday said his Abaco interests had coped well after eliminating the one-cent coin last year, and added: “We’ll have to make it work here.”Rupert Roberts told Tribune Business that the retail industry and consumers will hav

Baha Mar's $300m spend aids Nassau 'renaissance'

A top tourism executive yesterday described Baha Mar’s $300m water park as the latest element in Nassau/Paradise Island’s “renaissance” as a tourism destination.Fred Lounsberry, president of the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board, told Tribune Bu

Atlantis in top travel honour

Atlantis, and its The Cove and The Reef properties, have been recognised in the Top 25 Resorts in the Atlantic category by Condé Nast Traveler.“It is an honour to accept this prestigious award on behalf of our magical Bahamian resort,” said Audrey Os

Thursday, October 17

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10172019 EDITION

Thursday, 17th October, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Govt must remember Rubis spill lesson

THE scale of the oil leak in Grand Bahama just keeps getting worse.

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STATESIDE: What went wrong for the man who was America’s Mayor?

A big headline in Washington this week has been the qualification of the city’s major league baseball team for its first World Series appearance since 1933.

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Chipman: I'm no sell out

INDEPENDENT MP Reece Chipman says he’s no political sell out following his resignation from the Free National Movement a week ago.Speaking for the first time at Parliament since he quit the governing party, Mr Chipman criticised partisan politics and

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Five million gallons spilled from Equinor oil facility

MORE than 100,000 barrels of oil - five million gallons - was spilled at the Equinor South Riding Point facility in East Grand Bahama during Hurricane Dorian, Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira said yesterday.To date, more than 35,000 barrels of o

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Tough times for Potter's Cay - but still helping storm victims

DESPITE growing tensions at Potter’s Cay Dock, vendors remain committed to doing their part to assist those who were adversely affected by Hurricane Dorian. Early last month, the Category Five Storm pummeled Abaco and Grand Bahama, destroying many h

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Public to foot bill for Archer killer's lawyer

KOFHE Goodman is to be assigned an attorney at the public’s expense to better enable him to appeal his latest sentence for murdering 11-year-old Marco Archer eight years ago, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.The appellate tribunal of Justices Jon

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More donations given to NEMA

DONATIONS continue to flow through the National Emergency Management Agency towards the relief efforts post Hurricane Dorian.On Friday, October 11, NEMA received cheques from the Central Bank of The Bahamas on behalf of its team members, and of the C

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495 unemployment claims after Hurricane Dorian

THE National Insurance Board has processed 495 unemployment claims related to Hurricane Dorian, according to Brensil Rolle, minister of public service with responsibility for NIB. In the House of Assembly yesterday, he said NIB and the Department of

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'Why trust govt that has neglected Ragged Island?'

THE “blatant reckless neglect” of Ragged Island residents more than two years after Hurricane Irma devastated the small island has led to mistrust of the Minnis administration, area MP Chester Cooper has said.This situation, Mr Cooper said yesterday,

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Bahamas to host Aqua X World Championships

The Bahamas’ sports tourism product is set to expand with a new initiative by the Atlantis resort, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board and P1 Aqua Cross (branded Aqua X) Racing.

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BPL class action in November ‘full flight’

A former Cabinet minister yesterday predicted his Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) class action lawsuit will be in “full flight” by end-November after gaining around 1,000 members.

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John Bull firing 'beyond the pale'

A Court of Appeal judge has ruled that John Bull went “beyond the pale” in firing a 14-year veteran store manager for drinking champagne at a promotional event staged by the company. Sir Michael Barnett found that the Bahamian luxury goods and offic

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Baha Mar shrugs off $10m dip with $300m expansion

Baha Mar yesterday shrugged off a “temporary” Hurricane Dorian-related $10m revenue decline by unveiling a $300m water park expansion that will increase its workforce by ten percent.

Procurement Bill can ‘remove veil’

A top engineer yesterday hailed the draft Public Procurement Bill as a tool that can “remove the veil” and “opaque processes” surrounding the award of multiple government contracts.

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Bahamasair loses $2m over Dorian

Bahamasair’s Hurricane Dorian-related losses “quickly spiral” above $2m due to a combination of evacuation costs and lost commercial flights, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

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NCAA: Clarke agrees to join Zips

BAHAMIAN prep basketball prospect Garvin Clarke is set to play at the NCAA Division I level after he verbally committed to an “in-state” programme.Clarke agreed to join the Akron Zips and play for head coach John Groce in Akron, Ohio.Clarke is set to

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Home Run Derby set for January 4

YOU can “save the date” for the third edition of The Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise.Organisers announced via social media that next year’s event will be hosted on January 4, 2020.The project is the brainchild of Todd Isaacs Jr (Colorado Rocki

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HORSE SHOW A BLAST AT MARIPOSA

EQUESTRIAN Bahamas launched the first show of the 2019-2020 season with a successful two-day event recently at Mariposa Stables. The show was judged by USEF ‘R’-rated judge Doug Bruce of Delray Beach, Florida, according to a press release. “Classes

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'Buddy' Hield: 'I know what I'm worth'

NEGOTIATIONS continue between Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings with just days remaining for the parties to reach an agreement on a contract extension. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the two sides remain $20 million apart after the Ki

Chipman's political judgement

Before he packed up his Georgie-bundle, threw a hissy fit and stormed out of the FNM, Centreville MP Reece Chipman should have bothered to learn a thing or two about partisanship.

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Students learn about trafficking

AS part of the entity’s ongoing community outreach programmes, secretary of the Trafficking In Persons Secretariat, Corrections Corporal Keva Sherman (pictured) spoke to T G Glover Primary School sixth grade students on the topic of trafficking in ch

The great equaliser

We were all fortunate to have had a lesson that we should have learned from. But judging from how we have been talking and treating each other, we still believe that we are in control and the we are better than others. We hate people from our own region, our forefathers, and most interestingly, our family.

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Crown loses bid to add jail time for former prison officer

A FORMER prison officer remains a free man after the Crown lost its bid to have him committed to prison for attempting to smuggle $1,000 worth of drugs into the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services earlier this year. Appellate Justices Jon Is

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Hunt for gunman after robbery

POLICE are looking for the gunman who robbed a man of cash in a parking lot on Mackey Street on Tuesday. The victim was robbed shortly after 9am when a gunman approached him in the business’ parking lot and stole a bag containing cash. The thief es

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US embassy to host college fair

THE US Embassy in Nassau will host the fifth annual EducationUSA College Fair at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort on October 26-27. US Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers has urged Bahamian students to attend. Interested students can sign up for the fai

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MAR-VELLOUS: Resort unveils $300m expansion with water park

BAHA MAR is set to launch a $300m phase of development that will provide jobs for up to 500 people and involve a major water park and entertainment amenity known as Baha Mar Bay.

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King in charge as commodore takes three months of leave

RAYMOND King, pictured, the newly appointed deputy commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, will act as the commander of the organisation as Commodore Tellis Bethel goes on three months vacation leave today.

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Now McAlpine attacks evacuation law - and PM

PINERIDGE MP Frederick McAlpine said yesterday it makes no logical sense to legislate mandatory evacuations without first having safe places on every island to send evacuees.

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Govt ‘should be ashamed’ over deportation criticism

THE Minnis administration should be ashamed for being “dressed down” by the United Nations Human Rights Council over its policy on migrants affected by Hurricane Dorian, Rights Bahamas said yesterday.

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Staying to rebuild amid the rubble

QUEEN’S Cove has flooded many times, but residents say the flooding they saw in their homes from Hurricane Dorian surpassed all other previous storms on Grand Bahama.

Tribune NFL picks, standings - Week 7

1. NAUGHTY - 61-30-1 2. CLINT J - 57-34-1 2. SANTXO Z - 57-34-1 4. DuVAUGHN E - 55-36-1 5. (AP) - 54-37-1 6. JOHN S - 52-39-1 6. LEO B - 52-39-1 8. STEVIE J - 47-44-1 NAUGHTY Chiefs Bills Colts Jaguars Giants 49ers Vikings Pac

Bahamian entrepreneurs in services export insight

The Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) teamed with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) to host a global export workshop for entrepreneurs. The three-day workshop, titled Services Go Global , was conducted by Dr Nsombi Jaja, a CEDA c

$44m Exuma airport 'to tender in two weeks'

A senior government official yesterday said the works package for the $44m redevelopment of Exuma International Airport will be put out to tender within the next two weeks.Algernon Cargill, director of aviation, told Tribune Business ahead of next we

Govt: No VAT on insurance claims

The Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday said it had moved swiftly to “pre-empt” erroneous social media claims that VAT is being charged on Dorian claims payouts. Marlon Johnson, acting financial secretary, told Tribune Business that the min

Cruise lines unveils Nassau hotel options

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line says travel advisors can offer clients sailing with it the option of staying at multiple Nassau hotels following the launch of its latest itinerary. The cruise line said the all-inclusive Meliá Nassau Beach Resort at Cab

Technology enhances Dorian damage study

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Ministry of Public Works are employing new technology to conduct building damage assessments in the Dorian-hit islands. “In the past, data collection was a tedious process; information was coll

Wednesday, October 16

10162019 EDITION

Wednesday, 16th October, 2019.

VIDEO: Buildings destroyed in Harbour Island gas station fire

AT LEAST two buildings were destroyed in a blaze Wednesday night after a gas station erupted into flames in Harbour Island.

EDITORIAL: Time to talk about civil unions?

IS the time right to have a conversation about civil unions for gay couples and the legalisation of abortion?

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ALICIA WALLACE: Where does loyalty lie - with the party or the voters?

With Member of Parliament for Centreville Reece Chipman’s departure from the Free National Movement, there is been quite a bit of talk about loyalty.

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'Don't send me to jail, I have bullets inside me'

A 23-year-old man charged with murder yesterday claimed he isn’t “fit” for jail because he has two bullets lodged in his upper body. Stephon Davis, upon being remanded for allegedly killing Anthony Wright, said he has a bullet in the back of his hea

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Falling trade and threats if they talk to the media - troubles facing Potter's Cay vendors

VENDORS at Potter’s Cay Dock yesterday expressed continued frustration with authorities over ongoing concerns at the dock, calling for government officials to find an immediate resolution to their complaints. Numerous concerns raised by stall holder

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'Every time I see my son's picture, I cry'

A GRAND Bahama father is devastated over the death of his only son, whose body was discovered hanging from a tree on Saturday at a school, just 1.2 kilometres from the family’s residence in Coral Reef Estates. Philip Forbes said he grieves every day

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7-year rule on deaths may be changed

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said discussions have started regarding possibly changing the seven-year official death declaration timeline for missing people, adding special considerations should be made in storm-related cases.Speaking to reporters

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Back in business - Carnival Cruise Lines return to Grand Bahama

CARNIVAL Cruise Line has resumed regular calls to Grand Bahama, with the return of three vessels to Freeport in aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The Carnival Pride called on Friday, October 11, with 2,400 passengers. The Elation called on Sunday, Octo

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Oil spill at BPL power station

AN oil spill occurred in the area of Bahamas Power and Light’s Blue Hills Power Station near a school, BPL said yesterday.“The spill occurred after a contractor working in the area ruptured the fuel line that runs from Blue Hills Power Station (BHPS

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Tourism eyes New Year 'bounce back'

The Bahamas is on target for a New Year “bounce back” post-Dorian with first quarter stopover tourists up two to four percent compared to 2019’s record, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, tol

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IMF slashes Bahamas GDP growth by 50%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday slashed The Bahamas’ 2019 growth forecast by 50 percent, and projected the economy will contract next year, due to Hurricane Dorian.Unveiling its latest World Economic Outlook report, the Fund said this

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Fidelity 'can be proud' of return on affiliate sale

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) “can be proud” that it nearly doubled the value of its investment in exiting its former merchant bank affiliate, a top executive said yesterday. Gowon Bowe, pictured , the BISX-listed institution’s chief financial officer, to

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Govt unveils 'fundamental reset' for public contracts

The government last night unveiled draft legislation representing a “fundamental reset” of its public procurement processes in a bid to save taxpayers millions and aid small businesses.Marlon Johnson, the Ministry of Finance’s acting financial secret

Cruise line: 25% of passengers in Nassau overnight

A cruise line yesterday projected that up to one-quarter of its 250,000 annual passengers will “overnight” in Nassau hotels after making its first voyage to the Bahamian capital. Francis Riley, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines’ senior vice-president of

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FSU Invitational Cross Country: UB Mingoes 'performed extremely well'

TYLER Gardiner dropped almost 40 seconds off his cross country time to lead The University of The Bahamas Mingoes men’s cross country team to its 20th place finish out of 27 institutions at the Florida State University Invitational over the weekend.

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END THE TABOOS: McAlpine - it’s time for national debate on gay civil unions and abortion

PINERIDGE MP Frederick McAlpine says The Bahamas needs a national conversation about letting gay couples enter civil unions and legalising abortion, both of which he believes eligible people should be entitled to.

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Bounce back will come for tourism

TOURISM officials have seen a “fall off” in vacation bookings for the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian and are projecting a nine percent decrease in visitor arrivals this year.

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‘Chipman? He don’t come around here’

DAYS after he resigned from the Free National Movement, some residents of Centreville criticised Reece Chipman for not being visible in his constituency while others praised him for the work he has done.

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Power restored in South Abaco as BPL works on restoration

POWER has been restored in South Abaco as Bahamas Power and Light works with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) to speed the return of electricity to customers in North Abaco six weeks after Hurricane Dorian battered the is

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Court orders police to reconsider promotion

A SUPREME Court judge has ordered the Royal Bahamas Police Force to “properly consider” a constable’s previously overlooked application for promotion to corporal.Justice Indra Charles, in an October 11 written ruling, ordered that P/C Delmar Taylor a

Students present $3,839 to Rotary relief efforts

ON Friday, October 4, Lyndon Institute (LI) Bahamian students and LI administrators presented a cheque for $3,839 to the Rotary Club of East Nassau for Hurricane Dorian relief. The cheque was presented to District 7020 Zone 34 president, Francisco “

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Man robbed outside home

A MAN was robbed by armed men outside his home in Fox Hill yesterday morning. According to police, the victim had just arrived at his home on Fox Hill Road shortly after 2am when he was approached by armed men, who robbed him of cash, jewelry and ot

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Officer fired on biker 'after he pulled out gun'

A POLICE officer shot a man who allegedly pulled a gun on him while riding a motorcycle. Police said the incident happened shortly after 11am on Monday when the officer was on routine patrol. The officer saw a man riding an unlicenced motorcycle and

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Man accused of murder and firearm possession

A FREEPORT man was arraigned on attempted murder and firearm possession charges in Magistrates Court yesterday. Vacara Morley, 26, of Tamarind Street, appeared before Magistrate Rengin Johnson on two counts of attempted murder and two counts of poss

Human rights

Good government is more than the use of sovereign power to create prosperity, productivity and happiness. Good governing is the imaginative use of intuition, skills and knowledge to administrate with the participation and consent of the governed.

Poverty in The Bahamas

Trade unions requests that minimum wage be increased to $300. Because the last increase which was in 2015 and presently stands at $210 is inadequate.

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Wildcats take 2-0 lead

The Sunshine Auto Wildcats needed two explosive innings to come back for a 20-12 win over the Inventive Intellect Warriors last night.At the end of the three-hour affair, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead over the Warriors in their New Providence Softball

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Gardiner nominated for IAAF Male Athlete of the Year

ABACO native Steven Gardiner, now home to enjoy his triumph as the new men’s 400-metre world champion, has been named one of the 11 nominees for the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Male Athlete of the Year.The list was released on Nationa

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Junior tennis aces shine on the Florida circuit

A GROUP of young talented Bahamian males took to the junior tennis circuit in Florida this past weekend. Michael Major Jr and Jackson Mactaggart participated in the under-14 category and Khai Rees and Patrick Mactaggart took part in the under-12 cat

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Ferguson and Bearcats climb up both NCAA Division I - FBS polls

CHRIS Ferguson and the Cincinnati Bearcats have climbed in both NCAA Division I – FBS polls following last weekend’s win over another conference rival.The Bearcats are now ranked No.21 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll. T

GSSSA volleyball: Games start at 4pm daily

AFTER waiting for the officials to be paid for their services from last year, the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association finally got its 2019/20 calendar year off and running with volleyball this week at various venues starting at 4pm. The

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BLTA congratulates Zamere Davis

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association congratulates Zamere Davis who was top of his Pool (B) in the under-10 division at the end of round robin match play over the weekend.Participating at the U-10 USTA Tennis tournament in Coral Springs, Davis defeate

Cruise industry 'accelerates' $455m projects post-Dorian

The cruise industry has pledged to help “broadcast the message that most of The Bahamas is open” after raising $8m for Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts. The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), in a statement, said its member lin

Telethon planned to assist Dorian relief

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce is teaming with Rotary Bahamas to stage a November 30 telethon that will raise “an aggressive amount” for Hurricane Dorian relief. Krystelle Rutherford-Ferguson, the Chamber’s chairman, said the effort - part of the b

Tuesday, October 15

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Row ends with man shot dead

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting that left a man dead on Monday night.

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10152019 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Tuesday, 15th October, 2019.

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10152019 EDITION

Tuesday, 15th October, 2019.

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FACE TO FACE: Charlene’s lifelong ambition realised in decades of helping others

I had the opportunity recently to visit Dr Charlene Wallace’s Palmdale office and see her in action. She was busy advising patients, young and old, conducting eye examinations, and helping them choose the perfect pair of glasses to suit their face. She did it all with a glowing smile and an obvious dedication to her craft. When I learned she was the first Bahamian female Optometrist to return to The Bahamas and be engaged at the Ministry of Health, I understood the level of seemingly boundless energy she has. She is a trailblazer and she has set a good path for others to follow based on determination, commitment and zeal.

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Micro-grid to be created to supply power in North Abaco

BAHAMAS Power and Light is planning to create micro-grids to generate power in North Abaco and the cays in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, according to Works Minister Desmond Bannister.“If any one of you has been in Marsh Harbour you can see that state

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Mudd fire brought under control

POLICE said they were able to get a fire in an Abaco shanty town under control on Sunday. Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson believes that persons are going in The Mudd area looking for things and starting fires. Speaking to reporters on the side

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Forces unite to help keep island secure

AMID concerns about crime and a lack of security on Abaco after Hurricane Dorian, the Royal Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces are carrying out a joint operation on the island.In a press release sent on Saturday, it was noted that Commissioner o

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RoyalFidelity: $1bn goal as 'Caribbean's premier'

RoyalFidelity is now focused on becoming “the premier Caribbean investment bank and wealth manager” after its management-led buyout closed last Wednesday, its president has revealed.Michael Anderson, pictured, confirming that all necessary regulatory

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Top Abaco food store to re-open with 40% of staff

Abaco’s main supermarket will re-open “within two weeks” with just over 40 percent of its pre-Dorian staff, as one of its principals said: “I’ve never seen devastation like that in my life.”Rupert Roberts, the Super Value chief, told Tribune Business

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Govt finances face 3-year Dorian blow

Hurricane Dorian will likely throw the government’s finances off-track for the next three years, the deputy prime minister has revealed, although its fiscal “fundamentals” have not altered.K Peter Turnquest told Tribune Business that a “three-year ru

Freeport firms on 'life support' following Dorian

Freeport-based small businesses say they do not know how they will recover and resume operations after the devastating blow inflicted by Hurricane Dorian.Many were uninsured and lost their entire inventory and equipment when Dorian’s storm surge swep

China's aid unwanted? Nonsense

THE Minnis administration has not discouraged China from helping this country recover from Hurricane Dorian, Haigang Yin, charge d’affairs of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, said yesterday.

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Butler's battle over Hayward's trust

The late Sir Jack Hayward’s family trust has become embroiled in a fresh legal battle sparked by the claims of his Bahamian butler, Tribune Business can reveal.

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'Chipman out for himself - not us'

THE chairman of the Free National Movement Centreville constituency association criticised Reece Chipman for leaving the party yesterday, saying in a statement that the MP made no meaningful effort to engage the association and has betrayed the trust of constituents by abandoning the party.

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'Shanty clean-up has to happen'

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said it can’t be argued that removing debris from Abaco’s destroyed shanty towns violates a Supreme Court injunction.

Stick with the party you ran with

The crossing of political floors has become common place in our wonderful nation. Way back in the day, nation builders like the late Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield; Sir Arthur Foulkes and Maurice Moore, et al, crossed the floor and walked out of the then led Lynden Pindling PLP. They formed a grouping called ‘The Free PLP’ and later evolved into the now Free National Movement (FNM) and the rest is history.

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Bodybuilders bring medals home

The Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s five-member team gave it their best shot at the Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships held over the weekend at the Renaissance Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.The young team saw

Change is the only constant

We had the 2008 financial crisis called the great recession. It was mainly caused by people not being able to pay their mortgage (home debt). Low interest rate was offered to people who would not normally qualify (subprime borrowers). The low interest increase and people could not meet their mortgages. Home prices fell. The entire US financial system went into recession and the rest of the world followed suit.

NPSA men: Hitmen take 1-0 lead

DESPITE suffering an injury to his left hamstring in the first inning, Alcott Forbes managed to work through the pain to complete the game on the mound for the pennant winning CS Hitmen.His five-hitter with nine strikeouts, along with outfielders Mar

Advice to PM

Amendment to the Emergency Laws, etc…I listened to Prime Minister and as he asked for positive comment I take him up.

Wildcats get win in opener, 10-5

WITH an explosive five-run top of the sixth inning on Saturday night in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, the Sunshine Auto Wildcats blew past the Inventive Intellect Warriors.As they doubled up the Warriors for a 10-5 victory

Bahamas 3rd overall at Four-Ball Championships

THE Bahamas had its best showing in the Ramon Baez Romano Trophy Flight for regular players and the country’s six-man team finished third overall at the Caribbean Golf Association’s 2019 Four-Ball Championships over the weekend.The event was held at

Hospitals and viruses

ABC News carried a News item last night (October 7) where they reported that six newly died in the premature care area of a leading hospital for an unknown virus and three - four other newly borns were under care.

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'Buddy' wants to play for Kings

WITH less than a week left for Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings to reach an agreement on an extension of his contract, Hield has been adamant about his desire to remain with the organisation. “We need to get that done. I want to get that done, f

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Welcome home Team Bahamas, job well done

THE Bahamas Olympic Committee and the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations held a joint welcome home celebration for Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller-Uibo on National Heroes’ Day for their medal winning performances at the 17th IAAF World C

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Jonquel Jones reflects on her standout season

JONQUEL Jones and the Connecticut Sun fell one game short in their historic run toward a WNBA Championship, but the fourth year forward has established herself as one of the premier players in the league with her standout season.Jones averaged 19.2 p

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Splashdown for plane at Norman's Cay

A PLANE crash landed into the ocean yesterday off Norman’s Cay with six people on board, however no injuries were reported. According to the Air Accident Investigation Department, around 11am Sunday a Cessna C421 aircraft, registration N217PG, depar

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Man in hospital after being shot by police officer

A MAN is in hospital after he was shot by a police officer outside a nightclub on Saturday. According to a police report, police were conducting an investigation on St Alban’s Drive, near a nightclub, after 2am Saturday when they heard gunshots. “A

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Police probe series of weekend armed robberies

POLICE are investigating a spate of armed robberies that occurred on the weekend. Shortly before 1am on Sunday, a man was driving near Big Pond when a red Volkswagen pulled in front forcing him to stop. Three armed men got out and robbed him of cash

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Four hurt after series of attacks

POLICE are investigating two shootings and a stabbing that left four men in hospital over the weekend.Shortly after 9am on Sunday, two men were standing outside a home on Ida Street, when the occupants of a pink Nissan March, licence #AT1657, opened

Chamber to 'champion climate change' focus

The Chamber of Commerce next year plans to “champion the cause of climate change” awareness and its impact on Bahamian business and livelihoods, its chief executive has revealed. Jeffery Beckles, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confede

$10m Dorian finance facility 'good start, but not enough'

The private sector has hailed the government’s $10m financing facility for Dorian-ravaged businesses as “a great start”, while expressing concerns it is “not nearly enough” to cover all needs.Chamber of Commerce heads for both Abaco and Grand Bahama

Monday, October 14

Hailing the heroes

TWENTY-ONE people received national honours at Government House yesterday, with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis saying they demonstrated courage, generosity, justice and fortitude throughout their lives. Dr Minnis said: “They have demonstrated coura

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Man dies after being hit by car

Police are investigating after a man was hit by a car and died on Sunday.

Sunday, October 13

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Dedicated teacher keeps classes going after Dorian

Grand Bahama school teacher Autumn Joi Wildgoose is the perfect example of a dedicated educator. In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian she took it upon herself to hold off-campus classes for her students who are unable to attend school because of severe flood damage at the Hugh Campbell Primary in Freeport.

Saturday, October 12

Five people missing from East End, Grand Bahama

Police on Grand Bahama are searching for five missing people from East End. They are:

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Man found hanging in suspected suicide

Grand Bahama police are investigating a suspected suicide after a man was found hanging from a tree in bushes near a school play field in Freeport.

Friday, October 11

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Security guard gets six years for shooting at nightclub

A SECURITY guard has been sentenced to six years in prison for shooting another man in the stomach following a physical argument at a nightclub three years ago.

Freeport business owners 'do not know where to turn' after Dorian

BUSINESS owners in Freeport say they do not know how they will recover and resume their operations after such a devastating blow from Hurricane Dorian.

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10112019 EDITION

Friday, 11th October, 2019.

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10112019 WEEKEND

Friday, 11th October, 2019.

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Oprah Winfrey Scholarship for Bahamian Nathan Rolle

THE future is bright for Bahamian Nathan Rolle.

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BUT president: 100 teachers yet to be assigned to a school

ONE hundred teachers oriented at the beginning of the semester have not yet been assigned to a school more than a month into the term, according to Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson.

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Tributes paid to Tennyson Wells

FAMILY, friends, and members of Parliament gathered at Christ Church Cathedral yesterday to mourn the death of Tennyson Wells, a former Cabinet Minister and BAMSI's Chairman.

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Landing gear collapses on Pineapple Air plane

ACCIDENT investigators are investigating an occurrence involving a Pineapple Air plane that suffered a landing gear collapse Friday morning.

EDITORIAL: So what's next, Mr Chipman?

IT’S been a long goodbye for Reece Chipman - but now the man who defeated former Prime Minister Perry Christie in his own seat has left the party whose red wave he rode to victory in Centreville.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: When it’s simply a matter of helping our neighbours

When the Miami Herald ran a front-page story on the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian on September 27, instead of mountains of debris, homes without roofs and lives torn asunder, the image it showed was a bearded man, bent over at the waist, handing a child a toy.

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$20m repair bill for Rand and Marsh Harbour Clinic

WITH cost of repairs to the Rand Memorial Hospital and Marsh Harbour Clinic said to be more than $20m, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands believes it is possible that the government will have to acquire additional loans to assist the recovery process in

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Domes unveiled to house 1,000 people in Abaco

THE family centre relief site in Abaco that will feature dome housing structures capable of withstanding 180mph to 200mph winds will accommodate 250 domes and about 1,000 people, according to co-chair of disaster and reconstruction committee, John-Mi

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Let’s get ready to rumble

As wrestling fans throughout The Bahamas keenly watch the WWE vs AEW ratings wars, all while enjoying the weekly wrestling entertainment, the pro wrestling buzz has hit The Bahamas again, with the same fervor as days gone bye, when our generation were kids.

112 Haitians deported

MORE than 100 Haitians were deported to Port-au-Prince yesterday. The Department of Immigration said a Bahamasair flight departed Lynden Pindling International Airport at 8.07am to Haiti with 112 Haitians, escorted by a team of law enforcement offic

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McAlpine backs Chipman - but doesn't follow him

PINERIDGE MP Frederick McAlpine supports Reece Chipman’s resignation from the Free National Movement but has no plans to follow suit anytime soon. Mr McAlpine has, along with Mr Chipman and Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller, been vocal critics of the FN

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Grand Lucayan to re-open Tuesday

The Grand Lucayan resort will re-open on Tuesday, its chairman revealed yesterday, in a move that will return 200 staff to work and seek to narrow the government’s ongoing subsidy.

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Governor: Stick to plan for 'credibility'

The Bahamas must “show credibility” by sticking to its medium and long-term fiscal plan despite Hurricane Dorian’s $436m blow, the Central Bank’s governor urged yesterday. John Rolle, pictured, told Tribune Business it was critical that this nation “

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'Don't spend before necessary' on Dorian

The Bahamas must not be “aggressive and spend money before we need to” on Hurricane Dorian restoration, a former Chamber of Commerce chairman warned yesterday. Gowon Bowe told Tribune Business it needed to craft a recovery strategy that minimised di

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One-cent's end 'rounding' into regulation query

The Central Bank yesterday pledged to work with the government’s consumer protection agencies to determine if the Bahamian one-cent coin’s phase-out will spark more regulations.John Rolle, its governor, said it had already “alerted” the relevant enti

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DPM: $15m Dorian help 'sufficient'

The deputy prime minister yesterday said the $15m provided by the government to-date to assist up to 2,500 Dorian-ravaged businesses is “sufficient for the time being”.K Peter Turnquest, speaking as the government provided further details on how Abac

Shanty town law change

The government is unnecessarily embroiled in a discussions over the acquisition of property on which shanty towns existed in Abaco.

Show pride in Ragged Island

I am a native of Ragged Island. In 2017, my home, located on one of the Ragged Island cays, had its roof blown off. I sought assistance from NEMA along with other residents of Ragged Island. Some of the residents of Ragged Island received financial assistance, but this was not extended to all.

Surviving the Horrors of History

Do we believe that the recent spate of violent crimes in our nation is the result of slavery, piracy, colonialism, lack of identity, economic hardship, drugs, greed, abuse, addiction and other afflictions known to humankind? Are we trapped forever in

Celebration time for 'the church on the corner'

FOR UP to 90 years the clergy and people of “the church on the corner” of Wulff and Baillou Hill Roads known as St Barnabas have engaged in Christ’s mission to the community, nation and various parts of the Anglican Communion.Over these years, the ch

Bridging the gap between the church and mental illness

WITH greater attention given to mental health issues in recent times, the church is also coming to the forefront in encouraging followers not to view mental disorders as conditions caused by “demonic forces” that only non-believers are susceptible to

Classes resume at University of the Bahamas campus in Freeport

THE University of The Bahamas North has reopened and resumed classes at its downtown centre in Freeport, a month after Hurricane Dorian destroyed the northern campus in East Grand Bahama. Dr Ian Strachan, vice president of UB North, said university

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Ash denies claim that he altered police statement

BUSINESSMAN Jonathan Ash yesterday denied that he altered a statement he gave to police concerning bribery allegations against former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson, despite previously claiming that he did.Mr Ash, while being interrogated by lead Crow

Saint James ACM 'King of Grill' fest returns

This coming National Heroes Day all roads will lead to the historic village of Adelaide where the Anglican Church Men of Saint James Parish will be hosting their 14th Annual Father R F Anthony Roberts’ King of the Grill Fest and Competition.The event

'Nation will face a mental health impact from storm'

AS mental health discussions rise to the forefront in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that there will be significant psychological impacts in the country as a result of the powerful Category Five storm. “W

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Swaby's second pro fight all set for October 26

AFTER making a successful debut last month in Miami, Florida, D’Angelo Swaby will be back on the road to take on his second professional fight, this time in Redding, Pennslyvania. On September 20 at the Joe Celestin Center in Miami, Swaby pulled off

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Waiting is over for 25 nurses

TWENTY-FIVE nurses received their job appointment letters from the Ministry of Health after waiting for more than a year. Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Wednesday, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said it represented the end of an unfo

"Repentance Is The Only Remedy"

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas has been faced with a catastrophic hurricane in Dorian in which many people have lost family and properties. An astronomical and monolithic loss in most cases, and one hurricane that will most definitely be remembered

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Nations League: Bahamas blank BVI 4-0

TEAM Bahamas won their second consecutive CONCACAF Nations League match, this time on the road. The Bahamas blanked the British Virgin Islands, 4-0 last night at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis. Lesly St Fleur scored a pair of goals (

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Burrows and his team get 100-90 victory in the French Pro League

JARAUN “Kino” Burrows got the best of his former team and led his new club to win in a matchup of LNB French Pro League powerhouses. Burrows’ Aix-Maurienne Savoie defeated Fos-Sue-Mur Provence Basketball Byers 100-90 in Disneyland Paris Leaders’ Cup

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THE PRESS BOX – RATINGS WARS: AEW STILL BEATING UP THE WWE!

TNT’s All Elite Wrestling Dynamite” (AEW) slammed USA Network’s “NXT” (WWE) clean in the middle of the ring on Wednesday night past, winning its second Wednesday ratings war in a row.Wednesday night’s AEW show received 1.018 million total viewers, wh

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Jones and Sun fall short, Mystics take WNBA title

In a WNBA Finals series where no team won consecutive games, Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun came up just short in their bid to make franchise history. Jones finished with 25 points and nine rebounds, but the Sun fell to the Washington Mystics

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Grant: Team Bahamas 'performed exceptionally well' at IAAF Worlds

ALTHOUGH the Bahamas got two medals - gold and silver - and one other appearance in a final event, head coach Fritz Grant said the nine members that competed for the country at the 17th IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, last week performed exc

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Nygard’s contempt ruling - again

PETER Nygard was convicted of contempt of court yesterday for breaching an injunction preventing him from publishing emails that were stolen from environmental group Save The Bays.

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Dorian missing confirmed - 282

A DAY after Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell said 1,208 are still unaccounted for following Hurricane Dorian, National Security Minister Marvin Dames clarified that police have reports of just 282 people still being missing.

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GOING IT ALONE: Chipman abandons FNM dismayed by party politics

MEMBER of Parliament for Centreville Reece Chipman had been contemplating severing ties with the governing Free National Movement to represent the constituency as an independent since January.

SPORTS NOTES

THE New Providence Softball Association’s best-of-seven fastpitch softball championships will get underway on Saturday night in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.In the ladies’ opener at 7pm, the Inventive In

GB must 'make most' of one-year Recovery Zone

Grand Bahama firms were yesterday urged to “make the most” of their one-year Economic Recovery Zone (ERZ) designation, a private sector leader saying: “We didn’t expect three years.” Gregory LaRoda, the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce president, to

IAN FERGUSON: Making work bearable for the cancer fighter

October is a month given to the awareness and celebration of persons living through breast cancer diagnosis. Women and men experiencing this ordeal find it necessary to have strong support as they go through the gruelling stages of treatment and reco

Baha Mar among 'Atlantic's top 25'

Baha Mar and its hotel brands have been recognised among the “Top 25 Resorts in the Atlantic” by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2019.“We are honoured to be recognised by Condé Nast Traveler readers as a leading destination in the Atlant

DPM: 'Open data culture' critical to better governance

The deputy prime minister yesterday said the creation of “a culture of open data in government” is critical for national development and better decision-making.K Peter Turnquest, addressing a forum held by the Ministry of Finance in conjunction with

Govt urged: 'Secure' Marsh Harbour port

The Abaco Chamber of Commerce president has urged the government to “secure” the island’s major shipping port so that commerce can again flow freely and boost post-Dorian recovery. Ken Hutton, pictured , told Tribune Business that while the November

Grand Lucayan to re-open Tuesday

The Grand Lucayan resort will re-open on Tuesday, its chairman revealed yesterday, in a move that will return 200 staff to work and seek to narrow the government’s ongoing subsidy. Michael Scott, head of the Lucayan Renewal Holdings Board, told Trib

Thursday, October 10

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Jones and the Connecticut Sun miss out on championship

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night

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Killings go on as another man dies

POLICE are investigating another shooting incident that left a man dead yesterday afternoon, the fourth killing since Tuesday.

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10102019 EDITION

Thursday, 10th October, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Can there be smarter ways to pay the bill?

The cost of Hurricane Dorian is beginning to become clearer.

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PETER YOUNG: Enforce the law but show good will

LAST week’s controversial exchanges about the treatment of displaced migrants following the destruction by Hurricane Dorian of the shanty towns in Abaco should have come as no surprise. As everyone knows by now, the potentially explosive issue of Haitian immigration to The Bahamas goes back a long way.

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Almost one in five prisoners re-offend

WITH the recidivism rate at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services said to be around 17 percent, officials remain committed to rehabilitating prisoners and preventing the further increase of recidivism in the country.Speaking at the official

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Minnis highlights uneven building code enforcement

A BAHAMIAN man who breached the parameters of a permit to construct a two-storey building has for the last two years been barred from occupying the structure on which he spent “all of his life savings”. By contrast, people living in shanty towns hav

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Disaster bill a 'bold step' for future hurricane preparedness

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday described the Disaster Preparedness and Response Amendment Bill 2019 as one of many “bold steps” that will fundamentally change how the country prepares for and responds to hurricanes. During debate on the p

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'Respectful' burial for unidentified storm victims

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said the unidentified remains of people killed by Hurricane Dorian will be respectfully placed in a burial site after a consultation process with the public has been completed. Speaking to reporters Dr Sands said famil

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ACP Butler: Nothing could have prepared me for Dorian

HURRICANE Dorian brought on a “new phenomena” for Grand Bahama and the northern Bahamas, according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Samuel Butler who admits having to abandon their pre-storm police plans in order to save lives. He said that nothi

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$20m cost to rebuild Grand Bahama schools

THE Ministry of Education’s Hurricane Dorian relief budget to rebuild damaged schools in Grand Bahama will be approximately $20m, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Speaking during the House of Assembly yesterday, Dr Minnis said the Minis

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Dorian's $436m fiscal blow needs 'tight' rein

The government was last night urged to keep a “tight” rein on post-Dorian recovery after the storm blew an estimated $436m hole in its fiscal deficit target for 2019-2020.Robert Myers, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) principal, to

Ansbacher settles $10m legal battle

A Puerto Rican bank has blamed Ansbacher (Bahamas) for the now-ended controversy surrounding the latter’s claim that $10.087m of its funds were “wrongfully retained”.Ruben Mendez Benabe, an attorney for Bancredito International Bank, told Tribune Bus

Fisheries loss far more than PM's $11m

Senior fisheries executives yesterday argued that the prime minister’s $11m Dorian damages figure had “significantly” under-estimated the storm’s impact on the sector.Keith Carroll, the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance’s (BCFA) vice-chairman, who

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Cable 'steps up' its targeting of enterprise niche

Cable Bahamas yesterday revealed it plans to “step up” its targeting of large-scale corporate and government clients with custom-made communications technology solutions.Franklyn Butler, the BISX-listed communications provider’s chief executive, told

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UPDATED: Chipman resigns from FNM, citing handling of Hurricane Dorian, partisan politics

CENTREVILLE MP Reece Chipman said the government’s handling of Hurricane Dorian as well as institutional and partisan politics drew him to his decision to sever ties with the governing Free National Movement.

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Man shot dead in Kennedy Subdivision

A man is dead after a shooting in the Kennedy Subdivision on Wednesday night.

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UPDATED: Number of missing now at 282 after Dorian

FRIDAY UPDATE: A DAY after Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell said 1,208 are still unaccounted for following Hurricane Dorian, National Security Minister Marvin Dames clarified that police have reports of just 282 people still being missing

Cry the beloved country

I watched in horror and dismay when our northern islands were decimated by the terrible storm, Dorian, resulting in massive loss of life and belongings.

Stop cull on Cable Beach

To whom it may concern:

Are we equipped?

A US-based Animal Service using infra-red vision and a drone found a dog, potcake, almost alive under the rubble of Marsh Harbour yesterday which has gone viral on network TV.

Dorian, I hate you

Dorian I gon smack you.

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17th IAAF Worlds finalists to get cash

THE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture officially congratulated Team Bahamas for its performance at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, and announced monetary awards for each of the three finalists in their respective events.

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Team Bahamas' performance exceeds expectations at the Optimist North American Championships

NATIONAL team head coach Keir Clarke said the Bahamas’ 16-member team exceeded expectations for a group relatively new to an elite level of international competition in this year’s Optimist North American Championships. The big event was hosted by t

Tribune NFL picks/standings - week 6

1. NAUGHTY - 51-26-1 2. CLINT J - 50-27-1 3. SANTXO Z - 49-28-1 4. DuVAUGHN E - 47-30-1 5. JOHN S - 45-32-1 6. WILNER (AP) - 45-32-1 7. LEO B - 43-34-1 8. STEVIE J - 36-41-1 NAUGHTY Patriots Buccaneers Redskins Seahawks Saints C

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Jones and Sun in WNBA Finals 'do or die' tonight

One final game to decide the 2019 WNBA title with both the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics looking to win their first championship in the history of their respective franchises.Game five is all set for 8pm tonight at the Entertainment and Spor

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Ayton posts double double in Suns' win over T-Wolves

DEANDRE Ayton’s 2019-20 preseason debut with the new look Phoenix Suns was a dominant one and gave fans an early look at his progression in the offseason.The second year centre finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds in just 21 minutes of the Suns’ 1

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STATESIDE: All we wanted was a quiet life – now look at us.

We all live in a democracy. We vote in elections. We choose our leaders in a hopefully thoughtful process. We hope we made the correct choice with our vote.

Lions roar in to offer relief

THE Freeport Lions Club and Lions International have gone in several affected communities in Grand Bahama delivering relief supplies to residents from Freeport to East End.Lions Club President Dudley Bent and Willie Gonzales of Florida led a team of

56 Haitians detained in immigration operation

A Department of Immigration operation resulted in the arrest of 56 Haitian nationals.The operation was carried at approximately 6pm on Tuesday.After processing, 40 people were committed to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre. This group included 13

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'Once in a lifetime' $1.2m gift to hospital

A significant donation of medical equipment valued at $1.2m was made to Princess Margaret Hospital’s Division of Orthopedics. Called a once-in-a-lifetime gift by Dr Dane Bowe, consultant orthopaedic and arthroplasty surgeon at PMH, the donation come

30 missing in Grand Bahama

A MONTH after Hurricane Dorian, some 30 people, including several children, are still missing on Grand Bahama, a top police official confirmed on Wednesday. Assistant Commissioner of Police Samuel Butler stressed that all efforts have been and are s

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Cable 'coming right' with 69% loss drop

Cable Bahamas top executive yesterday said the 69 percent reduction in fourth quarter losses showed its performance was "coming right" regardless of the $332.5m Summit Broadband sale.

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Ash claims PM's words sparked death threats

BUSINESSMAN Jonathan Ash yesterday claimed that the prime minister’s pronouncements about his involvement in the Hurricane Matthew clean-up caused him to receive death threats and warnings to leave the country.

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Dorian’s $430m hit on Treasury

THE deficit for the fiscal year will balloon by more than $430m because of Hurricane Dorian, with the government expecting to spend nearly $230m to recover from the storm while anticipating a revenue hit of about $215m, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest.

GB Power: 90% now electrified

Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) yesterday confirmed that 90 percent of its customer base have seen electricity services restored following Hurricane Dorian.Dr Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister, revealed the energy monopoly’s restoration progress in

BISX adds an icon to its listings roster

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) yesterday announced it has added the Lehoca Fund IC to its roster of listings. Lehoca is established as an Investment Condominium (ICON) under the Investment Condominium Act 2014, and is registere

Cable 'coming right' with 69% loss drop

Cable Bahamas top executive yesterday said the 69 percent reduction in fourth quarter losses showed its performance was “coming right” regardless of the $332.5m Summit Broadband sale.Franklyn Butler, the BISX-listed communications provider’s chief ex

'Grassroots' approach urged on building code

The government was yesterday urged to embrace a “grassroots” approach to revising the country’s building code rather than the narrow internal reviews employed before.Quentin Knowles, the Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) president, told Tribune Busi

Insurance agent adds new broker

Bahamas-based RMS Insurance Agents and Brokers has added broker, Mark Reynolds, to its team.Specialising in life and health, as well as property and casualty insurance, he has more than 20 years’ experience in local and international markets. “We are

Outlook takes aim at 'sleeping giant'

The 13th annual Exuma Business Outlook conference is scheduled to take place on October 24 at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort, Georgetown.Speakers include Pedro Rolle, president, Exuma Chamber of Commerce; John Rolle, governor, Central Bank of The Bahamas

Bahamas targeting mega yacht market

Ministry of Tourism officials drove the message that The Bahamas is open for business post-Dorian to high net worth attendees at the recent Monaco Yacht Show.The event, which took place from September 25 to 28, featured more than 600 exhibitors and 1

Wednesday, October 9

China gives gift of $500,000 in aid

THE People’s Republic of China presented a cheque for $500,000 to the National Emergency Management Agency yesterday towards Hurricane Dorian recovery and rebuilding efforts. A handover certificate on provision of emergency humanitarian assistance b

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One killed, two shot by lone gunman

POLICE in New Providence are investigating a shooting that left two men in hospital and another dead.

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10092019 EDITION

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Are we really getting the next steps right?

Mandatory evacuation, on the surface, seems like a good idea. It is for everyone’s safety, right? We want to ensure the government can legislate for our safety particularly when we expect disaster will strike. We need to know people in the most vulnerable areas not only have somewhere else to go, but are compelled to go.

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Call for Potter's Cay dock manager to resign was 'disappointing'

IT IS disappointing that Potter’s Cay Dock vendors called for dock manager Gregory Minnis to resign during their protest last week, the Ministry of Agriculture said yesterday. The government’s parking policy, preventing patrons from parking in front

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Marvin Dames: No compromise over Abaco safety needs

AS looting and theft concerns persist in Abaco, National Security Minister Marvin Dames was adamant the government is very serious about security on the island, adding there had been no compromise over safety needs.“There are no games,” the minister

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Davis wants govt to shorten time to declare a missing person dead

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Phillip “Brave” Davis has called on the Minnis administration to shorten the time it takes to declare a person dead once missing after a natural disaster.

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Housing market struggles to cope with evacuees' demands

A leading realtor has warned New Providence does not have the inventory to meet demand from Abaco evacuees looking for rental properties.Mario Carey, president of Better Homes and Gardens, told Tribune Business: “We continue to get a steady demand fo

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GBPA holds out hand to help with rebuild

As local businesses begin recovery and restoration plans following the impact of Hurricane Dorian, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is seeking to engage with licensees to assess their needs.Deann Seymour, Chief Financial Officer and Li

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Business chief insists Abaco security must be restored before commerce can restart

Security is a primary concern for restarting commerce in Abaco and bringing in international cargo, the island’s Chamber of Commerce President Ken Hutton warned yesterday.Hutton told Tribune Business: “Inadequate security is a very big factor in us g

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Victim, 22, shot dead outside his home

POLICE are investigating the country’s latest homicide after a man was shot in broad daylight sitting near his Wilson Track home yesterday afternoon.

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Brauman: Shaunae ‘ran exactly how she was supposed to run’

DOHA, Qatar — After watching Shaunae Miller-Uibo cross the finish line to win the silver medal, her American coach Lance Brauman felt the new NACAC Area and Bahamian national record holder had done all she could against world leader Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain.

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Junior Golfers Dominate Sands Beer Cup Finals

NINE rounds of intense golf competition culminated over the weekend as the Sands Beer Cup rolled into New Providence for two days of championship play. The event held at Baha Mar’s Royal Blue Golf Course saw some of golf’s best and brightest talents tee off for the coveted title of the Sands Cup champion.

CONCACAF: Men’s National Soccer team to face BVI

THE Bahamas senior men’s national soccer team is set to return to the pitch and looks to win their second consecutive game in CONCACAF Nations League play.

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Jones, Sun force game five to decide WNBA champions

The WNBA Finals will come down to the greatest thing in sports - a single elimination game to decide the title.

The new $318m US Embassy

THE US new Embassy all $318 million zero impact to Treasury as all materials - furnishing are Duty Free and Vat Free!

Ignore the pundits and demolish the shantytowns

One by one our sadly out-of-touch public intellectuals and fake rights groups line up to feed the gullible among us their canned, imported take on the moral situation unleashed by Dorian.

Congresswoman: US govt wants to support hurricane restoration efforts

A US Congresswoman said yesterday that the US government wants to provide technical support to assist with restoration efforts in Abaco and Grand Bahama following Hurricane Dorian.Speaking to reporters outside of Lynden Pindling International Airport

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Dr Sands hopes to reduce nurses waiting time for placements

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands hopes he can reduce the waiting time for getting nurses placed through the health care system “to as little as two months.”Last month, Dr Sands told reporters that post-Hurricane Dorian, some 70 registered nurses were w

48 of the students treated after school bus incident back home

ONE Central Andros High School student remains in New Providence for issues unrelated to the school bus incident in Andros last Friday, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, Dr Sands confirmed that of th

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Super Value presents $110,000 to NEMA for Hurricane Relief Efforts

IN the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Super Value food stores decided to initiate a drive to solicit funds from customers for disaster relief efforts.Cashiers asked shoppers at the register if they wished to donate their change towards this

Response to our Haitian brothers and sisters

EDITOR, The Tribune.PLEASE allow me a space in your valued chronicle to express my longstanding concerns as it relates to our collective social response to our Haitian brothers and sisters. Recently I was privy to a group of professionals discussing

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Tribune’s questions: Ash ‘can’t remember’

BUSINESSMAN Jonathan Ash yesterday claimed he can’t remember telling this newspaper he did not know former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson, despite evidence to the contrary.

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‘My category five house survived’

WHEN Mary Thaysen built her “Category Five” house in East End, everyone “teased” her about it.

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Smith challenge to shanty town action

ATTORNEY Fred Smith, QC, believes the government is acting outside of the limits of its powers through several measures designed to hammer down on shanty towns in Abaco, adding that in some respects, it has acted unlawfully.

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MILLION GALLONS LEAKED IN SPILL: Full scale of disaster revealed as Equinor clean-up continues

EQUINOR officials in Grand Bahama yesterday confirmed that more than 35,000 barrels of crude oil have been recovered to date from its South Riding Point facility and efforts continue towards “full recovery” in East End.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Types of clients and how to handle them

Clients have wildly differing needs. Knowing their characteristics and how to keep them happy is key. However, it is also smart to know how to escape what I would refer to as “the clients from hell”. Know how to filter out the small number who is lik

Tuesday, October 8

Miami Dolphins members assist with hurricane relief

MEMBERS of the Miami Dolphins NFL organisation were in Grand Bahama showing their humanitarian support to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian, distributing relief and care packages to several hard-hit communities on Saturday.Bahamians have always

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10082019 EDITION

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019.

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FACE TO FACE: Giving back - Doug's deep connection to The Bahamas

IMET William “Doug” Douglass through my father, Allan Ingraham. Daddy was very excited to tell me how Doug was building a recreational court for the kids in a settlement near Doug’s home in South Eleuthera back in 2017. It was a near $200,000 investm

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Natural disasters creating more 'climate refugees'

NATURAL disasters like Hurricane Dorian have created more “climate refugees” globally leading the Commonwealth to consider what can be done to enable citizens to stay in their home countries when tragedy strikes.According to Commonwealth Secretary Ge

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Tired and stressed: Evacuees struggling to restart lives

AFTER one month of living in shelters, many evacuees are struggling to restart their lives.

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40-year-old charged with three counts of murder, three of attempted murder

A 40-year-old man appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of murder and attempted murder.

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Missing since Hurricane Dorian

POLICE released the names of three more storm victims who have been missing since Hurricane Dorian. They are Lorelda Woodside, 57; Claudene Etienne, 54; and Michael Dawkins, 64, all of Dundas Town, Abaco. According to officials, more than 400 people

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Dog found alive after weeks under hurricane debris

A DOG was miraculously found alive by animal rescuers after being trapped for weeks under mounds of hurricane debris in Abaco.Spokesperson for Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Chase Scott told The Tribune that the group discovered the dog — now named Miracle —

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Francis: Govt must follow through on S&P optimism

A FORMER Central Bank governor has welcomed the “optimistic” outlook from Standard & Poor’s prediction for the country’s post-Dorian rebound, but added the timing and quality of the government’s response will determine long-term impact.

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Ex-DNA Leader: Look at the silver lining

FORMER Democratic National Alliance leader Branville McCartney believes the Bahamas has a tremendous opportunity to build better than ever in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, which decimated parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama last month. Mr McCartney’s co

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Turnquest laments closure of Deep Water Cay

THE closure of the country’s oldest bonefishing lodge will have “significant” economic impact on communities in East Grand Bahama, according to the minister of finance. K Peter Turnquest, deputy prime minister and also member of Parliament for East G

Abaco's Sandpiper Inn to reopen in another week

THE Sandpiper Inn in Schooner Bay, South Abaco will hopefully reopen in a week or two but needs the island’s power and water supply to stabilise, the hotel’s owner said. Dr Larry Carroll, the inn’s managing director and owner, said luckily the proper

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Baha Mar donates $500,000 towards temporary housing after Dorian

PRIME Minister Hubert Minnis accepted a $500,000 donation from the Baha Mar resort yesterday to assist with temporary housing for residents affected by Hurricane Dorian.Baha Mar President Graeme Davis said the funds represent the first installment of

Brave Davis - The Empty Suit

Brave Davis – The Empty Suit EDITOR, The Tribune. Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis is what the dictionary defines as an empty suit: “a prominent person regarded as lacking substance, personality, or ability.” His performance during and after H

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New US Embassy ‘will aid rejuvenation of Nassau’

AN official ground-breaking ceremony was held yesterday for the new $318 million US Embassy being constructed on Shirley Street.

C H Reeves teachers have 'a host of concerns'

A TEACHER at C H Reeves Junior High School criticised Education Minister Jeff Lloyd’s response to the industrial action taken by teachers last Wednesday for protesting against conditions at the school.“The charge was given for us, the teachers at C H

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Court hears Ash’s bank account was frozen

WITNESS Jonathan Ash was cross-examined again yesterday in the bribery trial of former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson and fought off arguments from Gibson’s lead attorney about his honesty and frozen bank account.

Sands takes new NACAC office

DOHA, Qatar — Mike Sands, the newly elected North American, Central American and Caribbean president, couldn’t ask for a better transition into office.

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Coach Evans on Gardiner: ‘My main goal is the world record’

DOHA, Qatar — When American Gary Evans started coaching quarter-miler Steven Gardiner three years ago, it was with the notion that the Murphy Town, Abaco native get on the podium at the Olympic Games and placing his name on the men’s 400 metre world record.

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‘Coach Yo’ and Ole Miss Rebels ‘ready to get to work’

IN her second year at the helm as head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels women’s basketball programme, Yolett McPhee-McCuin looks to continue her impact on the programme and its progression in the SEC.

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Eyes on the prize

In the midst of a heated WNBA Finals series, Jonquel Jones added to her career résumé with more league-wide recognition for her stellar season.

Our bank is still manual

When RBC Royal Bank was going through its mega downsizing in the Bahamas, a friend of mine posted a photo on Facebook of an empty Main Branch at 2:30pm, with a caption: Mission Accomplished! No more customers!

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Workers Call for new public hospital in Grand Bahama

HOSPITAL workers took to social media to call for a new public hospital in Grand Bahama following closure of the Rand Memorial Hospital after it was severely flooded during Hurricane Dorian in early September.They are concerned that the facility – wh

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Call for Dames to resign over Abaco: FNM branch chairman hits out over island’s ‘weak security’

THE chairman of the Free National Movement’s Central and South Abaco constituency branch wants National Security Minister Marvin Dames to resign over the “weak security” on the island.

Marijuana Commission heading to Jamaica on fact-finding mission

THE Marijuana Commission is fighting to meet its October deadline to submit its recommendations to the public but the group is heading to Jamaica on a fact-finding mission this month, commission Co-Chairman Quinn McCartney said yesterday.The commissi

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Nygard wants Privy Council to reverse Court of Appeal decision

CANADIAN fashion mogul Peter Nygard wants to petition the Privy Council to reverse the striking out of his appeal of a contempt of court conviction for breaching a court order prohibiting him from engaging in any illegal dredging near his Lyford Cay

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Funeral for Tennyson Wells to be held Friday

AN official funeral will be held for former Cabinet minister and businessman Tennyson Wells on Friday.The funeral will start at 11am at Christ Church Cathedral on George Street. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.The bod

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Minister defends government’s handling of 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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PM kicking down door was ‘not a good impression’

BAHAMAS Christian Council President Bishop Delton Fernander said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis went beyond the duties of his office when he kicked down the back door of a shanty town structure.

BISX announces three new funds

THE Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) announced that three new investment funds sponsored by Witherbotham Trust Company Ltd, along with one with sub-fund, have successfully completed the BISX mutual fund listing process and have been l

Freeport ice maker hopes to be back in business soon

CROWN Ice and Refrigeration in Freeport, a subsidiary of Northwestern Manufacturing, has announced that the company is still unable to open for business post-Hurricane Dorian.However the company hopes to be back in business as soon as possible. In a

Government continues to monitor oil spill at Equinor

THE government continues to monitor the oil spill at the Equinor, South Riding Point Oil storage facility on Grand Bahama.The National Oil Spill Contingency Advisory Committee, consisting of a cross-section of industry stakeholders, has been appointe

Monday, October 7

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10072019 EDITION

Monday, 7th October, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Focus on the victims not on immigration

IT WOULD seem some people need to be reminded that there was a hurricane that devastated our islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama a little over a month ago.

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BNT warns of 'catastrophic' effect of storm on landscape

HURRICANE Dorian caused coastal erosion and “catastrophic” impact to mangrove and pine forests in at least one national park, according to the Bahamas National Trust. There are also fears that endangered bird populations will face a food shortage du

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INSIGHT: The fight against the climate crisis can’t be fought by the government alone

IN the wake of Hurricane Dorian, The Bahamas has become the latest example for climate change activists as they ramp up the fight. Stunned by the realisation of how vulnerable we actually are to the threat of climate change, the government, still dizzied by the severe impact of the storm, is trying to gain its balance.

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S&P gives Bahamas major post-Dorian lift

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has given The Bahamas a much-needed post-Dorian boost by asserting that this nation is “well-positioned to handle the fall-out” from the category five storm.

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Dorian restoration has 'nation's fiscal future in its hands'

Government officials managing the Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts “have the fiscal success of the country in their hands”, a prominent governance reformer has warned.Robert Myers, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) principle, told

Deep Water Cay close, deals east GB harsh blow

East Grand Bahama’s economy has been dealt a devastating blow after Deep Water Cay yesterday said it had no alternative but to cease operations with Dorian clean-up alone to cost $1m.The renowned bonefishing lodge, whose owners have invested some $44

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Sarkis blasts CCA for 'cherry picking' legal arguments

Sarkis Izmirlian has accused Baha Mar’s main contractor of “cherry picking” and “distorting” legal quotations to underpin its “shareholder oppression” counter-claim against him.Baha Mar’s original developer, and his BML Properties vehicle, are allegi

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What caused poisoning of 49 students on bus journey?

TWO Central Andros High School students remain at the Princess Margaret Hospital for further monitoring following suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on a school bus Friday.

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Curfew call a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ says Davis

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis has called Cabinet’s consideration of a possible curfew for Abaco in response to security concerns a “knee-jerk” reaction.

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Migrants told to stay away because of disease fears

AMID clean-up efforts in storm ravaged Abaco, health and safety concerns remain prevalent and serious, according to the island’s hurricane relief and redevelopment coordinator, Algernon Cargill yesterday.

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WE’LL SEE YOU IN COURT OVER LAND: Shanty Town move branded as xenophobic

RIGHTS Bahamas said yesterday it would not relent in taking legal action over the government’s decision to compulsorily acquire shanty town land, branding the move “xenophobic and petty”.

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Man stabbed to death on East Street

Police are investigating after a man was stabbed to death on East Street on Sunday night.

Container city delivered by RBDF

SEVENTEEN containers arrived on the Royal Bahamas Defence Force auxiliary craft Lawrence Major, and were offloaded and set up on Abaco on Friday. The mobile base city (MBC) will provide necessary support for RBDF disaster relief teams as they assist

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Medal winners

DOHA, Qatar — Steven Gardiner brought the curtain down on Team Bahamas’ performances at the 17th IAAF World Championships on Friday in grand style with his national record breaking performance in the men’s 400 metres. His night was celebrated under

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GOLDEN MOMENT: 'I'm a bit sore'

DOHA, Qatar — It was a sleepless Friday night for Steven Gardiner, the newest Bahamian world track and field champion at the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 17th World Championships. That night, Gardiner noted that he only got about one

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'This was indeed the day that we have all been waiting for'

DOHA, Qatar — The Bahamas welcomed its newest world champion on Friday night at the IAAF 17th World Championships after Steven Gardiner ascended on the top of the podium, improving on his silver medal performance two years ago in London, England.Baha

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Mystics beat Jones and Sun 94-81 to take 2-1 lead in WNBA Finals

THE Connecticut Sun were back at home for game three of the WNBA Finals but an elevated Washington Mystics team played inspired by the return of the league MVP to spoil the homecoming. Jonquel Jones finished with nine points and nine rebounds in the

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'We lost so we have to continue to grow as a team'

BUDDY Hield picked back up where he left off last season and continued to be the leading scorer for the Sacramento Kings in their 2019-20 preseason opening series.The Kings and Indiana Pacers played the NBA’s first ever games in India at the NCSI, SV

What to do next

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31

Effects of inflation

Inflation is the rate at which prices of goods and services rise and therefore the purchasing power of the currency is decreasing. I will argue that inflation has done more harm than good and is by design.

POLICE ADVICE: Talk to your children about online dangers

SOCIAL media sites such as, Facebook, twitter, instagram, snapchat, and whatsapp increases communication, access to information and help in developing a sense of self, however, the thoughts of what your child might come across online can be worrying. Here is internet safety advice to make sure going online is a positive experience for you and your child.

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PM joins kitchen to see feeding operation

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis visited the World Central Kitchen feeding centre in Freeport yesterday before heading to East End, Grand Bahama to assess recovery and reconstruction efforts.The feeding centre provides three hot meals per day to storm

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Man in hospital after stabbing

NEW Providence police are investigating a stabbing incident which left a man with injuries on Saturday, October 5. Shortly after 9pm, a group of men were at Third Street, Coconut Grove, when an altercation occurred between them, resulting in one mal

Equisoft Donates $30,000 to aid Ranfurly Homes

IN a show of support after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, Equisoft, a software solutions partner of Family Guardian Insurance, donated $30,000 to the Ranfurly Homes For Children.The donation is meant to cover the 24-hour nursing care required b

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VIDEO: Minister of National Security goes on night patrol during Abaco visit

On a recent visit to Abaco and the surrounding Cays in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames took part in night patrols which provide safety and security in affected areas.

Consumers warned on plastic bag levy

Consumers have been reminded that Bahamian businesses will be required to charge them a minimum 25 cents per bag for using single-use plastic bags from January 1, 2020.The levy is mandatory under Section 8 of the Environmental Protection (Control of

Disney delivers kits to victims of Dorian

Disney Cruise Line members have assembled more than 1,500 Clean the World personal hygiene kits to assist Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian. The Disney Dream delivered the kits to Nassau where they were distributed to shelters for hurricane evacu

Law firm adds two partners

Delaney Partners has announced the appointment of Lena Bonaby and Sofia Papageorge as partners of the law firm with effect from October 2019.Ms Bonaby is part of the firm’s complex litigation, insolvencies and corporate restructuring team. She has se

Saturday, October 5

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Gold for Steven Gardiner in 400m

DOHA, Qatar: World champion. Those were the two words to label Steven Gardiner after he ran the "perfect race" to obliterate his own Bahamas men's 400 metre national record at the 17th IAAF World Athletic Championships.

Missing from Abaco since Hurricane Dorian

Police on Saturday released these photos and details of people missing from Abaco since Hurricane Dorian.

Friday, October 4

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Shane Gibson's attorney questions claim over use of 'shingles'

THE lead attorney for former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson on Friday questioned the validity of a businessman’s claims that the former parliamentarian used the code name “Shingles” whenever he wanted to receive his alleged $80,000 in bribery payments.

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10042019 WEEKEND

Friday, 4th October, 2019.

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Shane Gibson trial: Police officer 'said she would delete parts of statements that didn't line up'

A SENIOR police officer said she would delete whatever parts of both a businessman’s and a woman’s statements about allegations of bribery against former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson that didn’t line up, a jury heard on Friday.

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Government 'understands urgent need for cleanup' in East End

STATE Minister for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson said government understands the urgent need for cleanup in East End and has created a new ministry especially to deal with the massive clean-up, and disaster recovery and reconstruction.

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Clashes outside court as man faces murder charges

HEATED tempers escalated into a fight outside the Nassau Street Court Complex between the family of a victim and friends of a man accused of several counts of murder and attempted murder Friday.

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10042019 EDITION

Friday, 4th October, 2019.

New landfill managers raise site to international standards

IN JUST six months the new managers of New Providence Landfill have raised the site to international standards and nearly eradicated the putrid smell and fly infestation that once defined the area.

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49 students, one adult airlifted from Andros after falling ill on school bus

FORTY-NINE students and one adult were airlifted to New Providence Friday for medical treatment after showing symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning on a school bus in Andros.

EDITORIAL: Residents still left waiting for govt

WITH much of the focus on Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, people in the East End of Grand Bahama are concerned.

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Potter's Cay stallholders say parking ban hurting business

GREGORY Bowles used to pay his $900 monthly rent with ease but is now three months behind and waiting to be evicted from his apartment along with his wife. The 54-year-old has also laid off three employees since police officers began enforcing a gove

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Bottling company and partners offer support

IN the weeks post Hurricane Dorian, many Bahamians are suffering devastating losses and now find themselves displaced and reliant on other for their basic needs. Recognising the enormous need for supplies, funds and assistance, Coca-Cola partners ha

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Hugh Campbell school may be open in days

THE Hugh Campbell Primary School that was severely damaged during Hurricane Dorian is being repaired and readied for students and teachers who could be back in the classrooms in just a matter of days.This is being made possible by Global Emergency Re

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WSC restoring supply to Marsh Harbour facilities

THE Water and Sewerage Corporation announced yesterday that it has commenced operations to restore interim water supply to “critical governmental facilities” in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. In a press statement released yesterday, WSC suggested that this w

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Raw sewage coming from drains at shelter

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell said raw sewage is sprouting from the drains of the Fox Hill Community Centre, the shelter housing scores of people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Last month, Fox Hill MP Shonel Ferguson told The Tribu

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Death toll now 61 - as more missing people named

POLICE recovered the body of a man in the Pigeon Peas community on Abaco yesterday, bringing the official death toll from Hurricane Dorian to 61.

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Insurer 'praying' Abaco 90% paid in six months

A top Bahamian insurer was yesterday “praying” that 90 percent of Abaco’s Dorian-related claims will be paid out within the next six months given the scale of the island’s devastation. Anton Saunders, RoyalStar Assurance’s managing director, told Tr

Port Lucaya chief: ‘Open in three weeks for safe buildings’

Port Lucaya Marketplace’s tenants and vendors yesterday yesterday received a boost after its owner pledged that all buildings deemed structurally safe will start to “re-open three weeks from today”.

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Bahamas-based oil explorer sees 4bn barrel upside

A Bahamas-based oil explorer was yesterday forced to deny it plans to raise further equity financing from institutional investors as interest in its 2020 drilling plans continues to ramp up.

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Lucayan chairman backs govt GB airport control

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday backed calls for the government to take over ownership of Grand Bahama International Airport from Hutchison Whampoa and the Port Authority.Emphasising that it was his personal opinion, and not government policy,

Activists blast no warning on ‘green’ bills

Several prominent activists yesterday denied they had been consulted on the environmental legislation tabled in the House of Assembly, and accused the government of exploiting Dorian.

The Bahamas, God's treasure

“I was sought by those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by my name. I have stretched out my hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way

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Robbery suspect shot dead by police

POLICE in New Providence are investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that left a suspected armed robber dead yesterday.

Calvary Churches are back on 'Crusade' here in Nassau

Calvary Church members agree that something powerful always happens when the people of God come together. “With the same mind and vision, demons have to flee, sick bodies are healed, and transformation takes,” they say. Now, members from all over th

Patricia Minnis to launch mentoring for girls

WHILE celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child, Patricia Minnis, the wife of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, will launch a women and girls mentoring coalition next week. In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the Internationa

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Ash denies claims of police bid to ‘synchronise’ Gibson testimony

A BUSINESSMAN yesterday denied assertions that a police officer had previously arranged for him and a woman connected to former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson to “synchronise” their statements against the former parliamentarian.

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Govt may pay squatters for land acquisition

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel says squatters may be entitled to compensation when the government compulsorily acquires land that once housed Abaco’s shanty towns if they satisfy the law’s stringent requirements.

Religious happenings around town

• Still Praising – The 26th Annual Christian Tabernacle Choirfest 2019 Time: Sunday, 6.30pm - 10pm Venue: Christian Tabernacle Church Experience choir worship like never before. Admission is free. Hosted by Apostle Christopher and Pastor Anna Russ

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Neglected: Residents of East End ‘still waiting’

THE massive destruction wrought by Hurricane Dorian a month ago is still visible in various East End settlements where some residents say they feel neglected and are eager for major debris removal to start in their storm-torn communities.

Meditation Trusting God in a time of economic challenge

There are several biblical passages in which we see how God blesses in difficult times:

Bahamas earn high marks for Optimist sailing

THE Bahamas came away highly regarded in their role as hosts and for their competition in the water at the biggest sailing event the country has hosted to date.

Our awesome God

We are often surprised by the power of the Holy Spirit, but as believers we really should not be. God is awesome and He reveals this to us frequently in His word, and by His actions.

Examining the causes of migrants

For years, we seem to notice that the Bahamian-Haitian issue has a pattern.

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Shaunae: ‘We both had personal best performances’

DOHA, Qatar — It’s very rare that you get to see a husband and wife compete on the same day and come out with the same medal in any competition.

Let us be kind after Dorian

Please allow me a little space in your valuable newspaper to share a few words with your reading audience.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Three Bills, hundreds of clauses, one giant step to save The Bahamas

IN the 1960s, long before the Queen Conch was the subject of conservation debate, the mollusk was so plentiful that some considered it a pest.

Two men saved as vessel capsizes

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol Unit yesterday confirmed the rescue of two men last week after their vessel capsized in waters near New Providence.

Rum summit hears Bahamas still open

The Bahamas Tourist Office in Florida recently partnered with John Watling’s, the Bahamian distillery, at the International Rum Conference to promote the 14 islands still open for business. “When invited to this conference we saw it as a great oppor

Attorney calls on Govt to permit accounts factoring

A Bahamian attorney yesterday called for the government to enable monies to better circulate in the economy by passing laws to facilitate businesses wishing to sell their receivables. Gregory Moss, the former MP, backed such schemes - known as accou

BAIC festival aims to promote prodcuers

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) will promote small-scale producers at its 16th BahamaArts Festival, which will be held from November 1-2 at Arawak Cay.The event will be held under the “Bahamian Tings” moniker at the Cay’s H

AG: Laws are flexible over 'seven-year wait'

The attorney general yesterday argued there was sufficient flexibility in Bahamian law to ensure relatives of missing Dorian victims will not wait seven years to access financial payouts.Carl Bethel QC, pictured, told Tribune Business that the existi

IAN FERGUSON: Retaining top talent requires just reward

Every employee wants to feel valued and appreciated for their efforts at work. Most employees also want to advance with new and expanded roles and pay. Sadly, most employers find themselves in a quandry where they are simply not able to promote every

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Two killed in separate attacks

TWO people were killed in separate murders yesterday.

Thursday, October 3

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STATESIDE: Who will face Trump - if he’s still President?

EVERY morning now, we open the newspaper, turn on the television or fire up the computer to hear new reports or opinions about American president Donald Trump, his administration and his many political critics.

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Police give advice after spate of armed robberies

AFTER a spate of recent armed robberies in the capital, Superintendent Shanta Knowles urged residents and business owners to be vigilant and to take all necessary precautions to remain safe.Supt Knowles encouraged business owners to secure their prop

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Activists claim government using hurricane to get rid of Haitians

RIGHTS Bahamas said the government’s policy of using the excuse of Hurricane Dorian to “ethnically cleanse the country of Haitian people” whether they have broken the law or not is “brutal” and “illegal.”In a statement released yesterday, the advocac

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Bahamians 'not given proper gear' to deal with Equinor spill

A human rights activist claims that Bahamians working to clean up the oil spill at the Equinor facility in Grand Bahama are not being provided with the proper hazmat gear as the foreign crew, leaving them exposed to dangerous toxic chemicals.Joseph D

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Albury 'rode it out just like everyone else'

CENTRAL and South Abaco MP James Albury said he rode out Hurricane Dorian in a house on Abaco. “I was in a house riding it out just like everyone else, the same exact position,” he said in the House of Assembly yesterday, responding to heckling from

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Silver for Shaunae in 400m final

DOHA, Qatar — One thing is for certain, the fans inside the Khalifa International Stadium got their money’s worth as Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain and Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo put on a classic showdown in the women’s 400 metres last night.

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Social Services teams go to hurricane zones

TWO additional teams from the Department of Social Services departed New Providence on Sunday for Abaco and Grand Bahama to assist with relief operations in the two areas of the Northern Bahamas most affected by Hurricane, Dorian. The teams relieved

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Five more missing people identified in storm search

POLICE released the identities and photos of five more residents of Grand Bahama who have not been seen or heard from since the passage of Hurricane Dorian a month ago. The missing High Rock residents – including a six-year-old boy – all lived at Emm

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Majority of $100m loan to be spent on electricity restoration and welfare

THE government will spend the lion’s share of its $100m Inter-American Development Bank loan on electricity restoration and enhanced social welfare measures, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday.

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Premier Travel: 15% growth is Benchmark

A BISX-listed firm yesterday said it is aiming to grow Premier Travel’s annual revenues by between ten to 15 percent following the completion of its first-ever venture capital investment.Julian Brown, Benchmark (Bahamas) president and chief executive

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Change Missing Person law over Dorian hardship

A well-known businessman yesterday warned that the financial hardship faced by relatives of those missing in Hurricane Dorian could be exacerbated without changes to Bahamian law.Sir Franklyn Wilson, the Arawak Homes and Sunshine Holdings chairman, t

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Minister hails 'feather in cap' of Chinese air deal

A Cabinet minister yesterday hailed the signing of an air services agreement with China as an “additional feather in the cap” for The Bahamas and its tourism product.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, confirmed to Tribune Business

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Chief Justice eyes 'five major reforms' before 2019 ends

The chief justice has revealed that “five significant” reform initiatives will be unveiled before 2019 year-end to start bringing the judicial system “in line with 21st century best practices”.Brian Moree QC, addressing new attorney admissions to the

Freeport store releases 22 due to 90% fall-off

A major Freeport hardware and supply store has been forced to let more than one-third of its employees go after Hurricane Dorian wiped out 90 percent of its revenue and inventory.

Optimist Sailing: Weech 41st overall after day 4

FOLLOWING a day of team racing, competition shifted back to individual competition on day four of the 2019 Optimist North American Championships.

War zone conditions in Abaco

Abaco after Dorian is the closest The Bahamas have ever been to a war zone, unique in our history.

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Nygard recusal bid rejected by court

SUPREME Court Justice Keith Thompson rejected Peter Nygard’s application that he recuse himself from addressing a matter in which Mr Nygard was found in contempt.Keod Smith, one of the respondents in the matter, alleged that his constitutional right

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Jones inks her name in WNBA record books

IT was an historic night for Jonquel Jones as she inked her name into the WNBA record books as one of the league’s top performers in finals history.

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PM orders acquisition of shanty town land

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday that Attorney General Carl Bethel has been instructed to compulsorily acquire land where shanty towns in Abaco once stood.

BPL against the people

The statement from URCA changing their policy concerning parties generating 1mw of alternative No cost to the beast BP&L is incredibly anti-consumer – Anti we The People.

Victims of climate change

Battered and bruised, The Bahamas is now the most recent island-nation to experience global warming’s wrath.

EDITORIAL: Put the phone down when you drive

FOR a long time, we have called in this column for action to be taken to clamp down on driving while using a phone. Well, we are delighted to see that as of Monday, this will be illegal.

Canada firm offers 24/7 crisis support

A CANADIAN human resources and tech company has opened its 24/7 crisis support line to help anyone affected by Hurricane Dorian. The company, Morneau Shepell, also made a financial donation to the Canadian Red Cross to support the efforts of the Red

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Strachan reflects on injury

DOHA, Qatar — It wasn’t the type of finish she had anticipated, but as she hobbled across the finish line in the semi-finals of the women’s 200 metres, Anthonique Strachan knew that something was wrong and was just hoping her right leg was not adversely affected.

No injuries as plane crashes in cross winds

POLICE are investigating a plane crash which occurred on Tuesday at Pitts Town Airport, Crooked Island. Shortly after 3pm, a PA32 Cherokee 6 aircraft, registration #N38677, left Deadman’s Cay, Long Island en route to Pitts Town Airport, with four pa

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Hanna Martin: Govt comments raising tensions over Haitians

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin is concerned about rising tensions between Bahamians and Haitians following Hurricane Dorian, saying yesterday the government’s commentary on immigration matters has done nothing to ease the tensions.

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PLP debate on Hurricane Dorian operations denied

HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie denied the opposition’s request yesterday for debate about the planning, management and execution of operations surrounding Hurricane Dorian.

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Ash: I was afraid - so I paid $80,000 to Gibson

JONATHAN Ash yesterday claimed that being in fear for his life prompted him to pay former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson $80,000 to ensure he would be paid the $1m plus he was owed for hurricane cleanup work.

Dorian shows why we must retake the Port

What happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian makes it imperative that the Government of The Bahamas makes a compulsory acquisition of The Grand Bahama Port Authority.In my opinion, inaction has been the hallmark of the Port Authority since Dori

Bahamian distillery's rum hits double gold

A Bahamian distillery yesterday announced that two of its rum brands, pictured, have won “double gold” and “silver”, respectively, at an international industry conference held in Florida. John Watling’s Distillery, located at the 1789 Buena Vista Est

Dorian Recovery Zones extended to cover GB

THE prime minister yesterday confirmed that the post-Dorian Economic Recovery Zones will be extended to cover Grand Bahama entirely – albeit only for one year.Dr Hubert Minnis, addressing the House of Assembly upon its return from summer recess, made

Dorian can 'accelerate' GB tech hub planning

The government’s focus on restoring information and communications services to small Bahamian businesses in Dorian’s wake links directly to the restart of its “technology hub” plan, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.Senator Kwasi Thompson, minister o

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Put down the phone while you drive - or break law

AS of Monday, the use of handheld devices while driving will be illegal, according to Transport Minister Renward Wells.

EDITORIAL: Abaco residents being left behind

A LACK of action by the government, no law on the streets, rampant theft and a future filled with nothing but uncertainty.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Child refugees struggle to get back to school

WE are consumed by our private lives. In many ways, we see our lives and experiences as synonymous with the Bahamian experience or the human experience.

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Lloyd: 'Enough is enough' over Carlton Francis teacher action

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd yesterday expressed frustration with teachers’ continued protest at Carlton E Francis Primary School, suggesting union members have been too quick to take industrial action in contravention of their industrial agreement.

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Gaither finishes eighth in 200m final

DOHA, Qatar: As fate would have it, Tynia Gaither drew lane nine again and finished eighth in the women's 200 metres final at the International Amateur Athletic Federation's 17th World Championships as she did two years ago at the last Worlds in London, England.

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$7.5m from US to provide humanitarian assistance

An additional $7.5m for ongoing humanitarian assistance and support for Grand Bahama and Abaco in response to Hurricane Dorian is being provided by the US government, it was announced by a US congressional delegation that travelled to Freeport on Tue

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Grand Lucayan talks resume tomorrow after Dorian delay

TALKS for the sale of the Grand Lucayan resort were postponed for several weeks because of Hurricane Dorian but should resume tomorrow, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.

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$18m payment for public servants affected by storm

THE overall cost of lump sum payments to public servants affected by Hurricane Dorian will be about $18m, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday.He told reporters outside Cabinet: “The final cost is still outstan

Port Lucaya owner blasts govt, insurer

The Port Lucaya Marketplace’s owner is accusing the government and his insurer of pressuring him to re-open the complex prematurely given its numerous unresolved “safety” issues. Peter Hunt told Tribune Business he was being “bashed on the head” for

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60% non-insurance 'huge factor' for Abaco's rebuild

The Abaco Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday warned that the 60 percent non-insurance rate will be a “huge factor” limiting the pace and extent of the island’s recovery.Ken Hutton told Tribune Business that the relatively low level of insuranc

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'Don't squander chance' for better disaster risk oversight

The Bahamas “must not squander the opportunity” offered by Hurricane Dorian to develop a better “framework” for managing disasters and other major risks, a specialist urged yesterday.Emmanuel Komolafe, a locally-based risk management professional, sa

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Renewable provider ‘totally disagrees; on URCA pay proposal

A renewable energy provider yesterday likened the latest regulatory proposal to private well users selling all water they produce to the Water & Sewerage Corporation before consuming it.

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Attorney: Use Carnival deal to fund airport

A top Freeport attorney today urges the government to ensure that the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) owners use their Carnival port proceeds to finance airport restoration.

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Gardiner first in 400m semifinal

DOHA, Qatar: In his first real test at the International Amateur Athletic Federation's 17th World Championships, Steven Gardiner came through with flying colours as he advanced to the men's 400 metre final for the second time.

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‘I paid Gibson $80k bribes’ – Money to minister ‘to release hurricane clean-up payments’

A businessman yesterday claimed he gave former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson, pictured, $80,000 in cash on five separate occasions to ensure he would be paid for Hurricane Matthew clean-up efforts.

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One dead, one hurt in drive-by shooting

POLICE are investigating a drive-by shooting that left one man dead and another one injured and in hospital.

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Left in limbo after Dorian

HURRICANE Dorian has disrupted the certainty and comfort that Haitians living in Abaco were once accustomed to, with many of them yesterday urging the government to let them rebuild.

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‘Savage’ response by govt to migrants

RIGHTS Bahamas criticised the government’s “savage and cold-hearted” position on displaced Hurricane Dorian migrant victims, pledging yesterday to alert international human rights groups to the policy.

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Abaco ‘has no law’ say residents

SOME Abaco residents trying to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Dorian’s destruction say their worries are compounded by continued incidents of looting and theft.

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Phoenix Suns to lean heavily on Deandre Ayton this season

THE Phoenix Suns have made several additions to its roster, but will still lean heavily on the improvement of second year centre Deandre Ayton as the franchise progresses.

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Alonzo Russell eliminated in 400 heat

DOHA, Qatar — Grand Bahamian Alonzo Russell, taking time off from his studies at Florida State University, will take the fifth place finish in his preliminary round of the men’s 400 metres at the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 17th World Championships.

Fred goes paragliding

THE last bodies have not even been removed from the rubble of the death-trap Abaconian shantytowns whose demolition he protested and Fred Smith is off in Italy, paragliding.

Thoughts on work permits

Recently, several prominent persons have suggested that “undocumented” persons be given the right to work for one year. Here are several thoughts about that idea.

Impeachment of Trump

Impeachment of President Trump? Clearly the Democrats are hell bent to achieve this they refuse to accept the results of their last General Election.

Davis disappoints

I was shocked to see in the newspapers on Wednesday that Philip “Brave” Davis was playing politics with the tragedy that happened in Abaco and Grand Bahama.

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WNBA finals: Jones and Sun even series 1-1

THE Connecticut Sun produced the better defensive effort they were looking for in game two and evened the best of five series in their chase for the 2019 WNBA title.

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THREE ACCUSED OF ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE IN FREEPORT

THREE Freeport men were charged with robbery with violence in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.Sterling Christie Jr, 20, of Nelson Road; Bradley Curry, 24, of Pine Tree Close; and Tyreke Mallory, 26, of Scott Avenue, appeared before Magistra

850 displaced students placed in New Providence

WITH Grand Bahama schools expected to open in a matter of weeks, Education Director Marcellus Taylor confirmed yesterday that 850 displaced students have already been registered and placed throughout schools in New Providence. Mr Taylor said the min

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‘Buddy’ takes centre stage as Kings open training camp

THE 2018-19 season was a breakout year for Buddy Hield with career highs across the board and he looks to continue that trend in the upcoming campaign.

How to secure GB airport's rebuilding

Dear Editor, I have been gratified by the growing realisation that Grand Bahama International Airport is an essential instrument, and critical, to the rehabilitation and revitalisation of the Grand Bahama economy.Without this our industrial plant will

Smart phone launch kicks-off BTC's small business month

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has launched its Small Business Month by unveiling the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 - the latest in a new line of premium smart phones.Garfield “Garry” Sinclair, BTC’s chief executive, said: “We are continuing t

BTC's 'marked progress' on infrastructure rebuild

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) chief executive says the carrier has made “marked progress” in restoring its Dorian-devastated network in Grand Bahama and Abaco.Garfield “Garry” Sinclair said: “In the last three weeks we’ve made marked

IDB will determine Dorian's full effect

The full cost of Hurricane Dorian could be determined within the month after the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) conducts its assessment, the deputy prime minister said yesterday. K Peter Turnquest confirmed that the multilateral lender will c

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FACE TO FACE: He aimed to become a judge - he served as the highest in the land

SIR Michael Barnett is living proof that if you can see it, and if you believe it with all your heart, then you can achieve it. Lifetime goals are something to never give up on, despite any obstacles that may come your way. He stands as a testament to the fact that it is indeed possible. Now in his sixties, he is at the peak of his career and is still going strong.

United Nations gives $1m to hurricane recovery

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis welcomed an announcement by the United Nations Development Programme that it will contribute $1m for Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts in The Bahamas.

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Attempted murder suspect granted bail ahead of trial

A 24-year-old man has been granted bail before his trial alleging that he tried to kill a woman five months ago.

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UB students welcomed at Hampton

IT’S been four weeks since Hurricane Dorian pummeled the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, and many hurricane victims are trying to get back to a normal routine.

EDITORIAL: Turning a cold shoulder after Dorian

What makes one victim of Hurricane Dorian deserve different treatment from another?

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Cooper blasts govt over hurricane response

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper attacked the Minnis administration’s response to Hurricane Dorian yesterday at a constituency branch meeting.

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Turnquest: PLP should help fix things, not just criticise

AS the government forges ahead with plans to restore storm-ravaged islands, Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said the country would be better served if the official opposition made contributions on fixing issues rather than criticising efforts.

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200m final place for Tynia Gaither

DOHA, Qatar: Sprinter Tynia Gaither, erasing the disappointment of not getting into the women's 100 metre final three days ago, will make her second straight global appearance in the final eight of the 200m on Tuesday night at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Hurricane survivors warned of risk of sex abuse

A LOCAL non-profit group is calling for increased awareness of the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian on those who are most vulnerable to the threat of sexual abuse and violence.

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Dorian exacerbates 'huge infrastructure challenges'

The Bahamas faced “serious challenges” with aging infrastructure prior to Hurricane Dorian, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said yesterday, with public investment “insufficient”.The multi-lateral lender, unveiling its Caribbean Regional Qua

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Sky principal: 'I won't play dead' despite $4.2m loss

Sky Bahamas has incurred costs worth $4.2m “and counting”, it was revealed yesterday, as it continues to battle Bahamian regulators over the rejection of its Air Operator Certificate (AOC).Captain Randy Butler, the airline’s president and chief execu

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Shaunae wins 400m semifinal

DOHA, Qatar — The buzz around the Khalifa International Stadium is not whether or not Shaunae Miller-Uibo will win her first world championship 400 metre title, but rather how fast she will run in the final on Thursday night.

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Central Bank says 'healthy growth' to resume from 2021

The Central Bank yesterday forecast that The Bahamas will “resume healthy economic growth” in 2021 following a potential Dorian-induced contraction next year as rebuilding gathers pace.The banking and monetary policy regulator, unveiling a much-chang

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Govt hit deficit goal at $222m

Hurricane Dorian may have rendered it somewhat academic, but the Central Bank yesterday affirmed the government hit its 2018-2019 deficit target by near-halving the “red ink” at $222.4m.The banking and monetary policy regulator, unveiling its pre-Dor

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URCA: 'All must carry their fair energy share'

Energy regulators yesterday said renewable providers had “misunderstood and misinterpreted” proposed reforms designed to ensure “equitable treatment for all stakeholders”.Shevonn Cambridge, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority’s (URCA)

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Another body found in Abaco

MARSH HARBOUR - OFFICIALS in Abaco recovered human remains on Tuesday from a portion of the Pigeon Peas shanty town, after the discovery was made by workers of a company contracted to clean up the area.

Thomas bows out in high jump

DOHA, Qatar: Clearly not at his best, Donald Thomas missed out on an opportunity to advance to the final of the men's high jump at the International Amateur Athletic Federation's 17th World Championships.

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Gardiner cruises into 400m semis

DOHA, Qatar — Despite battling a case of the flu, Steven Gardiner had a smooth and relaxed victory in heat five of the men’s 400 metres, securing him a berth into the semi-final on day five of the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 17th World Championships.

$6m dome shelter for Abaco refugees

THE government will spend $6 million to construct a “family relief centre” in Abaco that will feature dome housing structures capable of withstanding 180mph winds, according to shelter organiser John-Michael Clarke.

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Mental health and creativity go hand-in-hand at HEALinc Summit

The new group Emerging Creatives has partnered with the HEALinc Future Health Summit in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of the relationship between mental health and creativity.

How safe is vaping?

WITH 13 reported deaths, hundreds of new cases of a mysterious lung disease that has spurred congressional hearings in the US, the question now for many who enjoy vape pens and other e-cigarettes is how safe are they?

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Never too late to start

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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Men with shorter strides are 40 percent more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction

Japanese researchers have concluded that men who take shorter strides when walking are 40 percent more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than men who walk with long strides. The study conducted at the Hirosaki University determined that both erectile dysfunction and short strides when walking correlated strongly with men having weak pelvic muscles.

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LIFE LINES: Have you cleaned your windows lately?

“A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast the young woman saw a neighbour hanging the washing outside . . .

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Bahamian women enjoy ‘Ladylike’ night out at Fusion

It was very welcome break from the ordinary for the women who attended the second themed ladies’ night event at Fusion Superplex featuring the critically acclai≠med movie “Hustlers” starring Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Lizzo.

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Bahamians respond to H&M natural hair firestorm

International clothing brand H&M has found itself in hot water, facing fierce backlash over a new ad campaign featuring a young black girl with what some people are describing as an “unkempt” natural hairstyle.

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WNBA Finals: ‘I think it’s just a level of pride we have to have on defence’

FOR the Sun to even the WNBA Finals and earn a split on the road with a game two win tonight, Jonquel Jones said the team’s focus has to be on the defensive end of the floor.

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After day 2, Weech 36th overall at Optimist Championships

JOSHUA Weech set a personal goal of being a top 30 finisher at the 2019 Optimist North American Championships and the Bahamas’ team captain made a major advancement toward that goal on day two.

Senator is wrong

I recently noted a post by an opinionated Senator which I have up to this point tried to ignore... However, I feel the need to address matters when they emanate from persons seated in the Upper House of our Legislature due to what appears to be an inadvertent reliance on assumptions which are not grounded in reality nor placed in their proper historical context.

Lessons to learn from our history

From as far back as I can remember there have been factions in this country whose major ambition has been to keep Bahamians divided.

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PETER YOUNG: Britain’s contribution to hurricane relief

IN the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, The Bahamas has received so much aid, assistance and support from such a wide variety of sources, both at home and from overseas, that it would be invidious to single out any particular ones as being more worthy than others.

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$100m loan to pay for utilities and shelters

THE $100m Inter-American Development Bank loan contingency that was activated following Hurricane Dorian will fund the restoration of public utilities and ensure the construction of temporary shelters on affected islands, Finance Minister Peter Turnquest explained yesterday.

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Attorney General tells migrants who lost jobs in storm to leave country

MIGRANT storm victims who have lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Dorian “need to go home” even if their work permits are not yet expired, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.

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‘Deaf ears’ from ministry for teachers in school dispute

IRATE teachers at Carlton E Francis Primary School criticised the Ministry of Education for allowing their “cries to fall on deaf ears”.

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No jail time for doctor caught with marijuana

A BAHAMIAN doctor has been granted a conditional discharge for being caught with almost 10 ounces of marijuana in his residence earlier this year.

Shipyard unveils first post-Dorian dry-dock

Grand Bahama Shipyard yesterday said it has dry-docked its first vessel since re-opening shortly after Hurricane Dorian hit The Bahamas early last month. Taipei Trader , a 9,932-ton containership operated by Lomar Shipping, docked at the number thre

Bahamas promotes wealth management in New York

The Bahamas has hosted a New York breakfast briefing on how international financial centres (IFCs) can be used to grow and maintain private family wealth. The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) teamed with the Ministry of Financial Services to