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Monday, September 30

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NEMA September 30 update

The management team of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and members of its Emergency Support Functions groupings will travel to Abaco Tuesday via Bahamasair flight.

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09302019 EDITION

Monday, 30th September, 2019.

EDITORIAL: What are we doing to fight climate change?

The words were ominous: “How will we continue to exist?”

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BUSINESS BITES: Onward from Dorian

THE physical rebuilding of Abaco and Grand Bahama has already started  and will continue. The rubble will be cleared away, businesses reopened, and new houses built. It won’t be easy or quick, but the energy of the Bahamian people, with generous help and expertise from abroad, will prevail.

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WORLD VIEW: United Kingdom: Winning elections is everything

AS she delivered the unanimous decision of the 11 members of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (UK), on the unlawfulness of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, advising the Queen to prorogue Parliament, I admit to being mesmerised by the startling brooch being worn by the Court’s President, Baroness Brenda Hale.

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INSIGHT: Hooray for Carnival, but where’s our environmental protection laws?

IT was just a few months ago that the Minister of Environment and Housing labelled Carnival Corporation’s dumping scandal “environmental savagery”. And yet all seemed to have been forgiven when Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was present for the signing of a heads of agreement to cement the $100m mega cruise port deal in Grand Bahama.

Victims urged to come identify rescued dogs

THE Bahamas Humane Society currently has about 90 dogs that are Hurricane Dorian victims and the shelter is calling on affected pet owners to identify their animals. The BHS airlifted more than 200 dogs out of its shelter in New Providence to facilit

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12 ambulances donated to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

THE National Emergency Management Services received a boost to its fleet of emergency service vehicles after Global Medical Response donated 12 ambulances in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The first donation of four ambulances took place on Sept

'We are not allowed to get into our premises at Port Lucaya'

FRUSTRATED store owners at Port Lucaya Marketplace claim they are being prevented from entering the premises to get access to their stores, even though power and water have already been restored there.Only once have they had access to their businesse

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'Absolutely no truth' to rumours of Haitian political party

A SPOKESPERSON for the United Haitian Community Front said the rumours circulating on social media surrounding a new Haitian political party running for office in The Bahamas in 2020 are false. Activist Louby Georges told The Tribune yesterday: “The

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Minnis tells tourists: We're open for business

ON his flight back to The Bahamas after addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis took to the plane’s intercom to invite tourists to spread the word that most of the country was still open for busines

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Dorian flooded autos 'a disaster in waiting'

Bahamas First’s top executive has warned consumers to be alert for the recycling of Dorian-flooded vehicles back into the market as they represent “a future disaster waiting to happen”. Patrick Ward, the insurer’s president and chief executive, told

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Renewable energy: URCA's revisions 'worst imaginable'

Renewable energy providers yesterday blasted proposed new regulatory guidelines as “the worst imaginable” solution that threatens to “set The Bahamas backwards as a nation”. The Sustainable Energy Association of the Bahamas (SEAB), in particular, wa

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‘Managing Dorian’ fall-out critical to avoid downgrade

The Bahamas’ ability to attract high-quality investment and manage restoration costs following Dorian will be critical to avoiding a sovereign credit rating downgrade, a cabinet minister says.

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Oil explorer in four additional finance offers

A Bahamas-based oil explorer has revealed that some of the four additional financing offers it has received would cover the $20m-$25m costs of its first exploratory well by themselves.Simon Potter, Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) chief executive, t

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UPDATED: Defence Force Marine killed as vehicle smashes into pole

A MAN is dead after crashing into a utility pole on Baillou Hill Road early Sunday morning.

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Gaither into 200m semis

DOHA, Qatar: The 100 metres didn't go as planned, but after falling short of getting into the final, Tynia Gaither likes her chances in the 200m.

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Strachan wins heat in 200m

DOHA, Qatar: With two of the top contenders withdrawing from her heat, Anthonique Strachan opened her appearance at the International Amateur Athletic Federation's 17th World Championships with a victory.

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Miller-Uibo storms into semis

DOHA, Qatar — Shaunae Miller-Uibo made her 400 metres debut at the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 17th World Championships look so easy.

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Suspect pinned to fence by victim's truck

A MAN chased a suspected armed robber with his truck before pinning him to a chain link fence with his vehicle, officials said.

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Size of oil spill still a mystery

FOUR weeks after Hurricane Dorian, Equinor still does not know how much oil was spilled from its South Riding Point facility in East Grand Bahama or the exact parameters of the land area that was affected, an official said.

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Hurricane Dorian death toll up to 58

THE official death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen to 58, according to Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson.

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Senator: Give undocumented the right to work for a year

SENATOR Ranard Henfield wants undocumented storm evacuees in shelters to be given freedom to reside and work legally in The Bahamas if they divulge information about their traffickers and comply with other requirements.

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Legislation planned to protect the elderly

FRANKIE Campbell, Social Services and Urban Development Minister, said legislation will be drafted by the end of the year prioritising the vulnerable in society, such as the elderly.During a recent interview, Mr Campbell said the legislation will be

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Micronesia donates $100,000 in support

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was presented with a $100,000 donation to assist with Hurricane Dorian recovery and reconstruction efforts from Micronesia, a small nation in the western Pacific with a population of just over 100,000. Dr Minnis recei

Our past with the Haitians

It’s heartbreaking in a so-called Christian country, where Bahamians carry their Bibles to church on Sundays to sing Hosanna to their Creator, and yet on Mondays will be shouting hell fire on the heads of less fortunate human beings — the Haitians. Bahamians forget that Haitians are also God’s creation, and in God’s sight they are of equal value.

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Mystics beat Jones and Sun 95-86 in WNBA Finals opener

The Washington Mystics got off to a hot shooting start in the first quarter and it proved to be too much for the Connecticut Sun to overcome in game one of the WNBA Finals. The Mystics won 95-86 over the Sun at home yesterday in Washington DC’s Ente

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Minister Rolle meets with Team Bahamas

DOHA, Qatar — Before she leaves to return to the business of the House of Assembly on Tuesday morning, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle met with Team Bahamas at the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 17th World Championshi

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Sports Minister Meets with IAAF President Coe in Qatar

DOHA, QATAR — Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle (left) met with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President, Lord Sabastian Coe during the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on September 27. Minister R

Top junior sailors make a splash on day 1

THE top junior sailors in the region set sail in Montagu Bay yesterday for day one of fleet racing at the 2019 Optimist North American Championships. The Nassau Yacht Club and Bahamas National Sailing School are currently hosting one of the most pre

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SCHEDULE: Bahamas at the 17th IAAF Worlds

DOHA, Qatar — Here’s a glance of the upcoming events for Team Bahamas at the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 17th World Championships: Tuesday, October 1 Men’s 400m heats 9:35am EST - Steven Gardiner and Alonzo Russell. Men’s high j

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'I was really sad when I learned that it was coming to an end'

DOHA, Qatar — After serving for two consecutive terms as a Councilwoman of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, Pauline Davis-Thompson’s tenure will officially be over at the end of the 17th World Championships here on Sunday, October 7.Dav

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Gaither misses out on 100m final spot

DOHA, Qatar: Tynia Gaither's bid to make the final of the women's 100 metre on Sunday at the International Amateur Athletic Federation's 17th World Championships fell short as she could only muster a fifth place finish.

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Jones disqualified in men’s 200m heats

DOHA, Qatar: Grand Bahamian Terrance Jones, hoping to make the most of his invitation by the International Amateur Athletic Federation to compete in the 17th World Championships, was disqualified in the first round of the heats of the men's 200 metres.

Speak up to save us all

Climate change.....in 60 years what might be left of our island nation?

Tourism tells Canada: We're open for visitors

Top Ministry of Tourism executives last week travelled to Montreal to deliver the message that The Bahamas is open for business and ready for Canadian travellers after Hurricane Dorian. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism, and Ellison ‘Tommy’ Tho

Hutchison donates $500k to GB rebuild

Hutchison Ports’ three Grand Bahama business units have presented the government with a $500,000 donation specifically earmarked for the rebuilding of Grand Bahama. The donation was made on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at the Prime Minister’s Offi

Firm partners with charter in Dorian relief

BahamasLocal.com partnered with the crew of the MV Impulse and the Bahamas Red Cross to deliver Dorian relief supplies to Little Abaco and East End, Grand Bahama. Determined to make an impact, they loaded the luxury yacht with 16 pallets of goods in

Broker's Dorian rental plans gain 'incredible momentum'

A Bahamian real estate broker says his proposed Rental Assistance Programme for Hurricane Dorian victims is gaining “incredible momentum” among potential investors. Mario Carey, principal of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate MCR Group Bahamas, sa

'Tact and strategy' need over tourism promotion

The Bahamas must “tactfully and strategically” promote it is open for business ahead of the all-important winter tourism season’s November start, a top hotelier says.Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice-president of government and external affairs, b

Saturday, September 28

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Gaither qualifies for 100m semis

DOHA, Qatar: Running blind out of lane two of the women's 100 metres heats, Tynia Gaither bolted out to a terrific start, but didn't see the rest of the field as they reeled her in.

Friday, September 27

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09272019 EDITION

Friday, 27th September, 2019.

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09272019 WEEKEND

Friday, 27th September, 2019.

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Dames impressed by Grand Bahama restoration efforts

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames was impressed with the continuing effort to restore and rebuild the island of Grand Bahama.

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WHO Director General pledges support after Dorian

THE World Health Organization’s Director General paid a courtesy call on Health Minister Dr Duane Sands on Friday to pledge the organisation’s support in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

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PM tells UN General Assembly: Bahamas under threat from climate change

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said during the United Nations General Assembly meeting that the beauty and existence of the Bahamas is under grave threat from climate change, adding that considerably more than 56 people have died in the country because of Hurricane Dorian.

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12,000 barrels of oil and water recovered after Equinor spill

Approximately 12,000 barrels of oil and water have been recovered to date by clean-up crews in response to the oil spill incident triggered by Hurricane Dorian at the Equinor South Riding Point facility in East Grand Bahama.

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Cost of restoring water and power to Abaco '$110m'

IT will cost about $110m to restore water and electricity services to all of Abaco, Works Minister Desmond Bannister said yesterday.

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Court hears Shane Gibson 'showed exemplary behaviour'

A SENIOR government official testified Friday that former Labour Minister Shane Gibson showed exemplary behaviour by trying to make the process by which contractors were paid following Hurricane Matthew in 2016 more transparent, accountable and less costly to taxpayers.

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Carnival signing a 'significant step' towards rebuilding Grand Bahama

KWASI Thompson, State Minister for Grand Bahama, sees the signing of a heads of agreement with Carnival Corporation as a “significant step” towards the rebuilding of a new, improved Grand Bahama – an island left in ruins following Hurricane Dorian.

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Major damage to 51 percent of assessed residences in Abaco

FIFTY ONE percent of residences in assessed Abaco communities sustained major damage from Hurricane Dorian, with nearly half of them not salvageable, Works Director Melanie Roach said on Friday.

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Twin brothers miss out on triple jump final spot

DOHA, Qatar: They were hoping for a double in the men's triple jump at the Khalifa International Stadium in their first appearance together at the International Amateur Athletic Federation's 17th World Championships.

EDITORIAL: Scars that will linger in our nation

FOR those of us who did not go through the horrific experience of Hurricane Dorian, it is hard to grasp the level of trauma suffered by those who did.

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Dames urges new graduates to ‘stand firm’ in police jobs

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames congratulated 100 new police graduates yesterday for successfully completing the police recruit training programme.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: The Mudd shows two sides to every story

IF ever there were proof that there are two sides to a story, it’s in the history of The Mudd, a community obliterated by the flood waters, swells, surges and winds of Hurricane Dorian. The Category 5 storm of historic proportions took an untold number of lives and wiped out a shanty town that more than 1200 people called home.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Ferreira’s story is one for the birds

AS hard as I try not to point the deserved finger at certain entities and a particular administration in these trying times, post Hurricane Dorian, this week the MP for Marathon and Minister for the Environment Romauld Ferreira, really got my goat! (Pun intended).

Event aims to turn hope into action

A MUSIC and art event being held tonight aims to raise funds for hurricane relief - but also to raise awareness of issues of mental health and care for the environment.

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Carnival: Ships to return after assessment

AS Grand Bahama recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, a top Carnival Corporation executive has assured residents that the company’s ships would return to Freeport as soon as they complete an assessment on the island.

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1800kw engine delivered to Abaco by BPL

BAHAMAS Power & Light has confirmed the arrival of a 1,800-kilowatt generator in Abaco, weeks after Hurricane Dorian destroyed most of the utility provider’s infrastructure on the island.

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Amazon delivers relief supplies

ON Monday, two Amazon Air flights loaded with hurricane relief supplies landed at the Grand Bahama International Airport - the latest in a series of aid drops benefitting the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF).

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Missing since the storm

POLICE have officially issued missing persons bulletins for several individuals from the High Rock community in East Grand Bahama who have not been seen or heard from since the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

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Healthcare suffers $90m ‘massive blow’ in Dorian

A Cabinet minister yesterday revealed that Hurricane Dorian was estimated to have inflicted $90m worth of damage on the public healthcare infrastructure, describing it as “a massive blow”.

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Minister moves to ‘arrest double digit booking fall’

The Minister of Tourism yesterday said he is quickly moving to “arrest the double digit decrease” in forward visitor bookings post-Dorian with some hotels suffering a 20-40 percent fall-off.

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Aliv places Dorian repairs at $5m-$10m

Aliv yesterday completed the full restoration of its mobile towers in Abaco and east Grand Bahama, finishing a storm recovery “first phase” estimated to have cost between $5m-$10m.

Chamber chief: ‘Can’t exclude Freeport City’

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday warned the government that “you cannot exclude Freeport” from its Hurricane Dorian Economic Recovery Zones.

Abaco Outboard pledges January start on rebuild

An Abaco-based business yesterday pledged to begin rebuilding by January 2020 as it constructs a temporary facility to house its business.

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WNBA Finals: Jones and Sun to face Mystics in Game 1 Sunday

The matchup for the 2019 WNBA title tips off this weekend and Jonquel Jones’ Connecticut Sun are set to go head-to-head against the Washington Mystics and the reigning league MVP - Elena Delle Donne.

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THE PRESS BOX: The Cowboys can beat the Saints again

LAST season the Dallas Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints due to a very good defensive effort.

Lumberjacks basketball to lend support in Dorian aftermath

GRAND Bahama native Nathan Bain is entering his senior season with Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks men’s basketball and the programme looks to lend support in the Hurricane Dorian relief effort.

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Ayton, Hield lead charge in Hurricane relief effort

DEANDRE Ayton and Buddy Hield continue to be two of the leading voices for Bahamian athletes in the Hurricane Dorian relief effort.

Colebrook: Bahamas entitled to international financial support

AS a member of the Union Cycliste Internationale, Bahamas Cycling Federation president Roy Colebrook said the Bahamas is entitled to some international financial support. So he’s off to appeal for the cycling community affected by Hurricane Dorian.

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Miller-Uibo has support in the stands

WHEN she competes in the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 17th World Championships in Doha, Qatar, quarter-miler Shaunae Miller-Uibo will have some familiar faces in the stands at the​ renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium.

How do we treat our neighbours?

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”—Malcolm S Forbe

Thank you for helping Ranfurly

As you know, just over three weeks ago, one of the most powerful hurricanes in Bahamian history unleashed its deadly force on the Islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. In Hurricane Dorian’s wake, it is estimated that over 70,000 people have been displaced. Amongst the displaced have been the children from the home in Grand Bahama. A total of twenty-three (23) children have been added to our Ranfurly Family. A small but important number by comparison. These children are the most vulnerable of the vulnerable.

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Marijuana packages found next to bus stop

TWO taped packages of suspected marijuana worth over $3,000 were discovered in a garbage container at a public bus stop in the Freeport area, police reported.

PETA donates to animal rescue

THIS week, PETA donated $2,500 to a fundraiser set up by Oakland, California resident Douglas Thron, a cinematographer and animal activist who recently used a drone to locate and rescue an abandoned dog from “mountains of debris” on Abaco in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

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Emergency teams given new work outfits

ONE hundred t-shirts and 200 work pants have been donated by to the National Emergency Medical Services staff as part of Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. The donation was made by Acute Air Ambulance – Aitheras Aviation and the Cintas Uniform Company.

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Ragged Islanders fear being pushed aside after Dorian

RAGGED Island residents were feeling neglected even before Hurricane Dorian ravaged Grand Bahama and Abaco.

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Tormented by memories of the storm

NIGHTS are the worst for Lavario Pinder.

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Hurricane death toll reaches 56

THE Hurricane Dorian death toll has increased to 56 and Royal Bahamas Police Force officials have again urged people to report missing relatives to the Central Detective Unit.

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Gibson ‘urged man to pay him $300k’

FORMER PLP Labour Minister Shane Gibson took “advantage” of a businessman by encouraging the man to pay him over $300,000 to ensure the contractor would be paid for hurricane clean-up efforts, a Crown attorney claimed yesterday.

Cruise line partners to boost Bahamas travel

Royal Caribbean International has teamed with a company representing 50,000 North American travel agents to launch an exclusive offer supporting travel to The Bahamas.

Carnival’s $100m cruise port must ‘bring jobs back’

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s principle yesterday called on the $100m Carnival cruise port to hire local contractors and workers as a way to “bring jobs back” to the island.

Life coach to assist storm victims on jobs

A Bahamian life coach will host a free work readiness day tomorrow in a bid to prepare Abaco and Grand Bahama residents for potential job opportunities

IAN FERGUSON: Don’t paper over these workplace advantages

Technology has so seamlessly replaced paper processes that it is difficult to remember how things used to be done. In nearly all cases, the evolution from paper-based items to their electronic counterparts is profoundly more efficient.

NIB gets 676 Dorian jobless claims so far

The National Insurance Board (NIB) yesterday said it had received 676 unemployment benefit claims from persons displaced by Hurricane Dorian over the three weeks to this Wednesday.

Thursday, September 26

Over 50 churches answer the call to help rebuild Grand Bahama

The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF) has partnered with local clergy on the island continue to assist those impacted by Hurricane Dorian,The GBDRF is an organisation formed by the directors of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) to

Going on the spiritual offensive - Churches unite to form prayer chain across Nassau -

More than 50 churches across Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco have united as Churches United in Christ Networking to host three nights of “Prayer, Repentance and Revival” for the Bahamas.The crusade will be held this Sunday through Tuesday, October 1,

Meditation Celebrating with joy

Celebrating with joy is a distant memory for many persons at this time. To feel lighthearted when you have lost loved ones can seem to be impossible, while losing our home and all of our possessions is an added nightmare. The economic climb will be u

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09262019 EDITION

Thursday, 26th Thursday, 2019.

EDITORIAL: This is how we start to recover

THE signing of the heads of agreement for the new cruise port would have been a landmark moment for Grand Bahama regardless. In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, it’s more than that – it’s a lifeline.

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STATESIDE: The race has begun

TUESDAY was the day the 2020 presidential campaign really began in the US.

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Ministry rejects 'irresponsible' story about death of marine

THE Ministry of Health has refuted a “misleading” story circulating on social media about the “unfortunate” death of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine. The ministry said the the marine in question died of cardiac arrest after he went to the Marsh

Deal signed for 507 more CCTV cameras

THE Ministry of National Security signed a contract with Proficient Business Services yesterday for the expansion of the government’s closed-circuit television system, adding an additional 507 cameras to the initiative. National Security Minister Ma

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State-recognised funeral for John 'Chippie' Chipman

A state-recognised funeral will be held for John Arthur “Chippie” Chipman MBE on Saturday, September 28, at 11am at St Agnes Anglican Church on Baillou Hill Road and Cockburn Street. The interment will follow at St Agnes Cemetery, Nassau Street. Mr

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Officials appointed to complaints board

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday announced the appointment of officials to the Police Complaints Inspectorate. The civilian organisation is legally mandated to investigate complaints against police officers. A US human rights repor

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Tropical Storm Karen may start moving back towards the Bahamas

WEATHER officials are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Karen, telling The Tribune it was too early to definitively state whether the country would be directly affected by this weather system. Geoffrey Greene, chief meteorologist at the Departme

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Couple fined after children put out on the street at night

A woman and her lover were each fined more than $1,000 because she put her three young children “out on the street”, instructing them to go to the man’s house in the middle of the night.

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$3m received in donations by NEMA

JUST over $3m in monetary donations for Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts have been received by the National Emergency Management Agency and deposited into its bank account, NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell confirmed yesterday.

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Businessman: Give 5,000 work visas to Bahamians

WILLIAM Douglass, an American businessman with a home in Eleuthera, wants the Trump administration to issue temporary work visas to Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

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4,000 evacuees sought relocation to the US

MORE than 4,000 evacuees from the Bahamas sought temporary relocation in the United States after being forced to leave their homes in Abaco and Grand Bahama following monster storm Dorian.

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'Freeport won't work' if airport fear realised

A top Grand Bahama hotelier yesterday warned that “Freeport’s business model won’t work” unless its airport is rapidly restored to a standard where it can receive US and international flights.Magnus Alnebeck, Pelican Bay’s general manager, told Tribu

Landfill firm hails 'first fire free summer in decades'

The New Providence landfill’s operator yesterday hailed the “first fire-free swummer in decades” as a “remarkable accomplishment” amid key boardroom changes.Henry Dean, deputy chairman of New Providence Ecology Park, declined to comment on Felix Stub

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Minister hails Carnival's 'monumental' $100m deal

A Cabinet minister yesterday hailed Carnival Corporation’s $100m Grand Bahama port deal as “monumental” for breaking the model of cruise line control at their private destinations.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Bus

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Broker defeats its suspension

A Bahamian broker/dealer has hinted it resorted to court action to remove the five-day licence/registration suspension imposed on it last week by the Securities Commission.

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PM urged: Reduce the burden for GB

A leading Grand Bahama business executive has urged the Prime Minister to ensure “the burden on our businesses is reduced as we rebuild for the umpteenth time”.

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Surgeons save Fred Smith’s life after paragliding horror crash

ATTORNEY Fred Smith is recovering in a European hospital after surviving a near fatal paragliding accident in Italy on Sunday that required five-hour surgery.

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Boyce seeking financial support for Tokyo Olympics qualification

LENNOX Boyce continues his rise as the leading amateur boxer in the country and continues to seek local funding as support toward his qualification for the 2020 Olympics.Boyce recently won his division at the Title Impact Boxing Championships II, Sat

Jones and Higgs join in Hurricane Dorian relief recovery effort

A PAIR of University of Texas Longhorns student athletes led their respective programme’s Hurricane Dorian relief recovery initiatives. In an effort to provide aid and supplies to local victims of Hurricane Dorian, Texas Athletics partnered with the

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Minister Rolle off to IAAF's 17th World Championships

With an official three-member delegation, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle is off to the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 17th World Championships in Doha, Qatar, to support the nine-member Bahamian track and field team.

The simple truth after the storm

The Prime Minister has just announced the creation of a new Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, in part to aid in disaster preparedness. The question is why, isn’t that what NEMA was tasked to do and what skills or experience does the new minister have that qualifies him for this role?

We must pray for the PM

We begin with a verse from sacred Scripture found in 1st Timothy 2: 1& 2 – “I urge you then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for the people, for Kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

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‘Tough’ for police after crime spike

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday insisted that police are solving crimes, although he admitted that a recent spate of criminal activity over the last month has made the job “tough” for officers.

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Abaco restaurant won’t return after hurricane

THE pictures of savory dishes and idyllic seaside views are still displayed on the Facebook page of The Bae, tokens of what once existed in west Abaco, but will exist no more.

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Time to rebuild: $100m signing for cruise port in wake of storm

THE government and Carnival Corporation signed a heads of agreement for the development of a $100m cruise port in East Grand Bahama, three weeks after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the island.

Integrity Bill hope revived for anti-corruption activists

Anti-corruption activists yesterday said it would be a “major breakthrough” if the Integrity Commission Bill is ready and “on the table” for when the House of Assembly reconvenes.They were responding to comments made yesterday by Carl Bethel QC, who

BREA chief urges landlord leniency

The Bahamas Real Estate Association’s (BREA) president yesterday called on landlords to be lenient in a bid to ease the shortage of affordable rental housing post-Hurricane Dorian.Christine Wallace-Whitfield, pictured, said rental units priced betwee

ART OF GRAPHIX: How artists differ from designers

You are probably thinking: “Can there really be an entire article devoted to the differences between a graphic artist and graphic designer?” You may not realise, but there are considerable differences.

Chamber reactivates 'Restore Bahamas'

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce yesterday unveiled the relaunch of its “Restore Bahamas” initiative to help small businesses rebound from Hurricane Dorian’s devastation.The private sector organisation said it was reviving the effort conceived in 2015

PwC raises $375k for hurricane relief

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Caribbean affiliates and US Charitable Foundation have donated a collective $375,000 to Hurricane Dorian disaster recovery efforts in The Bahamas.The partners and staff of PwC’s Caribbean affiliates in The Bahamas, Bermud

Wednesday, September 25

NPSA Playoffs: Wildcats get 11-4 win over Mingoes

THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes women’s softball team suffered an 11-4 loss to the Wildcats in New Providence Softball Association playoff action on Tuesday at the Bankers Field. UB head coach Shane Albury said the team just had too many erro

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09252019 EDITION

Wednesday, 25th September, 2019.

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Man plunges from third-floor roof after girlfriend murdered

GRAND Bahama police are investigating a murder and attempted suicide that left a young mother dead and her boyfriend critically injured after he reportedly jumped from the third floor of an apartment building in Freeport late Tuesday.

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ALICIA WALLACE: A time to work together

HURRICANE relief work continues with donations coming in, needs changing, and systems being imagined, debated and, in fewer cases, created.

EDITORIAL: Don't oppose for sake of opposing

FOR all the talk of the need for unity in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, it seems as if political sniping might be returning once more.

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MP fails to overturn eviction

FOX Hill MP Shonel Ferguson has failed to convince the Court of Appeal to give her investment company another chance to try to overturn its Supreme Court-ordered eviction from a building on which it allegedly never paid real property taxes since assu

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Sands says process of placing nurses is slow

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that there have been some outstanding challenges in getting nurses processed through the public health care system. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet yesterday, Dr Sands said post-Hurricane Dorian, s

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All sides agree 4m site plan approval should be quashed

THE approval the government gave a Harbour Island developer to construct its multi-million dollar project on that island was unlawful, the Supreme Court heard yesterday.The conclusion was shared by all parties involved in the dispute: lawyers for the

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Mitchell: Shanty towns should not be rebuilt

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell said the major Abaco shanty towns should not be rebuilt.Speaking to reporters yesterday at a press conference held at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Mitchell lamented Hurricane Dorian’s

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Oil spill damage just 'a goat and three birds' says minister

ONLY a goat and three birds were negatively impacted by the recent oil spill in Grand Bahama, Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira said yesterday. Officials do not know how much oil spilled when Hurricane Dorian blew the tops off Equinor’s storage

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One in four homes assessed in Grand Bahama destroyed

AS the Department of Social Services continues its home assessments in Grand Bahama, officials have revealed that of the 879 homes assessed so far after Hurricane Dorian, some 217 were considered totally destroyed.Paula Marshall, director of social s

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Red Cross: We'll be there until work is done

POST-recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian are critical and the Red Cross will be there until the work is done, according to president of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Dr Francesco Rocca.Spe

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GB Power: Extra $6m-$10m 'pays off'

Grand Bahama Power Company yesterday said the extra $6m-$10m it invested in strengthening its network over the past two years “really paid off” during Hurricane Dorian.Dave McGregor, the utility’s chief executive, told Tribune Business that damage to

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Bahamians must 'mobilise corruption outrage to action'

Bahamians must “mobilise their outrage into action” if this nation is to defeat both real and perceived corruption plaguing society, governance reformers urged yesterday.Matt Aubry, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) executive direct

Dorian-hit firm: We will be 'stronger than ever'

A major Freeport retailer/wholesaler is aiming to “fully reopen” its building materials division tomorrow, as it pledged to rebound from Hurricane Dorian “stronger than ever before”.John Doherty, Kellys (Freeport’s) general manager, told Tribune Busi

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DPM: 'No room' for bribe paying

The deputy prime minister yesterday asserted “there is no room” for the conduct that saw The Bahamas ranked as the region’s worst when it came to paying “bribes of convenience”.KP Turnquest urged Bahamians to inform the relevant minister or permanent

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Dorian's $80m hit to farms, fisheries 'quite staggering'

Hurricane Dorian has inflicted “quite staggering” $80m-plus damages on the Bahamian agricultural and fisheries industries, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.Michael Pintard, minister of agriculture and fisheries, said the government was now deter

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Visiting teams start to show up for Optimist Championships

THE visiting teams from the 20 participating countries are starting to show up for the 2019 Optimist North American Championships that is being staged at the Nassau Yacht Club this weekend.

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Panthers and Defenders donate to DW Davis

AS the benefactors of the use of the DW Davis Gymnasium, Jason Saunders said it was only fitting that their Panthers and Defenders ladies and men’s volleyball teams give back something tangible to the school’s athletic programme.

Iram Lewis is not saved

The appointment of Iram Lewis to the newly constructed Minister of Disaster Preparedness is only designed to try to control who gets assistance or not. It is a clear sign of the desperation by the FNM to salvage what little is left of what used to be “FNM Country”.

Honouring 'Chippie'

As our Bahamian Isles navigate through the ravishes of Hurricane Dorian; I was saddened to hear about the passing of “John Chippie Chipman”. He was blessed to live to see 90 years of age. He was a cultural icon, legendary icon, outstanding entertainer, Junkanoo Hall of Famer, Member of The British Empire and many accomplishments, too many to mention.

Dorian disaster priorities

I moved to Grand Bahama in 1968 and have worked and lived here ever since. I love the island and Grand Bahamians and have seen them prosper. Now, I fear greatly for their future. I see their Dorian despair firsthand when helping my church distribute food to the residents in the worst hit areas every day.

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Coach Ronald Cartwright gets IAAF’s Veteran Pin

It was another momentous day for the Bahamas at the 17th International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Championships as Ronald Cartwright became the latest Bahamian to receive the IAAF’s Veteran Pin.

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Gibson bribery trial delayed

THE anticipated start of former PLP Cabinet minister Shane Gibson’s bribery trial was put off yesterday due to the development of certain preliminary legal issues, The Tribune confirmed.

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Tennyson Wells dies: Former minister had lengthy health battle

AFTER battling prostate cancer, hypertension and diabetes, “tenacious” and “fearless” former Cabinet minister Tennyson Wells died at his home yesterday morning.

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Davis: GB needs ten times funds govt has pledged

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Phillip “Brave” Davis has called on the Minnis administration to increase the available funding for storm-ravaged Grand Bahama to $100m.

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Restoring Rand after storm will cost $19m

IT WILL cost roughly $19m to return Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama to working condition following Hurricane Dorian, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed yesterday.

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Donated money ‘for only Dorian victims’

DONOR money received by the government from dozens of entities and neighbouring countries will only be used to assist those affected by deadly Hurricane Dorian, insisted Finance Minister Peter Turnquest yesterday.

Sports Notes

THE most valuable player (MVP) in the City Bowling League competition Monday night at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Center was Kevin B Williams of the Asurewin Pocket Pleasers with a 235-second high game and a 629 high three-game series.

Dorian blows away 2,500 tourism jobs

Some 2,500 tourism jobs, which supported more than 10,000 family members, were blown away by Hurricane Dorian it was revealed yesterday.The category five storm’s impact on employment levels in The Bahamas’ largest private sector industry was exposed

Environmentalists 'not only oil drilling voices'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said environmentalists are “not the only voice in the room” when it comes to determining whether The Bahamas should permit oil exploration in its waters.Romauld Ferreira, minister of the environment and housing, said the

BTC to resume mobile billings

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it had made good progress with the restoration of its mobile network in Grand Bahama.Garfield “Garry” Sinclair, BTC’s chief executive, said: “Our crews have made really good progress on rest

Realtor adds sales agent

Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty has named Christina Cunningham as the latest estate agent to join its sales team.“The Nassau real estate market continues to grow at a steady pace,” Lana Rademaker, the company’s chief brokerage officer, said.

Tuesday, September 24

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09242019 EDITION

Tuesday, 24th September, 2019.

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PETER YOUNG: New structure for handling disasters

YESTERDAY’S press reports about the creation, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, of a new ministry to deal with disasters will no doubt be widely welcomed.

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FACE TO FACE: The long history of hurricanes in The Bahamas

THE Bahamas has come face to face with many catastrophic hurricanes in the past, and has always proven its resilience. But there is no doubt that these powerful storms change the Bahamian landscape and impact the economy. There are lessons to be learned, and a good way to do that is to take look back in time.

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'More storms like Dorian' warns UN secretary general

UNITED Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres sounded the alarm on climate change at the UN’s Climate Action Summit yesterday, saying images of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction in Grand Bahama and Abaco will be seen more frequently if action is not

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Vehicle swept off Glass Window Bridge by waves

TWO men had a close call in Eleuthera last week after their vehicle got hit by monstrous waves at the Glass Window Bridge and was tossed onto rocks.One of them has faulted officials for not closing the bridge sooner, due to the sea conditions. Eleuth

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Restoration begins at Grand Bahama Children's Home

RESTORATION efforts of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home and Columbus House are currently being carried out, according to Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell. Speaking to reporters yesterday on the side-lines of a press conference about Older Pe

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'Govt to waive fees to replace documents'

A SPOKESPERSON for the United Haitian Community Front says government has agreed to waive fees associated with replacing documents of people who lost all belongings due to Hurricane Dorian. According to Louby Georges yesterday, the organisation has

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Social services to review budget following storm

THE Ministry of Social Services will have to review its budget as it balances previous commitments with an increase in demand for public assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, according to Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell. He also

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Independence Park hosts NEMA relief distribution

HUNDREDS gathered at the Independence Park for Operation Relief Saturday – a major event organised by the National Emergency Management Agency to distribute much needed supplies, water, and hot meals to residents in a family fun atmosphere.Families f

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Reservist cleared of sex charge - but guilty of abduction and assult of girl

RESERVE Sergeant Dwayne Decosta was unanimously acquitted yesterday of having sex with a 13-year-old girl at a police station last year, but was convicted of abducting and assaulting her.A nine-member jury—five men and four women—unanimously found th

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Bahamas leads region on 'convenience bribes'

The Bahamas leads the Latin American and Caribbean region for paying “bribes of convenience” to public officials so that “things are done more quickly or better”, it was revealed yesterday.Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer stud

Crowdfunding platform to 'fill big market hole'

A Bahamian financial services provider yesterday said it aims to fill “a big hole in the market” through this week’s launch of its ArawakX crowdfunding platform. D’Arcy Rahming Jr, MDollaz Technology’s chief executive, told Tribune Business that the

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Freeport 'desperately needs' govt's $10m

Several hundred Freeport businesses ravaged by Hurricane Dorian were yesterday said to “desperately need” the Government to extend its $10m financing facility to the city.Carey Leonard, the former Grand Bahama Port Authority in-house counsel, told Tr

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Realtors: Dorian tax breaks 'plus' as vultures hover

Bahamian realtors yesterday hailed the government’s post-Dorian Economic Recovery Zone incentives as a “big plus” but warned other measures were required to kickstart the rebuild.Mike Lightbourn, Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty’s president, told Tr

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Red tape fear on Recovery Zones

The government must eliminate bureaucracy and “red tape” if its post-Dorian Economic Recovery Zones are to work, an Abaco-based poultry farmer warned yesterday.“Economic concessions won’t help if the amount of red tape we’ve been dealing with is stil

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Tennyson Wells dies age 72

Former Cabinet Minister and BAMSI Chairman Tennyson Wells died this morning at the age of 72.

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Healthy coping mechanisms

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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Para-triathlete Erin Brown enjoys ‘rewarding’ training sessions on path to Paralympics

Erin Brown, the Bahamian para-triathlete who has her sights set on participating in the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo, recently wrapped up a “painful yet rewarding” training experience at a special centre in Colorado.

‘Paint Da Streets Pink’ for breast cancer awareness

Joggers, runners and walkers are set to “Paint Da Streets Pink” for the seventh consecutive year, as the Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Centennial hosts its annual fun run/walk this Saturday.

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Jones: ‘It feels good to be’ in WNBA Finals

The Connecticut Sun will return to the WNBA Finals for the first time in 14 years as Jonquel Jones and the current core brought the front office’s plan to fruition.

MLB Top 100: Jazz Chisholm ranked 55, Robinson 72

MAJOR League Baseball released its final Top 100 Prospects list following the conclusion of the minor league season and a pair of Bahamian players made the cut among the best in the minors.

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Keilesha strikes gold at US Open Judo Championships

THE administration, staff and over 800 students of the Eva Hilton Primary School have recognised the accomplishments of one of their school’s family members, Grade 5 student Keilesha Saunders, a judoist who knows her way around the competition mat.

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A “Cheeky” bra drive for hurricane evacuees

“Women in need, need bras too” is the motto the Cheeky Apparel Boutique is following for its current bra drive as part of Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

Sports Notes

AFTER getting rained out over the weekend, the New Providence Softball Association will begin its postseason tonight in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

EDITORIAL: Disaster exposes Haiti-Bahamas strains

THE complicated relationship between The Bahamas and the Haitian migrants who come to call the country home is increasingly being laid bare by tensions after Hurricane Dorian.

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Beyond duty: Policewoman extends helping hand to those in need

FERRICE Kemp was one of many volunteers who were quick to answer the call for people to help lift, unbox and package items to bring relief to those devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Abject apology

I recently read in a newspaper (not The Tribune) an account of conditions in the storm shelter at the old Bahamas Academy gym.

Praise for Miriam Emmanuel

The staff at the Education Loan Authority have been working along with the chairman, Miriam Emmanuel, from the time she came in January 2018. We, the staff, have seen the injustice that has been said; victimising and the malicious lies that were told in the papers which are totally untrue.

Failure of government to aid Abaco

In one way Hurricane Dorian has made me bitter towards so many people.

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Team New Zealand ready for Optimist North American Sailing Championships

IT took them two days to make their way here from ‘Down Under,’ but the New Zealand team is ready to begin competition this weekend in the 2019 Optimist North American Sailing Championships.

Klay on Trump: ‘I didn’t appreciate the language he used with Bahamians’

KLAY Thompson continues to use his platform to advocate for Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian and criticised the Trump administration in the process.

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UB Mingoes men’s team 10th at Embry-Riddle cross-country meet

THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes men’s cross country team placed 10th out of 20 institutions competing at the ASICS Embry-Riddle cross-country meet on Saturday. It was the first time UB has competed in cross-country.

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LIFE LINES: Worrying doesn’t change the outcome

“Stop worrying, it may never happen.” How many times have you heard those words? Probably often enough that you don’t really take them in any more but how true they are and, if you are the type of person who worries endlessly about all kinds of different things, you really need to take that phrase to heart.

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Does pornography lead to erectile dysfunction?

Every man will face some form of erectile dysfunction is his lifetime, whether it takes the form of poor quality erections, difficulty maintaining an erection, or premature ejaculation.

A faster way to heal: Platelet rich plasma therapy at Family Medical Centre

Family Medicine Centre is now offering platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, an innovative treatment which helps in the healing of injured muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It is a non-surgical treatment for chronic sports and musculoskeletal injuries.

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Bran: Give short-term provisional status

FORMER State Immigration Minister Branville McCartney thinks undocumented migrants who were displaced by Hurricane Dorian should be given provisional status as a measure for the government to get a handle on an illegal migration problem that could easily spiral out of control.

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Shanty town debris will be cleared

IRAM Lewis, the new minister of state for disaster preparedness, recovery and reconstruction, said the government will contract companies to remove debris from The Mudd and Pigeon Peas.

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Migrants warned: We will follow the law

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said undocumented immigrants affected by Hurricane Dorian face no protections and will be subject to the country’s laws of apprehension and deportation.

Customs delays Nassau port roll-out to October 1

The implementation of Customs’ electronic single window (ESW) for 80 percent of goods entering this country has been delayed by one month to October 1, it was announced yesterday.The Ministry of Finance said the roll-out of the fully electronic proce

NIB confirms GB restoration

The National Insurance Board (NIB) yesterday confirmed the restoration of services in Grand Bahama. It said its office in Eight Mile Rock is now fully functional, while the office located in Freeport is partially functional in order to issue benefit

Bank of the Bahamasgives to Dorian relief

Bank of The Bahamas has donated $25,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross in support of Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.Robert Cox, the bank’s corporate manager for business development, presented the cheque to Terez Curry, president of the Bahamas Red Cross

Bahamas 'paints' ties with key travel agents

The Bahamas recently teamed with American Airlines to host a “Sip and Paint” networking opportunity for some of the carrier’s top travel professionals in the Miami area.Tina Lee, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s district marketing manager, said

Freeport firms '100% disagree'with Recovery Zone exclusion

Freeport-based businesses yesterday “100 percent disagreed” with the government’s decision not to designate Grand Bahama’s commercial hub a Dorian “Economic Recovery Zone”.Others told Tribune Business that they felt the tax breaks and incentives pack

Monday, September 23

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09232019 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Monday, 23rd September, 2019.

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09232019 EDITION

Monday, 23rd September, 2019.

EDITORIAL: Learning our lesson – but this is just the start

IT HAS been said many times since Hurricane Dorian struck The Bahamas: We must learn from this. The signs are that the Bahamian government is doing just that.

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INSIGHT: How can you help stop the climate crisis? Eat less meat

IT’S the stuff of apocalyptic movies.

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INSIGHT: Sensitivity must be set aside as the government prepares for future superstorms

THREE weeks after the most traumatic experience The Bahamas has ever faced we are still picking up the pieces for what may be a years-long recovery and rebuilding process. The physical and psychological damage experienced by the victims, as well as other citizens that have listened to the many nightmarish accounts of surviving Dorian is palpable.

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INSIGHT: Haitians are human beings - time to end discrimination

HURRICANE Dorian brought the many serious issues regarding shanty towns in Abaco into sharp focus. If ever doubted, it is now crystal clear that the residents of these communities are among the most vulnerable who live in our midst. It is also beyond question that these unfortunates remain victims of a brand of xenophobia so deep-rooted and persistent that not even a tragedy of this magnitude can assuage it.

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Tributes paid to Lachino

A BLUE urn held the remains of little Lachino Anton Dean on Saturday as distraught relatives gazed on, trying to make sense of a life cut short.Amid the utter destruction of Hurricane Dorian in Abaco, the eight-year-old boy was one of the monster sto

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Newlyweds killed as house swept away by storm surge

AFTER tying the knot in June, LaTravalia Williams and Agno Daniel were planning to start a family, but they never knew that their house in Lady Lakes would flood and be swept off its foundations by a deadly storm surge during Hurricane Dorian on Sept

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Sentence cut to three weeks for fatal collision

A MAN has been released from prison after the Court of Appeal shortened his one year sentence to three weeks for hitting a motorcyclist with his car and killing him in Abaco earlier this year.The appellate tribunal of Justices Jon Isaacs, Stella Cran

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Police hunt pair of armed robbers

TWO armed men robbed Budget food store on Bernard Road on Saturday night. According to police, the incident occurred after 8pm when an armed man entered the food store, held employees up and robbed the place of cash. The suspect escaped in a light co

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QC: Sarkis fight on oppression 'flawed'

A Bahamian QC has slammed the “flawed” bid by Sarkis Izmirlian to defeat the “shareholder oppression” counter-claim brought against him by Baha Mar’s main contractor. Wayne Munroe QC, acting on China Construction America’s (CCA) behalf, argued that

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Tax-free status for storm zones 'totally fantastic'

The prime minister’s designation of east Grand Bahama and Abaco as “Economic Recovery Zones” for three years was yesterday hailed by the private sector as “absolutely fantastic”.Ken Hutton, the Abaco Chamber of Commerce’s president, told Tribune Busi

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Abaco worried free fuel supply end premature

Concerns are being voiced that the government is ending Abaco’s supply of free gasoline prematurely given that Hurricane Dorian wiped out the island’s payments system.Algernon Cargill, pictured, the joint Dorian relief and redevelopment co-ordinator

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Oil explorer in total certainty on $25m well

The Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) top executive has acknowledged it is now better placed than ever before to deliver a first exploratory well in this nation’s waters by mid-2020.Simon Potter told Tribune Business that shareholder approvals at BPC

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WORLD VIEW: Cross-Border Climate Change refugees looming large

“HURRICANE Hell” and “The Bahamas is at war being attacked by Hurricane Dorian. And yet The Bahamas has no weapon to defend itself”, are two memorable expressions that emerged from the wreckage of the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama in the chain of islands that make up the territory of The Bahamas.

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College Tennis: Abigail Simms in win column

IN her first collegiate season at Indiana Tech, Grand Bahamian freshman Abigail Simms came up with some big wins in singles and doubles on the college tennis circuit. This past week the Indiana Tech Warriors women’s tennis team started its season wi

Dolphins Athletics help Neely and family in Dorian aftermath

ANOTHER NCAA programme is assisting a Bahamian student athlete in their family’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Dorian. Jacksonville University Dolphins Athletics aimed to garner support for women’s basketball player Shalonda Neely. Fifty per

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Bahamian tennis players Afrika and Iesha make impression at the HBCU Nationals

BAHAMIAN female tennis players Afrika Smith, competing for the Bethune Cookman Wildcats, and Iesha Shepherd for Jackson State University Tigers, both made an impression at the HBCU National Championships tournament this past week. The HBCU National

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Teddy bears after the tragedy for displaced children

CLARA Smith, wife of Governor General C A Smith, along her daughter-in-law Charlene Smith, presented children who were displaced by Hurricane Dorian with teddy bears at their shelters last week.Mrs Smith was assisted by Kim Sawyer, deputy director, D

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Jonquel Jones and Sun advance to WNBA Finals

Jonquel Jones made local basketball history once again and became the first Bahamian player to advance to the WNBA Finals. Jones and the Connecticut Sun closed out the Los Angeles Sparks with a 78-56 win last night in Long Beach, California. With t

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'We were defenceless': New ministry as Minnis says we have to prepare

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced the creation of the new Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction yesterday, to be headed by Central Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis.

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Abaco and GB named Economic Recovery Zones

ABACO and East Grand Bahama have been declared special economic recovery zones, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday, as he outlined several tax exemptions, waivers and concessions for residents seeking to rebuild life in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Dorian.

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Johnson: Stop this anti-Haitian rhetoric

IMMIGRATION Minister Elsworth Johnson has hit out at the burgeoning wave of anti-Haitian rhetoric in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, asserting that much of the information being circulated is “downright wrong” and not condoned by the Minnis administration.

Drug cartels

For a while, I’ve looked at crime trends and studied them closely to understand and learn how to fully combat these problems. We always had a gang problem and illegal arms dealing being the two biggest issues in crime.

Keep church out of politics

Why can’t the Bahamas Christian Council keep the politicians out of church services?

Rebuilding in The Mudd

We can sympathise with the plight of Haitians evacuated from Abaco to temporary shelter in Nassau. It is painful for anyone, particularly single-parent families with no back- up resources, to be displaced from a long-time home, even if if it’s nothing more than a shanty without running water.

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Joshua Turnquest heads into senior year with high expectations

PICKING up from where he led off last year as the River State Conference (RSC) Male Athlete Of The Year, Joshua Turnquest heads into his senior year at Asbury University with high expectations. Turnquest, who held the ITA All American Honours title

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Pedrya Seymour will not compete at IAAF Worlds

WOMEN’S 100 metre hurdles national record holder Pedrya Seymour will not be making the trip to Doha, Qatar, for the 17th IAAF World Championships, scheduled for September 27 to October 6.But Grand Bahama men’s junior national 200m record holder Terra

Pirate-themed vessel targets $1.5m top-line

A $3m pirate-themed cruise attraction is targeting annual revenues of $1.5m after setting sail on a voyage inspired by its principal’s daughter. Entrepreneur Tony Knowles said he was inspired to invest in the project by his physically-challenged dau

GB Power: Over 90% of non-flooded are restored

Grand Bahama Power Company says it has restored power to more than 90 percent of customers with dry homes in non-flooded areas following Hurricane Dorian’s passage. Giving an update on restoration efforts, the island’s monopoly utility provider said

Freeport firms help water utility rebound

Grand Bahama Utility Company has teamed with other Freeport businesses to accelerate the return of critical fresh-water services to the island following Hurricane Dorian.It is partnering with Grand Bahama Shipyard, Bahama Rock, Bahama Industrial Tech

FOCOL 'relentless' in fuel supply restoration

BISX-listed FOCOL Holdings says it has been “relentless” in its efforts to restore fuel supplies and facilities on Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s devastation.Anthony Robinson, the company’s president and chief executive, said: “Our hear

Freeport harbour back in business quick after Dorian

Freeport’s harbour was back to functioning normally within two days of Hurricane Dorian’s passage, a shipping company executive has revealed.Elbert Hepburn, president and chief executive of Elnet Maritime in Freeport, said he has been shipping items

GB targeting 50% re-open in two weeks

A major Grand Bahama resort is aiming “to re-open at 50 percent capacity within two weeks” after sustaining only minimal damage from Hurricane Dorian.John MacDonald, who heads the property’s condo owners, said that despite not incurring sufficient da

VAT extension for Dorian-hit islands

The government has extended the deadline for filing September and October’s VAT returns to November 30, 2019, for businesses devastated by Hurricane Dorian. The Department of Inland Revenue confirmed the extension for all VAT registrants on Abaco, t

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09202019 WEEKEND

Friday, 20th September, 2019.

Hurricane death toll now at 53

Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said on Friday that police had recovered another body from the hurricane affected area of Abaco.

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Disaster Preparedness and Response Amendment Bill 'unconstitutional'

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe, QC, believes the government’s proposed Disaster Preparedness and Response Amendment Bill 2019 is “unconstitutional”, as he accused the government of causing harm to scores of Abaco residents.

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Speaker: China should consider developing southeast Bahamas

HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie yesterday recommended to a People’s Republic of China delegation that its country consider developing the southeast region of the Bahamas to shift the population concentration from the northwest Bahamas.

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Conditions at Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium 'unsatisfactory'

CONDITIONS at the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium, which houses more than 1,000 Hurricane Dorian evacuees, was found to be unsatisfactory upon inspection by a group of officials.

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Drug and ammunition convict's prison time capped at two years

THE Court of Appeal has capped a drug and ammunition convict’s time in prison to a maximum of two years after ruling that his sentences should be served concurrently.

Govt denies reports of non-Bahamians being mistreated after Dorian

GOVERNMENT has denied social media reports claiming that non-Bahamians are being mistreated in the wake of hurricane Dorian that affected Abaco and Grand Bahama.

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Bahamas 'facing impending threat' from climate change

THE Bahamas is facing an impending and existential threat due to climate change, according to the Cat Island Conservation Institute Friday.

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More than a dozen still missing in High Rock community

IN the High Rock community alone, more than a dozen persons are still missing and feared dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian - one of the most destructive and deadliest storms in the history of the Bahamas.

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Staniard Creek residents block Haitian nationals from going to work

A GROUP of Andros residents from Staniard Creek blocked a bridge leading to Kamalame Cay in an attempt to prevent some Haitian nationals from going to work on Thursday morning.

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09202019 EDITION

Friday, 20th September, 2019.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: A few choice cuts from the barbershop

I’VE long said that the barbershop is the last bastion of free speech.

EDITORIAL: Shanty town issue not an easy fix

THERE will be many who will not welcome the words of Fred Smith today. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t right.

Senior citizens home calls for help for hurricane victims

AN owner of a senior citizens home is requesting financial assistance to help house victims displaced by Hurricane Dorian.Reverend Dr Kendal Capron, head of The Good Samaritan Senior Citizen’s Home, said the facility is in dire need of funds to purch

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Former President Clinton speaks to PM

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis spoke with former United States President Bill Clinton by phone on Wednesday to discuss Hurricane Dorian relief efforts on the affected islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Mr Clinton expressed his sadness over the deva

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Volunteers offer to help storm victims with resumés

TWO volunteers have launched an initiative to help storm victims prepare updated resumes to assist them in their search for new jobs. Karla Lisgaris, brand manager at Caribbean Bottling Co, said in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, she noticed a lo

DIANE PHILLIPS: Meet the real people who left home to come and help The Bahamas

DAVID Radford-Wilson is 53, tall and muscular. With looks that would be equally at home in a jersey on the soccer field or a power suit in the board room, he’s an executive coach with clients including a director in a major London bank, a legal counsel in an American law firm and a high-ranking officer in the British government foreign office. By phone or face-to-face, he coaches them in crisis leadership and training.

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Aid packages for storm victims

THE government will create packages to assist those who have been affected by the devastation brought on by Hurricane Dorian to help people rebuild their lives and communities, said Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest.

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Nearly 2,000 housed in emergency shelters

TWELVE emergency shelters are housing 1,962 people, according to the National Emergency Management Agency yesterday.

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UPDATED: Death toll reaches 52

FRIDAY UPDATE: New information on autopsies was released on Friday, which indicated that two children (one girl and one boy) were among the dead in Abaco.

Accounting firm’s work ‘misused’ to hide fraud

A Bahamian accounting firm’s work was “misrepresented” to conceal an alleged fraud that has placed $125m of investor monies “at risk”, US federal regulators have alleged.

Strong Bahamas ties to $125m fraud play

Two purported Nassau residents are alleged to be principals in a $125m fraud that involves high-end Paradise Island real estate and a $3.5m Bahamian investment fund.

Bahamian broker in five-day suspension

The Securities Commission yesterday used its powers to temporarily suspend a controversial Bahamian broker/dealer’s registration for five days until next Tuesday. The move was confirmed by SureTrader, the online broker owned by Guy Gentile, via a no

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Dorian may push Lucayan sale to 'just before Xmas'

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday revealed that Hurricane Dorian might delay the resort’s sale until “just before Christmas”, but pledged: “We’ll get it done.” Michael Scott told Tribune Business that while the category five storm’s impact may

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'Dinosaur practices' slammed by small business advocate

A small business advocate yesterday branded the continued reliance on guaranteed bank loans to finance the sector as “dinosaur practices”, as he urged entrepreneurs: “Think globally.”Mark A Turnquest, principal of Mark A Turnquest Consulting, told Tr

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Survivors picking up the pieces

FOR many Hurricane Dorian victims who were lucky to survive the monster storm, the uncertain process of picking up the pieces of their lives now begins.

Time to repent and become a nation under God

As a child growing up I would always hear the older folks say that the Bahamas was a nation under God. As I got older and eventually became a believer I began to understand what that phrase meant. Well, at least what it meant to me, and to me this me

A weekend for 'divine women'

The Rhema International Family Development Centre Ministries is this week bringing Christian women together for it’s annual conference.Having kicked off yesterday, the Women of Destiny Conference, under the theme “It’s Me, Lord”, will continue throug

Holy Spirit shows it cares

The Anglican Church Women (ACW) of Holy Spirit Anglican Church heeded the call to action to help those in need in the community of Chippingham by taking their outreach ministry “On Da Blocks” to the streets.“On Da Blocks” was held last month in the p

Meditation: Fasting and prayer

In times like these we need an anchor; the anchor of prayer and fasting enables us to feel God’s presence, discern God’s will, and draw on God’s strength. It helps us to grieve with hope, and examine our consciences, repent and be transformed by the

Where was god when Dorian hit? Theologising human suffering

I begin with two insightful passages of scripture: Isaiah 22:5, which states, “For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mount

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Keith Butler remembered by his Eagles in the NPSA

KEITH Butler, arguably one of the greatest shortstops to play in the game of fast-pitch softball, was remembered by his Budweiser Eagles as one of the potent pieces to their dominance of the New Providence Softball Association. Butler, 63, died on O

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Freedom Farm free for displaced players

IF you’re a baseball player from Abaco or Grand Bahama and you’ve had to move to New Providence because of the passing of Hurricane Dorian, Freedom Farm is extending an arm to receive you in their fold.While registration for the 31st season got start

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Davis re-elected as GSSSA president

VAREL Davis has been re-elected to serve her third consecutive two-year term as president of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association. But as they look forward to another competitive after-school sporting programme, Davis said the members

Financial Bowling league

WEDNESDAY night’s opening of the 2019-2020 Financial Bowling League season at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment saw some impressive scores in the men’s category. The top scorer and most valuable player (MVP) was Kevin B Williams of the Strike

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MLB, Players' union donate $210,000 for Hurricane Dorian relief

TWENTY-one Bahamian players are signed to minor league deals with 15 clubs across Major League Baseball and it influenced the league to assist with Hurricane Dorian Relief efforts on a day celebrating one of the sport’s iconic humanitarians. The MLB

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THE PRESS BOX: 'Fish tacos to go' as the Cowboys face Dolphins

IT has been a crazy week at the ranch as the Cowboys prepare to play the rancid Dolphins on Sunday. Here are the latest rumblings from around the ranch with some Cowboys coming and others going. FISH TACOS TO GO The Cowboys finally released defe

Jeffery Gibson speaks up for athletes

Jeffery Gibson, the newly elected athletes’ representative for the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, said it’s disheartening what is transpiring with the team for the IAAF World Championships, but he has encouraged the athletes to continu

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Jonquel Jones and Sun take 2-0 lead in series

JONQUEL Jones and the Connecticut Sun are now one win away from a berth to the WNBA Finals. Jones posted a double double and playoff career high scoring outburst with 27 points and 13 rebounds in the Suns’ 94-68 win over the Los Angeles Sparks last

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Williams in dire need of support after Dorian

VOGAL Williams has coached countless Bahamian student-athletes in just about every sporting discipline during a physical education career that has spanned more than five decades. Now Williams is in dire need of support and he’s counting on those who

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IAAF Worlds: Minister sets record straight

WHILE there has been much dialogue in the media over who is and who is not going to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, set the record straight in a press release. Her statement is publi

Thank you

I can’t thank the people of Nassau enough. Delta Airlines sent a plane for us in Marsh Harbour.

Rising of the Phoenix

I have long believed that had the Hon Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, MP, QC (PLP-Cat Island) been leader of the Progressive Liberal Party a year or so before the last general elections that he would have become Prime Minister and the PLP would have held onto the government.

Former PMs disappoint

I was watching the American news on September 11, 2019 and saw a face I’d not seen in a long time. It was Donald Rumsfeld. He was last Secretary of Defence under President George W Bush.

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Union chief claims ‘scare tactics’ used in stand-off with teachers

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson criticised the Ministry of Education for “victimising and using scare tactics” against the teachers at Carlton E Francis Primary School.

'How can you take delegation of ten but not the athletes?'

PICEWELL Forbes, Progressive Liberal Party MP for South Andros, questioned why the government is reportedly sending a ten-person delegation to Doha, Qatar for the IAAF Track and Field Championships at a time when the ministry has clamped down on spen

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Reservist no longer faces charge of unlawful sex

RESERVE Sergeant Dwayne Decosta is no longer charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl last year, his attorney revealed yesterday.Murrio Ducille said instead of being charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, Decosta is now charged with abducti

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Haiti ‘in no position to help’ displaced residents

MANY displaced residents of The Mudd and Pigeon Peas shanty towns are wedged between a rock and a hard place because Haiti is in no position to accept them and their homes in Abaco have been completely wiped out.

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Shanty legal fight: Smith warns govt cannot use Dorian to take away people’s property rights

ATTORNEY Fred Smith says the property rights of residents from The Mudd and Pigeon Peas survived Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of buildings in their communities.

Chamber elects new chairman and Board

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) has elected Khrystle L. Rutherford- Ferguson as its first female chairman. The non-profit organisation, which serves as the voice of the business community, announced the appointmen

PM's 'red tape' worry on Dorian rebuilding

The prime minister has emphasised to the private sector that “red tape” needs to be removed so that the rebuilding process on Abaco and Grand Bahama proceeds as quickly as possible. Dr Hubert Minnis was speaking at a meeting with the Bahamas Chamber

DPM pledges relief packages for Dorian

The government will create relief packages to assist persons whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Dorian, the deputy prime minister has revealed. KP Turnquest said this will enable persons to rebuild their lives and communities, as he addre

Corner Bank hands $100k to Red Cross

A Bahamas-based financial institution has donated $100,000 to The Bahamas Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Cornèr Bank (Overseas), which earlier this year became the first to launch a round-the-clock trading platform for Bah

Phoenix rising

You’re never going to believe this, but one of my favourite characters of all time was the Jean Grey (also sometimes known as Phoenix) from the Marvel cartoon series X-Men. An avid watcher of the show, I would learn mutant names, mutant powers, mutat

Minister targets 'normalcy' for farmers and fishermen

Major international agencies are helping The Bahamas with efforts to transform the agriculture and fisheries sectors to a post-Dorian “state of normalcy”, a Cabinet minister said yesterday. Michael Pintard, minister of agriculture and fisheries, tol

CIBC unveils Dorian donation and relief

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank made a $100,000 donation to the Bahamas Red Cross, and unveiled financial concessions, as its contribution to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.Colette Delaney, CIBC FirstCaribbean chief executive and chair of the

Thursday, September 19

NPSA ACTION

THE New Providence Softball Association has rescheduled the start of its 2019 postseason. Instead of starting the best-of-five playoffs on Thursday night in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, they will now begin on Saturday nig

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UPDATED: Man shot dead as he sits in his car

A MAN died in hospital after he was shot while sitting in his car on Wednesday night, police said.  The incident is the sixth killing police reported this week. It pushed the murder count to 76 for the year, according to this newspaper’s records.

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09192019 EDITION

Thursday, 19th September, 2019.

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Bahamian spirit shines through despite horror

“YES, something positive came out of Hurricane Dorian.”

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STATESIDE: Why Joe Biden dominates the primary race

A year can be an awfully long time in politics, as American voters are about to find out.

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Man wants to apologise to family of victim he shot dead in the street

A 25-year-old man wants to apologise to the family of a man he shot to death three years ago.Christopher McQueen maintains he shot the man because the deceased threatened him and accused him of seeing his girlfriend.McQueen told Justice Cheryl Grant-

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Motorcyclist killed in accident

A motorcyclist is dead on Grand Bahama following a traffic accident in the Lucaya area this week. Grand Bahama police said an accident occurred shortly 4pm on Tuesday at Midshipman and Balao Roads, involving a 2006 omnibus and a 2012 Ducati motorcyc

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NEMA updates on Grand Bahama

The Minister of Education Jeffery Lloyd was expected in Grand Bahama on Thursday, September 19, 2019 to tour public schools badly damaged by Hurricane Dorian.

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Forbes-Smith: All donations checked before distribution

AS relief supplies continue to pour in from organisations and individuals overseas, Senator Kay Forbes-Smith stressed that the National Emergency Management Agency is inspecting all donated hurricane relief supplies and aid before distribution in Gra

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NIB simplifies process for replacement smart cards

THE National Insurance Board has taken steps to simplify the application process for replacement smart cards for residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama, who lost their cards during Hurricane Dorian. The official police report required for all lost or s

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42 autopsies completed - death toll now at 52

OFFICIALS have now completed autopsies on 42 Hurricane Dorian victims, allowing some families to begin the process toward closure, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.While there are efforts to complete this aspect of handling Dorian victim

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Parents frustrated over student registration

PARENTS and guardians of the thousands of children left displaced after Hurricane Dorian unleashed its fury on Abaco and Grand Bahama more than two weeks ago say they are frustrated with the process set up to enroll the students in new schools. The M

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Jerry to skirt Bahamas

TROPICAL Storm Jerry is not expected to be a major threat to The Bahamas but is expected to skirt the southeastern islands on Sunday before heading away from the country, a local meteorologist said yesterday.Basil Dean, deputy director of the Departm

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FACE TO FACE: Bahamians will continue to make valuable contributions to the US – if given the chance

THERE was a time when tens of thousands of Bahamians migrated to the United States of America. It was 1943, and World War II was still raging. Many Americans were drafted to serve in the armed forces. Others left the farms to work in more profitable war industries.

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Small business faces $180m 'finance gap'

The Bahamas faces a $180m “finance gap” in providing capital to small businesses, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has revealed, as its project covers just 17 percent of demand. The multilateral lender, in documents detailing its $25m initi

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Dorian 'totally destroys' 80% of fishing industry

Fishermen yesterday said Hurricane Dorian had “totally destroyed” 80 percent of the industry in Abaco and Grand Bahama amid uncertainty over how the government will aid recovery.“Eighty percent of the fisheries sector in Grand Bahama and Abaco is tot

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Abaco can be 'model rebuild for Caribbean'

Abaco can become “uniquely distinct” as the Caribbean “model” for how storm-ravaged communities are rebuilt, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive argued yesterday. Jeffrey Beckles told Tribune Business that Hurricane Dorian’s devastation had “p

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ZNS blasts $542k summary judgment bid as 'premature'

Attorneys for ZNS have slammed the “premature” effort to enforce a $542,000 summary judgment bid against the state-owned broadcaster over a satellite contract dispute.Dennis Tracey, an attorney with Hogan Lovells, the law firm that traditionally repr

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BPL solution ‘must be around corner’

Bahamians “shouldn’t fool ourselves” that Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) woes have gone away amid the post-Dorian chaos, the Chamber of Commerce’s top executive warned yesterday.

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‘I just want to bury my mother’

AFTER claiming she lost six relatives and a godfather during Hurricane Dorian’s rampage, Cithia Cilien just wants to return to Abaco to bury her mother, whose body she believes is still trapped under debris in the Pigeon Peas shanty town almost three weeks after the storm ravaged the island.

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Neighbour 'heard murder victims plead for their lives'

THE neighbour of a man and woman found murdered in an apartment early Tuesday morning remembers hearing the two victims plead for their lives.

Are we truly transparent?

I suggest we admire the comment of the Prime Minister that his administration stands for accountability – transparency and is totally against corruption.

Osadebay was light in legal world

I remember Emmanuel Osadebay well now. He was a stern disciplinarian; he was the kind when he stamped you said “how high”. He was a real disciplinarian.

Our tangled relations with the US

In the almost 70 years since Sir Stafford Sands revitalised the Development Board (now the Ministry of Tourism), this country has spent well over $2bn dollars educating the world about our touristic charms.

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'Buddy' and Kings to face pacers in 1st ever NBA game in Mumbai

CHAVANO “Buddy” Hield and the Sacramento Kings will begin their preseason making NBA history, participating in the league’s first game ever in India. The Kings will face the Indiana Pacers in a pair of games October 4-5 at the NCSI, SVP Stadium in M

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Jones: 'We move the ball really well'

Already the most successful postseason run of her WNBA career after a single series, Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun took game one of their semi-finals matchup.The Sun have been on the losing end of single game elimination scenarios at the hand

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Seawolves to help Cornish and his family

JARON Cornish left an indelible mark on Stony Brook men’s basketball during his tenure and the programme looks to give back to the Abaco native. The Seawolves established several initiatives to target the recovery efforts for Cornish and his family

Basketball Smiles and Kelly's team up to buy school supplies

WITH two decades of service in the Bahamas with his series of basketball camps, Sam Nichols looks to use his platform to help students displaced by Hurricane Dorian. Nichols and his Basketball Smiles programme has partnered with Kelly’s Home Centre

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Power generation issue causes mobile outage

SOME Bahamas Telecommunications Company mobile customers complained of an inability to place calls or use data services yesterday. Other customers also experienced issues making calls from landline phones. In a brief statement yesterday morning, BT

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Attorney: Accused reservist 'doesn't know what to answer'

THE Crown has closed its case against reserve Sergeant Dwayne Decosta over allegations he had sex with a teenage girl at a police station last year.Decosta, 56, now has four options: remain silent, take the witness stand and give evidence, formally o

Teachers protest in standoff over school principal

IRATE teachers protested outside Carlton E Francis Primary School again yesterday morning amid a continued standoff with the school’s principal. Teachers are calling for the removal of the school official and have engaged in sit outs and protests si

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Blame towards PM after Dorian 'not helpful'

AS he urged Bahamians to unite in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd said animosity and blame towards Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for relief-related issues is not helpful as anguish and suffering remain great.

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United in prayer: PM says hurricane is near unbearable wound to country

NEARLY three weeks after Hurricane Dorian struck the northwestern Bahamas, hundreds gathered at Bahamas Faith Ministries last night to make sense of an unimaginable tragedy in typical Bahamian fashion: through prayer, praise and worship.

Banks move to 'jumpstart' clients' Dorian recoveries

All Bahamian commercial banks were yesterday said to have implemented Dorian relief programmes to help storm-ravaged clients “jumpstart their recovery and get back on their feet”. LaSonya Missick, chair of the Clearing Banks Association (CBA), said:

NIB replaces 438 lost smart cards

The National Insurance Board (NIB) says it is proactively working to assist Abaco and Grand Bahama residents seeking to replace National Insurance smart cards lost in Hurricane Dorian. It said its registration department has taken steps to simplify

Airline bids to 'get going' after Dorian

A Bahamian-owned airline plans to resume flights to Marsh Harbour tomorrow as it bids to rebound from Dorian’s destruction of its Grand Bahama International Airport terminal. Sherrexcia Rolle, Western Air’s vice-president for operations, told Tribun

Wednesday, September 18

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Tropical Storm Jerry update

Tropical Storm Jerry is about 715 miles (1,150 kilometres) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west-northwest at 15 mph (nearly 25 kph).

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Easy Car Sales appointed BYD electric vehicle distributor for The Bahamas

A revolution in transportation is taking place around the world – and now The Bahamas can join in by switching to more cost-effective, efficient and sustainable 100% electric vehicles (EVs) thanks to a partnership between an established local car dealership and a global distributor.

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A HOME BASE FOR ESPORTS: Heavyweights raise $17M for new gaming network

NEW YORK (AP) — A new venture backed by many of video gaming’s biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports.

Tech Talk

• A new project to explore the wreck of the ship dubbed as New England’s Titanic is underway.

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ALICIA WALLACE: It’s time to help, not to fight

THE past two weeks have gone by quickly, but the beginning of relief efforts feels like it is in the distant past.

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09182019 EDITION

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019.

'God help me' pleads mother after son's death

THE mother of a teenager fatally shot while standing outside an Armbrister Street home Monday night is devastated by his murder. According to police, shortly after 8pm on Monday several men were standing outside a home on Armbrister Street, Fox Hi

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Grand Bahama Power Company reconnects 9,000 accounts

OF its 19,000 customers, Grand Bahama Power Company has reconnected some 9,000 accounts, representing 47 percent of its customer base, since Hurricane Dorian pummeled the island. Dave McGregor, CEO, said the company is making progress in getting pow

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Queen's Highway businesses destroyed by storm surge

MANY businesses in the commercial and light industrial sector of Freeport are closed for business, having suffered major flood damage and significant inventory loss due to Hurricane Dorian.Storm surge swept throughout the entire business district off

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Equinor doing 'all they can' in oil spill recovery effort

RECOVERY efforts to contain the oil spill at Equinor’s facility in Grand Bahama are now “in full swing,” Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira said yesterday.“The relief boat has arrived in Grand Bahama. The clean-up crew has arrived. They have dispa

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Florida officials speak up amid Dorian relief efforts

HURRICANE Dorian’s devastation and aftermath has drawn the attention of some of the top US government officials in Florida. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Thursday that his state’s businesses and citizens are prepared to help Bahamians affect

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AG 'monitoring' non-profit Headknowles amid split

IF there are public concerns about the operations of non-profit organisation HeadKnowles, the matter will be sent to senior legal officials of the government for advice.This was the position of Attorney General Carl Bethel yesterday who said he was i

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1.5 billion pounds of debris shows need for strong building code

WHILE 1.5 billion pounds of debris remains strewn across Marsh Harbour following deadly Hurricane Dorian, it is a harsh reminder that the country’s building code needs revision to withstand monster storms.Housing and Environment Minister Romauld Ferr

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NIB working to help verify identification

WITH thousands of hurricane victims having to relocate to Nassau following Hurricane Dorian, the National Insurance Board is working with the Registrar General’s Office to verify lost forms of identification. This partnership, according to National

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No plans yet for taxes to pay for rebuilding

THE DEPUTY prime minister yesterday said there are no plans for new or increased taxes to finance Dorian rebuilding "at this point", adding: "That is not part of the discussion."

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One-cent coin use to cease by end-2020

The Central Bank yesterday said its plan to end the Bahamian one-cent coin’s use as legal tender by end-2020 will save itself and the banking system $7m over a ten-year period.The regulator, unveiling its rationale for ending the coin’s 54-year histo

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BTC lowers roaming agreement period on restoration 'pick-up'

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it is no longer pursuing 30 days free roaming for Abaco and Grand Bahama subscribers because restoration has “picked up in earnest”. Garfield “Garry” Sinclair, BTC’s chief executive, told T

Ex-BCA chief warns over Dorian rebuild 'recipe for disaster'

A former Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) president yesterday warned against “draconian measures” post-Dorian that could increase building costs by between ten to 20 percent. Stephen Wrinkle told Tribune Business that the government should ins

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Govt in $200m Dorian shortfall

The government likely faces a $200m revenue shortfall as a result of Hurricane Dorian’s devastation, the deputy prime minister revealed yesterday.KP Turnquest said the category five storm had inflicted a “not insignificant loss to the economy” given

Thank you for Chippie honour

I just want to say that I truly enjoy your Tribune Weekend section and applaud the writers, editors and photographers for the incredible work they do on a consistent basis. The magazine has become a weekly must-read for so many people, myself included.

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Jones and Sun top Sparks 84-75 in Game 1 of WNBA semi-finals

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a balanced Connecticut offence and the Sun opened the WNBA semi-finals with an 84-75 win over the Los Angeles Sparks last night.

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Bahamas to host Optimist Sailing Championships

Having represented the Bahamas in three previous international events, Joshua Weech is excited to lead the team in the competition at the Optimist North American Championships at the Nassau Yacht Club next weekend.

Bodybuilders ready for the CAC Championships

WITH 14 active pro bodybuilders on their list, Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation president Joel Stubbs said he anticipates that the numbers could increase at the Central American and Caribbean Championships October 11-14.

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UB Mingoes men’s soccer team lose 2 games

THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes men’s soccer side dropped two matches over the weekend in Daytona Beach in the team’s international schedule.

City Bowling kicks off season

THE City Bowling League kicked off its 2019-2020 season Monday night at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Centre with some outstanding scores being posted.

Idle talk in wake of Dorian

When creativity goes beyond being creative to being stupid - Talk Shows, especially those that have a call-in part daily, add entertainment to sometimes the simple boredom of the Show.

How many are we mourning?

CABINET Office has announced a National Mourning Service for those who died in Dorian for Wednesday evening at BFM - Carmichael.

Rest in peace Donut AKA Fats

Another violent act in the capital Nassau, Bahamas, has once again left another family in mourning. It has left another young man dead at the hands of vicious animals.

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Taxi driver spared jail over lapsed gun licence

A 41-year-old taxi driver was spared a prison sentence yesterday for not licensing his shotgun. Instead, Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes fined Tomiko Johnson $2,000 for admitting to being in possession of an unlicensed shotgun on Sunday. Acco

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Optimist Championships set for Nassau Yacht Club

AT one point following the destruction of Hurricane Dorian on Abaco and Grand Bahama, the Bahamas Sailing Association and the Bahamas National Sailing School had contemplated cancelling the 2019 Optimist North American Championships.

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25 autopsies carried out so far after Dorian

OF the 51 official casualties of deadly Hurricane Dorian, autopsies have been carried out on about 25 Abaco victims thus far, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed yesterday.

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Chaos for the refugees

RESPONDING to the chaos Hurricane Dorian left behind continued to strain government offices yesterday, producing long lines and rowdy crowds of people desperate for help.

Tuesday, September 17

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Couple found beaten to death in apartment

POLICE are investigating a double homicide after a man and woman were found in an apartment unresponsive with visible injuries early yesterday morning.

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09172019 EDITION

Tuesday, 17th September, 2019.

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Steel worker loses court challenge over lost job

A FORMER steel worker has lost his bid to prove that a Supreme Court judge was wrong to find that he was not unfairly dismissed by his employer, but instead abandoned his job because he didn’t like his supervisor.The Court of Appeal ruled that Justic

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The future of healthcare: Upcoming summit focuses on regenerative health

Doing her part to promote a new, 21st century approach to healthcare, Dr Desirée Cox is hosting the second annual HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit at the Grand Hyatt next month. This year, the focus is on promoting regenerative health.

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Making the most of child-free hours

Being a mother is a full-time job, one with barely any breaks in between. On a daily basis, many mothers manage the life of their kids and families only to be completely burnt out at the end of the day because they neglected their own personal needs.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: All hands on deck to recover from Dorian

OLD habits as a diplomat die hard, so even in retirement I shy away from commenting in this column on domestic politics. However, in the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Dorian perhaps, for once, such self-restraint can be put aside temporarily in offering a view following the publicity last week about the involvement of two former Prime Ministers in dealing with the crisis.

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BPL Bahamas First Alert Weather Update

Tracking the Tropics

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BPL sets sights on two-week deadline on power shortfall

IN roughly two weeks, Bahamas Power and Light expects to have fixed existing issues that have led to a 44-megawatt generation shortfall resulting in heavy load shedding.BPL said a replacement starting engine for unit one at Blue Hills Power Station t

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Restoration under way - but several clinics already open

RESTORATION efforts of healthcare services in both Abaco and Grand Bahama are currently being carried out. Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said several health care facilities in Abaco and Grand Bahama are operational despite the damage brought by

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PLP objects to appointees for hurricane relief efforts

PLP leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday slammed the government for the appointed coordinators for the hurricane relief effort, saying the “appointments should be reversed and the whole plan reconsidered”.In a press release issued yesterday, Mr Davi

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Headknowles founder steps back from foundation

ONE of the founders of the HeadKnowles foundation has announced her separation from the organisation. In an open letter, Lia Head revealed she was stepping back from the foundation “with a heavy heart”. She wrote: “I would like to personally thank

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NEMA seeks manpower to enforce shanty town ban

ADDITIONAL manpower will be requested to monitor Abaco shanty towns to ensure there are no further attempts to build or erect structures for residential or commercial use.The statement came from Captain Stephen Russell yesterday, a day after governme

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NEMA delivers relief to Grand Bahama

NEMA took hurricane relief supplies directly to the residents of Grand Bahama for an initiative “Operation Relief Saturday”. Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson, president of the Senate a

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Activists: We must learn from oil spill

THE impact of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama, which caused an oil spill from the South Riding Point storage facility, should teach the government a lesson and lead to a definitive rejection of the Oban refinery proposal, according to one environmen

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Minister: ‘We’ll not be at BPL’s mercy again’

A Cabinet minister has pledged that New Providence will “never go through a summer like this again” where the island was held captive daily by Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) blackouts.

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Yamaha dealer: 70% of Dorian losses from theft

Abaco’s Yamaha dealership yesterday said up to 70 percent of its Hurricane Dorian losses were incurred from the looting of 103 engines worth a collective $1m.Stephen Albury, the Marsh Harbour-based company’s principal, told Tribune Business: “We are

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Attorneys praise exchange control 'red carpet roll out'

Attorneys yesterday praised the Central Bank’s proposal to relax exchange controls on non-residential real estate deals as “a rolling out of the red carpet that everyone will welcome”.Adrian White, former head of The Bahamas Bar Association’s real es

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Attorney has ‘nil’ chance to defeat bankruptcy ruling

A Bahamian attorney’s bid to overturn his bankruptcy adjudication has been rejected by the Court of Appeal because its prospects of succeeding “are nil”.

Abaco farm suffers $1m Dorian damage

An Abaco poultry farm yesterday revealed that Hurricane Dorian had inflicted “at least $1m in damages” and “pretty much destroyed” the 100-acre business.Lance Pinder, operations manager at Abaco Big Bird Poultry Farm, told Tribune Business that the r

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Contractors registrar attacks own minister

The contractors registrar yesterday launched an astonishing attack on his minister by accusing him of “procrastination” and “inaction” over implementing the sector’s self-regulation.Omar Archer told Tribune Business that contractors were asking why D

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UPDATED: Police probe spate of New Providence killings

POLICE are investigating four new homicides after two men were found with gunshot injuries in a space of 12 hours and a man who was shot on Saturday died in hospital - before a double shooting last night claimed the life of another victim.

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Don’t let urinary leaks control your life!

Many women can unfortunately laugh, sneeze, cough and pee all at the same time. It is called stress urinary incontinence and it is a heartbreaking disorder that has tens of thousands of our Bahamian women afraid to laugh or reluctant to exercise, or even mindful when bending to lift a child because they are going to leak urine.

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LIFE LINES: Where is your blind spot?

We all have them, blind spots. Things we can’t or don’t want to see. In some instances when we “turn a blind eye”, we are doing this consciously, out of love, out of fear, out of laziness or unwillingness to deal with situations, behaviour or character flaws.

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Man found with loaded gun in Abaco is jailed

A 27-year-old Abaco man was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday for being caught with a loaded gun that he found in the debris left by Hurricane Dorian. Ted Cornish Jr, of Dundas Town, was sentenced by Magistrate Samuel McKinney after admitti

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Woman arrested after $70,000 cocaine found

A WOMAN was arrested shortly after she arrived in the country on a flight from Panama and nearly $70,000 worth of cocaine was discovered. Police said the woman, a resident of Suriname, arrived in the Bahamas on Copa Airlines shortly after 11am on Su

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Expert could not tell if bullet was fired by suspect

A Royal Bahamas Police Force firearms examiner could not say whether a fired bullet submitted for him to analyse was fired by the high-powered weapon a 22-year-old man allegedly used to shoot at two police officers as he tried to evade being captured

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Pastor Joel Osteen offers prayers

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis spoke with Texas-based pastor, televangelist and author Joel Osteen yesterday from the Office of the Prime Minister. Dr Minnis provided Pastor Osteen with an overview of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian on A

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YOU GO GIRL: Ambrosine Mitchell seeks to foster creative thinkers

Ambrosine Mitchell has made it her mission to help Bahamians shine in the workplace

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$1m donation from India

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis accepted a $1m contribution from the government of India that will go towards Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. India High Commissioner M Sevala Naik presented the donation to Dr Minnis and NEMA Director Captain Stephen

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Ladies, get your hustle on: A night of pampering at Fusion Superplex

To help provide Bahamian women with a brief escape from the heartbreak caused by Dorian Hurricane, or just from their daily stress, Fusion Superplex is hosting its second themed ladies' night event this week.

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Romad Dean to join Lions this fall

ROMAD Dean will continue his prep basketball career in Toronto, Canada.The former Tabernacle Baptist Falcon will join the Crestwood Prep Academy Lions this fall.Crestwood has competed in Canada’s National Preparatory Association since the 2017-18 sea

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Miller-Uibo and Gardiner in national fund-raising effort

A national fund-raising effort, in conjunction with the viewing of the performances of quarter-milers Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Steven Gardiner at the IAAF World Championships, is expected to take place at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium to assi

All-Star Classic to help raise funds for Dorian relief

WITH the teams preparing for the New Providence Softball Association’s postseason, the Bahamas Softball Federation is still unsure if the eventual fastpitch champions will get a chance to play in a national round-robin tournament this year.With two o

Inadequacy of the GDP measure

Throughout the world the Gross Domestic product of a country is used as the most important indicator of a country’s economic progress. One shortcoming of GDP is that it uses activities that are detrimental to the longterm economy like over fishing, deforestation, strip mining, and murders. GDP inventor Simon Kuznets was adamant that his measure had nothing to do with well being.

Rebuilding after storm

Today, our country stands as a symbol of the extraordinary resilience of its islands, the extraordinary resilience of its people, the extraordinary resilience of the entire commonwealth of The Bahamas.

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WBA eliminator: Johnson to square off with Madiev

TUREANO Johnson is set to get back in the ring in short order and compete in the WBA eliminator for the middleweight title. According to Golden Boy Promotions officials, Johnson (21-2-1, 14 KOs) is scheduled to face Magomed Madiev (13-0-1, 4 KOs) wi

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Elle O’Brien 12th at the Marshall & Sterling League National Finals

RISING equestrian star Elle O’Brien shone brightly at the Marshall & Sterling League 2019 National Finals, held this week in Saugerties, New York.

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Death toll rises by one - but many still missing

SEARCH and recovery teams have not yet got to the bottom of mounds of rubble in certain areas of Abaco, including The Mudd, making it more probable for the Hurricane Dorian death toll to substantially increase.

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Nurses trained to help save limbs

With 13.6 percent of the population of the Bahamas suffering from diabetes, the country is at an epidemic status. Each year, more than more one million diabetics around the world lose at least a leg. Research has shown that 85 percent of all amputations are preceded by an ulcer and can be prevented.

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How chiropractic keeps you healthy

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the premise that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body.

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Tent cities for GB and Abaco

THE government may create a memorial site where The Mudd and Pigeon Peas once stood as the country’s largest shanty town communities - and is also considering tent cities to get people back to Grand Bahama and Abaco, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

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How to notice stress

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.

Baha Mar hosts tennis cup to aid Dorian relief

Baha Mar has teamed with leading Bahamian tennis player, Mark Knowles, and other former tour professionals to host the Baha Mar Cup fundraiser for Hurricane Dorian victims. The event, which will take place from Thursday, November 7, to Sunday, Novem

AML donates $275k to aid staff, Dorian relief

AML Foods yesterday said it has donated more than $275,000 to support both Hurricane Dorian relief efforts and its 275 impacted employees in Grand Bahama.The BISX-listed food retail and franchise group said some $200,000 had been allocated to support

Fears Dorian will sparkexpansion of Govt size

A think-tank executive yesterday voiced concern that Hurricane Dorian will cause a further expansion in government’s size after The Bahamas fell seven spots in an economic freedom index.Rick Lowe, of the Nassau Institute, also expressed concern about

GB Chamber targets 'plan of attack' on Dorian revival

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday said he was looking to develop “a plan of attack” for the restoration of commerce as businesses slowly re-open after Dorian.Gregory LaRoda told Tribune Business that the restoration of key ut

Monday, September 16

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09162019 EDITION

Monday, 16th September, 2019.

EDITORIAL: We must not fail those in need

"In times of crisis, some things happen that are inappropriate."

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INSIGHT: In our darkest hour, caring hearts are most needed

JUST over two weeks ago, the islands and cays of Abaco and Grand Bahama were devastated by the ruthless winds and rain of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian. Left in its trail of destruction, the stench of death and loss still permeates the air of two jewels in the crown of The Bahamas – completely altering the picturesque landscape of the treasured Bahama islands.

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HURRICANE DORIAN: Death toll now stands at 51

Monday, 16th September, 2019.

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INSIGHT: Lessons from the Equinor oil spill

EQUINOR, formerly Statoil, operates the old Burmah Oil storage facility at South Riding Point in East Grand Bahama.

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More than 300 Haitians feared missing after Dorian

A NEWLY formed Haitian advocacy group said it has forwarded the names of more than 300 people listed as missing from shanty towns in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The group, United Haitian Community Front, is chaired by League of Haitian Pastor

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Govt expects revenue drop - but other nations helping

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he “anticipates revenue to decrease” as a result of Hurricane Dorian, but noted The Bahamas is receiving “a lot of assistance from the international community”.Dr Minnis made the comment at a press conference at t

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Building to resist category five 'too expensive'

MOST Bahamians would be priced out of the real estate market if the building code were changed so residential homes and businesses could withstand a Category Five hurricane, former Bahamas Contractor’s Association President Leonard Sands said yesterd

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'Ingraham is welcome - but we don't need egos'

SOME residents of hurricane ravaged Abaco yesterday welcomed assistance from former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, but stressed egos need to be put aside in the best interests of storm victims. Victor Patterson, chairman of the Free National Moveme

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PM speaks to Prince Charles

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis spoke by phone with Prince Charles on Friday from his office at Cabinet, Churchill Building. Prince Charles expressed how deeply the people of the United Kingdom are feeling for Bahamians during this time of tragedy i

Sick child rescued from Mudd

A SICK infant was rescued from a damaged home in The Mudd in Abaco by rescue workers and is now receiving medical care in Nassau. Gwen Denton DeLeon, an American doctor volunteering in Abaco, posted on Facebook about the emotional moment a search te

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ZNS facing $542,000 summary judgment bid

ZNS is facing a $542,000 summary judgment bid over claims that it breached a satellite leasing contract with two years of the deal remaining. Attorneys for Centrex Centrex Communications Corporation, in September 12 letter to the southern New York f

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$3-5bn Dorian 'cataclysmic' if Nassau struck

The Bahamas would have taken a “cataclysmic” hit if Hurricane Dorian struck Nassau, Moody’s Analytics believes, while still predicting the storm has cost this nation between $3bn to $5bn. Adam Kamins, senior regional economist at Moody’s Analytics,

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Unions challenge Dorian advances to civil servants

Trade union leaders are challenging the government’s decision to offer Dorian-ravaged civil servants a two-month salary advance rather than the $800 lump sum payment agreed pre-storm. Bernard Evans, the National Congress of Trade Unions of The Baham

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Abaco Chamber eyes 'amazing opportunity' via Project Resurrect

The Abaco Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday hailed “an amazing opportunity to rebuild the entire island” following the “overwhelming” response to its Project Resurrect initiative. Speaking after the project’s Friday’s unveiling, Ken Hutton s

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Tourism: We need Dorian 'headwinds' to die down

The Bahamas must wait for the “negative headwinds” created by Hurricane Dorian to die down before it can start “remarketing” itself as a tourism destination, a Cabinet minister says.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism and aviation, said

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Six-month building ban in The Mudd and Pigeon Peas

THE Ministry of Housing and Environment has issued an order prohibiting the construction of residential or commercial buildings in the Mudd, Pigeon Pea, Sand Bank and Farm Road communities of Abaco.

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Cybots are the champions again

THE Olivia's Guest House Cybots are the Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association champions again.The Cybots, coached by Wayde Watson, captured their third consecutive title Saturday night at the AF Adderley Gymnasium as they won the bes

IAAF Worlds: Ministry to fund $25,000

AS the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations prepares its 10-member team to travel to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture revealed that it was only funding $25,000 of the BAAAs budget of $116,

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Gardiner wins 400, clocks season's best

After watching the destruction left behind by Hurricane Dorian on his homeland of Abaco, birthday boy Steven Gardiner was eager to get back on the track to refocus for the IAAF World Championships at the end of the month in Doha, Qatar.In his first r

60 boxes of aid packed at national gallery

HURRICANE relief efforts are continuing among volunteers at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas - with 60 boxes of aid packed yesterday. With people largely evacuated from the affected islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama now, the relief operation h

Thompson Family Foundation joins Dorian relief efforts

THE Thompson Family Foundation joined the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts and plan to use their signature fundraiser to bring awareness and support. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson announced that all proceeds from the second annual Thompso

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Carnival feeds thousands in GB

THE National Emergency Management Agency, along with Carnival Cruise Line, took thousands of prepared lunches to the residents of Grand Bahama on Thursday afternoon during the lunchtime rush.The prepared meals were distributed on the grounds of the o

NCAA Football: Ferguson, Lowe in win column

CHRIS Ferguson and Elijah Lowe reclaimed spots in the win column with their teams this week in NCAA Division I Football.Ferguson shifted to left tackle on the offensive line and the Bearcats won 35-13 over the Miami of Ohio Redhawks.Ferguson sported

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BUSINESS BITES: Joplin recovered from tornado - so can we from 2019 Dorian?

In the Tornado Alley states of the USA, tornadoes, large and small, are too frequent to be named. Only the worst are identified for the official records — like Joplin in 2011.

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WORLD VIEW: Handmaiden to the tyranny of a minority

THERE have been many ignominious moments at the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) and many farcical decisions made, but they pale in significance when compared with the events of Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

A source of hope

Re: Hope in Times of Despair

Hapless Christie

The great tragedy in the affair of the Two Former Prime Ministers is the pathetic, hapless figure of Perry Christie.

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Sunshine Auto Lady Wildcats take NPSA pennant

DON’T look now but the Sunshine Auto Lady Wildcats have added another New Providence Softball Association ladies’ pennant to their collection.But manager Anthony Bullard said they will be more satisfied when they hoist the league’s championship crown

Minnis can go it alone

It is amazing and a spectacle of no small order to see and witness two of our former, and I stress the adjective, former, Prime Ministers seeking to publicly “upstage” the Most Honourable Prime Minister relative to their bogus attempts to inject themselves into matters of public policy in the aftermath of Dorian.

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Mother left unable to get dialysis dies after storm

A MOTHER-of-two died in Rand Memorial Hospital after she was unable to get dialysis during Hurricane Dorian, according to a relative. The woman’s aunt, Rosie Wells-Fawkes, said Annora Kemp, 38, had type one diabetes from the age of six and had been on dialysis for over a year.

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Please help us: Evacuees fear for future

EVACUEES have said they have been left feeling uncertain over their future as they try to adjust to life in refuge shelters.

Three hundred Bahamians return to work at Shipyard

Three hundred Bahamian employees have returned to work after the Grand Bahama Shipyard re-opened last Wednesday, showing the island “is on a path to recovery”. “We are extremely pleased to advise that the Grand Bahama Shipyard re-opened for business

Realtors hail 'awesome' exchange control relax

Realtors yesterday hailed as “awesome” the Central Bank’s proposal to relax exchange controls on residential property deals involving foreign buyers and sellers with effect from October 1. The regulator, in a four-page document outlining its liberal

Renewable provider blasts 4-year hold up

A renewable energy provider yesterday blasted the four-year delay in approving Windsor School’s solar energy system as an “absolute travesty” that has cost him thousands of dollars.Philip Holdom, president of Alternative Power Supply (APS), in a stat

CIBC unveils Dorian client relief measures

CIBC FirstCaribbean has unveiled a series of measures to assist with the rebuilding process for clients impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The bank, in a statement, said it will provide special loans, deferred payments and other concessions for customers

Solve Dorian housing crisis by using distressed homes

A well-known realtor is urging the government to use hundreds of repossessed New Providence homes that currently sit vacant to solve the housing crisis created by Hurricane Dorian.Mario Carey, founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate MCR Baham

Sunday, September 15

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Cleanup resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away

MCLEAN'S TOWN, Bahamas (AP) — Jeffrey Roberts lifted a mustard-yellow curtain from the ground to hunt for passports and other documents at the place where his family's home stood before Hurricane Dorian blasted into Grand Bahama Island.

Saturday, September 14

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Tropical storm warning discontinued

The government has discontinued a tropical storm warning as Humberto moves away from the Bahamas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Humberto is expected to become a hurricane by Sunday night or early Monday, but it won't threaten land by the time it intensifies to that strength.

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09132019 WEEKEND

Friday, 13th September, 2019.

09132019 EDITION

Friday, 13th September, 2019.

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Haitian community forms group to assist relief efforts

IN the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, prominent members of the Haitian community have formed the United Haitian Community Front to assist with relief efforts in the wake of the catastrophic storm.

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Storm victims 'refusing to comply with law and order'

NEMA spokesperson Carl Smith yesterday suggested storm victims were exacerbating challenges in the distribution of relief because they refused “to comply with law and order”.

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More 'scary' storms likely to come

A DISASTER expert on Friday forecast there will likely be more “scary” hurricanes like category five Dorian to come.

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Registration of displaced students will continue until mid-October

THE registration of 10,000 displaced students from Abaco and Grand Bahama will continue until mid-October, National Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Carl Smith said Friday.

Friday, September 13

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DIANE PHILLIPS: What happens when the story’s off the front page?

At the Fox Hill Community Centre, volunteers try to keep 56 children occupied. It isn’t easy. The shelter is at full capacity with 250 souls. It is one of the better ones, newly built, air-conditioned but still it is rough. People aren’t supposed to live like this, herded like cattle, sleeping in rooms with hundreds of strangers, sharing toilets with those they have never met, wearing the same clothes day after day.

EDITORIAL: A ship can only have one captain

IT is without doubt that we are in a time of national crisis. Hurricane Dorian has torn at our hearts, and devastated our northern islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco.

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Frustration as displaced students try to register

PARENTS and guardians of evacuated children from Abaco and Grand Bahama have expressed their frustration with the school registration exercise held at the National Stadium yesterday. Their complaints included long wait times and a lack of transparen

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Insurance payouts for Abacos could be $600m

COMPLETE restoration in Abaco will take a “massive” effort, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has said, adding insurance payouts in the hurricane devastated islands could be between $500m-$600m.While Mr Ingraham told reporters he did not know how

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Sweeting's Cay in ruins - but residents determined

THE once picturesque island of Sweeting’s Cay is in total ruins but the more than a dozen remaining residents – who survived the fury of Dorian for two days – said the worst is behind them and they are determined to stay and rebuild, despite unliveab

Bahamians trying to enter US turned away at airport

SCORES of Bahamian storm victims trying to enter the United States have reportedly been turned away at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. According to The Miami Herald, there is confusion over whether requirements for US travel have also bee

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BPL repair costs after hurricane may be $50m

IT could cost Bahamas Power and Light at least $50m to repair the damage to its infrastructure caused by Hurricane Dorian, according to a well-placed source. And even this figure could be on the low end of the spectrum, the source told this newspaper

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Aid groups: We're not being held back by red tape

REPRESENTATIVES of international organisations providing relief to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian said yesterday red tape has not hindered their efforts. During a press conference, leaders of the United States Agency for International Developmen

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A COMIC'S VIEW: A bigger bromance with Trump than with former PMs

THIS week, in the wake of the utter devastation left behind by Hurricane Dorian, two former prime ministers stepped to the microphone, and a bromance bloomed.

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No Sands Beer for six months

Bahamians will be unable to drink Sands Beer and its fellow beverages for six months after its Freeport-based producer “took a hell of a hit” from Hurricane Dorian’s storm surge.

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Rebuild could cost ‘billions and billions’

A Cabinet minister last night predicted it will cost “billions and billions” to rebuild Abaco and east Grand Bahama’s infrastructure after the “awesome challenge” laid down by Hurricane Dorian.

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URCA proposes up to 90% cut in call terminate fees

Regulators are proposing up to 90 percent “interim” cuts to a selection of call termination charges levied by the major Bahamian communications carriers, it was revealed yesterday.

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Aliv open to BTC rebuilding request on Abaco towers

Aliv’s top executive yesterday indicated it will respond favourably to its main competitor’s request to share mobile infrastructure in Abaco as part of post-Dorian restoration.Damian Blackburn told Tribune Business that the Bahamas Telecommunications

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Dorian likely to wipe out 2019 GDP growth

Hurricane Dorian’s “considerable hit to GDP” will likely cause the Bahamian economy to contract in 2019, a former finance minister saying: “We took a real beating squarely on the chin.”James Smith, who held the post during the 2002-2007 Christie admi

Is God a moral monster?

Did God send Hurricane Dorian which nearly wiped out Grand Bahama and Abaco? Was God responsible in any way for the casualties that are piling up, and is He guilty of the atrocities perpetrated in Abaco and Grand Bahama?I, too, am a survivor of Doria

Gospel artists put on benefit concert for hurricane relief

Bahamian gospel artists and international ministries have come together to put on a special benefit concert that will raise funds for hurricane relief efforts in Grand Bahama.Christ-Like Productions, Quinty Sears Ministry International, and Right Way

MEDITATION: Resurrecting hope

In times like these we have to work hard to resurrect hope for those who are feeling hopeless and helpless. For some of our people the darkness is so deep that they have begun to despair that they may never again see light. This is fertile ground fo

Trust in God after devastation – Pastor loses second home to hurricane, but his faith is stronger than ever

Grand Bahama pastor and Hurricane Dorian survivor Simeon Outten is encouraging those who lost their homes and loved ones in the storm to keep the faith in God during these trying times.He himself is no stranger to loss. This is the second time Pastor

THE PRESS BOX: Cowboy Nation – News from the ranch as we head into Week 2

AFTER an outstanding debut to the NFL season, with a 35-17 shellacking over the New York Giants, the Cowboys look to hit the road this week and improve to 2-0 on the season, and in the NFC East division, with a road win against the division rival Washington Redskins. As we head into Week 2 of the NFL season, here’s the latest news from around the ranch:

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Sands hired as assistant track and field coach

Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands, preparing for the completion of his athletic career, is now the latest Bahamian to secure a track and field coaching job in the United States. Sands, the most decorated Bahamian triple jumper, has been named as an assistant c

Attention seeking by former PMs

IT was so, so sad to see the two former Prime Ministers on TV Wednesday night. Both are retired and in their 70s.

Honouring Jennie Smith

On Sunday, September 8, I am deeply sadden by the passing of my mother Jennie Smith, but I do know God has a place for her in Heaven. My mother was the pillar and foundation of our family with 12 kids – eleven boys and one girl. Their names are Tino, Roberto Romano Dino, Larry, Barry, Cyril, Erskine, Ambrose Richard and the only daughter, Jackie. With many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A monster of a lesson

Bahamians got a first-hand lesson in the urgency of global warming in the form of a monster hurricane named Dorian.

Bahamians at Ole Miss in supply drive today

THE Bahamian connection at Ole Miss will embark on another community outreach initiative to support Hurricane Dorian victims. The Ole Miss Athletics student-athlete advisory committee will be sponsoring a supply drive today at the Oxford, Mississipp

Myron Rolle plans to assist Hurricane Dorian relief effort

MYRON Rolle, Bahamian Rhodes scholar and former NFL player and future neurosurgeon, plans to be on the ground to assist the Hurricane Dorian relief effort with his area of expertise. Rolle, a third-year MGH neurosurgery resident, will be a team memb

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Woods, Timberlake and crew to help rebuild

TIGER Woods teamed up with a group of other entertainers and internationally renowned brands to assist with Hurricane Dorian relief. Woods partnered with singer/actor Justin Timberlake, Nexus, RBC and Albany Bahamas to establish the ONE Bahamas Fund

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Murder suspect: Police told me they were going to crack my skull

A 21-year-old man accused of murdering a father of four claimed yesterday he was denied basic hygienic rights and suffered threats of harm while on remand.

Warning as new tropical storm likely to form

PARTS of the country recently devastated by Hurricane Dorian are at risk for more bad weather, as a tropical storm warning was in effect last night for the northwest Bahamas. Yesterday, Chief Meteorological Officer Arnold King said the heavy showers

Non-profits play their part

NON-PROFIT organisations such as the World Central Kitchen, Samaritan’s Purse and the Bahamas Red Cross have all pitched in to bring relief to evacuees impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Nate Mook, executive director of World Central Kitchen which prepar

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Louis Bacon pledges $1m aid

LOUIS Bacon, founder of The Moore Bahamas Foundation, an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation (MCF), pledged $1m for a combination of short-term and long-term hurricane relief and reconstruction following the devastation caused by Hurricane D

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Minnis bites back: Former PMs ‘jockeying for position’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis expressed disappointment and surprise yesterday in his predecessors, Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie, over their comments suggesting he has ignored their capacity to help the country recover from Hurricane Dorian.

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Missing list falls to 1,300

POLICE Commissioner Anthony Ferguson yesterday suggested the total number of lives lost due to Hurricane Dorian may never be fully recorded as he defended the pace of the official count.

Banks told: Bahamas still 'open for business'

A Cabinet minister has pledged that The Bahamas remains “open for business” despite the devastation inflicted on Abaco and Grand Bahama almost two weeks ago by Hurricane Dorian. Elsworth Johnson, minister of financial services, trade and industry an

Contractors chief calls for 'immediate code revamp'

The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday called for the country’s building codes to be “immediately revamped” as Dorian had shown they are “no longer adequate”.Michael Pratt told Tribune Business that despite The Bahamas havin

Church starts Dorian job finder programme

The New Providence Community Church (NPCC) has started a job placement initiative to help find work for Hurricane Dorian victims temporarily housed at New Providence shelters.Walter Ferguson, the initiative’s co-ordinator, told Tribune Business it ha

BTC restores key Marsh Harbour site

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it had completed “one of our priorities” by restoring two-way mobile services from its Marsh Harbour airport site. Garfield “Garry” Sinclair, BTC’s chief executive, said: “The Marsh Harbour

Thursday, September 12

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09122019 EDITION

Thursday, 12th September, 2019.

Don't spread false stories

In times of national distress, thank God there are many Bahamians who spread hope and show gratitude for what is being done to help.

EDITORIAL: We must all pull in the same direction

THE more we learn about the impact of Hurricane Dorian, the greater the scale of the challenge facing the country becomes apparent.

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STATESIDE: Time to think the unthinkable - even when running for the presidency

Hurricane Dorian moved off the major American front pages yesterday, replaced by news of US President Trump’s firing his fourth National Security Adviser, John Bolton. Bolton insisted he had resigned; he wasn’t fired. Maybe that was part of the communications problem between the two men. More on that later.

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Minnis hits back at former PMs

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has expressed disappointment and surprise in his predecessors, Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie, over comments they made suggesting he has ignored their capacity to help the country recover from Hurricane Dorian.

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Warning of increased risk of skin conditions

THE public is advised that following the passage of Hurricane Dorian there is an increased risk of skin infections associated with flooding and contaminated water. The Public Hospitals Authority advised that skin and soft tissue infections can devel

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Safe and sound - family finds dog lost in storm

A Bahamian couple has finally found their family dog days after she was reported missing during the passage of Hurricane Dorian in Abaco. Dr Jim and Mrs Kristi Hull of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, were vacationing in Canada when they received word that the

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Oil spotted in ocean off Abaco

OIL has been spotted in the ocean near Abaco and may have impacted parts of the coastline, days after an oil spill occurred in Grand Bahama.Equinor, which operates the South Riding Point storage and transshipment terminal in Grand Bahama, said the so

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Orphanages need more volunteers and money

ORPHANGES on New Providence are bracing for more children affected by Hurricane Dorian to be turned over to their facilities as they appealed for donations to help their operations.Representatives from the Ranfurly Home and Children’s Emergency Hoste

'Significant' help needed to repair damaged east GB

SIGNIFICANT support and assistance to rebuild the communities devastated in the east Grand Bahama district are needed, according to Administrator Gaye Antoine-Bowe, who reported that the damage to homes and property is very widespread. On Grand Baha

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Bahamasair ends relief flights

BAHAMASAIR has discontinued relief flights into Abaco and has resumed its regular commercial schedule into that island. Customers can get into the island on a discounted Bahamasair fare up to Monday, September 16. The airline said moving forward, Tre

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Power back in southern Abaco in three weeks

BAHAMAS Power and Light is anticipating electricity will be restored to the southern part of Abaco in three weeks, however it could be months before the rest of the island is reenergised. BPL acting director of operations Sterling Moss gave the estim

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'The perfect storm' for our economic viability

Hurricane Dorian was yesterday branded “the perfect storm” to derail an economic and fiscal turnaround that the government wanted to be natural disaster-free for “at least another year”. KP Turnquest, deputy prime minister, told Tribune Business

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Chamber chief: 50% of firms not totally insured

The Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive yesterday underscored the difficulties in recovering from Hurricane Dorian by revealing that around 50 percent of storm-hit businesses were not fully insured.

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Dorian destroys 30% of realtor's business

A leading Bahamian realtor yesterday pledged to “put Humpty Dumpty back together again” after Hurricane Dorian wiped out up to 30 percent of his business. George Damianos, pictured , president and managing broker of Damianos Sotheby’s International

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'Bottom feeders' targeting Abaco

A leading realtor yesterday revealed that “bottom feeders” are inquiring whether they can purchase Abaco real estate cheaply as a result of Hurricane Dorian’s devastation. Mario Carey, pictured , founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate MCR B

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Dorian victims told: 'Don't reach for sky' on recovery finance

Hurricane Dorian victims were yesterday urged by a well-known banker not to sacrifice their future financial well-being by over-borrowing to recover from the storm’s devastation.Gowon Bowe, pictured, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) chief financial officer, t

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Chisholm, Lewis help Marlins' hurricane relief drive

SEVERAL Bahamian minor league baseball players have used their platform to bring awareness to the plight of Hurricane Dorian victims to their respective fanbases. Jazz Chisholm, the Miami Marlins’ No.4 prospect, and Ian Lewis, the latest Bahamian to

Context of the hurricane

To explain the effects of Hurricane Dorian on The Bahamas.

Heroism of Bahamians

FURTHER to Lynn Holowesko’s letter about the amasing hurricane disaster response at Odyssey Aviation, another extraordinary operation was taking place at White Crown Aviation and the North Eleuthera Airport.

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Jones named to WNBA's All-Defensive 1st team

The postseason accolades have begun to roll in for Jonquel Jones as her Connecticut Sun prepare for a postseason run.Jones made her debut as a member of the WNBA’s All-Defensive First Team when the league announced the awards yesterday.She finished t

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Ayton hosts supplies donation drive at Fry's grocery store in Phoenix

PHOENIX Suns centre Deandre Ayton said he was overwhelmed at the level of support the people of Phoenix offered to the Bahamas and the victims of Hurricane Dorian. Ayton hosted a supplies donation drive at Fry’s grocery store in the Phoenix area and

Tribune NFL picks/standings week 2

Santxo Z - 11-4-1 Clint J - 11-4-1 DuVaughn E - 11-4-1 Wilner (AP) - 11-4-1 Naughty - 10-5-1 John S - 9-6-1 Stevie J - 9-6-1 Leo B - 8-7-1 SANTXO Z PANTHERS PATRIOTS 49ers TITANS STEELERS BILLS COWBOYS CHARGERS PACKERS RAVENS TEXAN

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Eric Gordon pledges $50,000

ERIC Gordon has often touted his Bahamian connection and that connection has inspired him to join the Hurricane Dorian relief effort. The Houston Rockets guard pledged $50,000 and partnered with Abaco Outreach/SBP to establish an online fundraiser t

Plane in emergency diversion

A JetBlue aircraft made an emergency diversion to Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday due to mechanical concerns with the aircraft.

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13 stolen shotguns recovered

POLICE have recovered 13 shotguns stolen from Abaco Hardware sometime before the passage of Hurricane Dorian.National Security Minister Marvin Dames told The Tribune yesterday officers are still searching for seven more guns on the island.“Officers r

Thunder and rain may hamper restoration

HEAVY localised showers and strong thunderstorms could hamper restoration efforts in hurricane ravaged Grand Bahama and Abaco over the next few days. The Bahamas Department of Meteorology is closely monitoring three weather systems, but none with any

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US man sent to jail - but then given bail

AN American man sentenced to 18 months for stabbing his ex-boss’ son was not sent to prison as ordered, but instead granted bail by the chief magistrate, a police inspector has said.Inspector Ferguson confirmed in open court that instead of being imp

Ardastra to hold camp for children displaced by storm

ARDASTRA Gardens Zoo and Conservation Centre is putting out the call for volunteers, partners and sponsors as it looks to offer children displaced by Dorian a much-needed reprieve. Beginning on Monday, Ardastra will run a free children’s retreat fro

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UPDATED: 1,300 registered missing

At Thursday’s press conference, NEMA said the number of missing people was now at 1,300.

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Former PM Hubert Ingraham believes hurricane death toll in the 'hundreds'

FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham believes the death toll tied to Hurricane Dorian is in the “hundreds”, giving credence to widespread public opinion that the government has understated the number of lives lost to the deadly storm.

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Former Prime Ministers: We'll assist how we can

ALTHOUGH retired from public life, former Prime Ministers Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham have made themselves available to the government to assist how they can with the restoration efforts in Hurricane Dorian ravaged islands.

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Minnis asks - how can you help?

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis defended the government’s response to Hurricane Dorian during a national address last night, insisting officials reacted as quickly as possible to the Category 5 storm.

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Baha Mar: Dorian relief to 'offset' cancellations

A senior Baha Mar executive yesterday said bookings from relief workers were expected to “offset” leisure traveller cancellations triggered by Hurricane Dorian. Robert Sands, pictured , Baha Mar’s senior vice-president for government and external af

Shipyard delivers sign of post-Dorian rebound

Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), pictured , yesterday delivered “a significant sign” of post-Dorian recovery by reopening and welcoming back its first commercial vessel. The 57,062-ton Agathonissos , owned by Greece-based Eletson, returned to the facili

Cruise line promises 29% Nassau call rise

Royal Caribbean Cruises has pledged it will make more than 100 vessel calls on Nassau over the next few months in a bid to boost the post-Hurricane Dorian economic recovery.The cruise line said it was resuming all calls to The Bahamas, and re-opening

Clarification

In an article headlined Half of Dorian victims lack insurance cover, published on September 11, comments were attributed to Warren Rolle, the Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) chairman, calling for Bahamians to understand their insurance policies

ART OF GRAPHIX: Design criticism 'sting' is just a growing pain

Critique is a must. We cannot label ourselves as designers if we are unable to give or take criticism. Criticism is a very powerful tool for many kinds of problems. It is not just to assess designs; it is for use in creating a better business plan, o

BAIC raises queries over dorian oil spill

Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) officials have visited Grand Bahama’s South Riding Point terminal to assess the oil spill and damage inflicted by Hurricane Dorian.The corporation, in a statement following its Tuesday inspection

Wednesday, September 11

Jordan donates $1m to assist Dorian victims

WIDELY regarded as the greatest professional basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan has made the largest personal donation of any sports icon toward Hurricane Dorian relief. A frequent visitor to Baker’s Bay in Abaco, Jordan announced his don

The Tribune

BAHAMAS Power and Light is anticipating electricity will be restored to the southern part of Abaco in three weeks, however it could be months before the rest of the island is reenergised. BPL Acting Director of Operations Sterling Moss gave the esti

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09112019 EDITION

Wednesday, 11th September, 2019.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Together in grief, kindness and hope we will come through

Grief is a beast like no other. It is unpredictable, unwieldy and unwanted. We often do not know how to deal with it, whether it is our own or someone else’s.

Medicine, food, refrigerators lost to daily BPL load shedding

ASSISTED living facilities and non-profit organisations dedicated to fight hunger in New Providence have lost medication, food and refrigerators due to daily load shedding exercises by Bahamas Power and Light. Phillip Poitier, proprietor of Gourmet

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US 'saved more than 200 lives' after Dorian

THE “heroic efforts” of the United States Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection saved more than 200 lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, according to a press release from the US Embassy in Nassau. The press release added that hurrican

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Field hospital set up

A STATE-of-the-art field hospital on Grand Bahama was set to become operational yesterday to provide healthcare services in Freeport while Rand Memorial Hospital closes down and undergoes sanitisation and decontamination. Hospital Administrator Shar

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'We will rebuild Grand Bahama'

BOTH the government and the Grand Bahama Port Authority yesterday pledged to rebuild the storm-ravaged island as critical needs for housing and basic relief remain high.The level of desperation on Grand Bahama is widespread. GBPA executive director R

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'Opposition can assist with recovery effort'

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Phillip ‘Brave’ Davis has called on the government to recall parliament so the opposition can “assist in the governance” of Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts. Speaking at a PLP press conference yesterday, Mr Davis sa

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'No intention' of granting evacuees provisional asylum

THE government has no intention of granting provisional asylum to undocumented migrants nor does it plan to meet with Haitian officials at this stage over concerns that have emanated in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.This is according to Immigration Mi

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Davis: Call back Parliament - and call in former PMs

OPPOSITION Leader Phillip “Brave” Davis said there is simmering discontent and a growing sense of desperation in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian due to a lack of leadership in the country. He made his comments in a critical letter sent to Prime Min

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'We lost Marsh Harbour. We lost Treasure Cay'

ACROSS the country, many Bahamians are answering the call to provide aid to the thousands of individuals who were adversely impacted by Hurricane Dorian. One of them is Dr John Hull. Days after Hurricane Dorian ravaged Abaco and its surrounding cays

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Displaced children to go to New Providence schools

ALL children who have displaced by Hurricane Dorian and are currently in New Providence will be placed in new schools by the Ministry of Education, National Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Carl Smith confirmed yesterday. Mr Smith, during a

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$10,000 fine for illegally using fishing apparatus

A Bahamian fishing boat captain was fined $10,000 for using illegal fishing apparatus to catch over $20,000 worth of fisheries in the Cay Sal Bank area.Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans fined 26-year-old Jeffrey Jolly for admitting to using an air

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Girl was 'disturbed' after alleged sex with reservist

A POLICE officer yesterday testified how a teenage girl’s demeanour notably changed from upbeat to “disturbed” after allegedly having sex with a police reservist at a police station last year. Sergeant Lakeisha Bain said the 14-year-old was not the

Baptist community 'will do a lot more to help'

LOOKING at the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian, Rev Dr Lloyd Smith said the Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention will do a lot more to help out the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama. As promised on Monday, newly elected

Japan donates aid

THE government of Japan donated hurricane relief goods to the Bahamas yesterday. The donation included 50 tents, 1,000 foldable tanks, 30 water storage tanks, 100 plastic sheets and 2,600 blankets to be dispatched immediately to hurricane victims in

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Lucayan chief aims to 'ratchet up' sales talks

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday said he is aiming to “ratchet up” talks for the resort’s sale given that Freeport needs an “economic booster” more than ever after Hurricane Dorian. Michael Scott, who heads the government-owned vehicle that co

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‘No public health concern’ from oil spill

INITIAL assessments of the oil spill in Grand Bahama have revealed the matter is of “no concern” to public health and has caused no impact to the marine environment, National Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Carl Smith said yesterday.

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$100m disaster loan drawdown 'within 2 weeks'

The government will make its first drawdown on the $100m Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) disaster recovery loan facility “within the next two weeks”, a top official has confirmed. Marlon Johnson, the Ministry of Finance’s financial secretary,

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Half of Dorian victims lack insurance cover

Bahamian insurers yesterday warned that up to three-quarters of property owners in the areas Dorian hit hardest may be unable to gain full compensation for their losses.Members of the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA), addressing Dorian’s implicati

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Oban brushes off ‘insane’ warning over oil spillage

Oban Energies “remains confident” in the environmental soundness of its $5.5bn oil storage/refinery project despite warnings it would be “insane” to proceed given the post-Dorian spill.

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BTC, Aliv at odds on post-Dorian roaming

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and Aliv are at odds over how long customers should be allowed to roam free of charge on each other’s networks in the Dorian-hit islands.Garfield “Garry” Sinclair, BTC’s chief executive, yesterday told Tri

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Legislation drafted for mandatory evacuations

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel has confirmed the completion of draft legislation to allow for mandatory evacuations once parts of the country are under threat of natural disasters.

Where were the RBDF and NEMA?

I was surprised by the reaction of many to the recent near obliteration of Abaco and the ravaging of Grand Bahama by hurricane Dorian.

Boston Blackie

Leonard “Boston Blackie” Miller is a name many more Bahamians should know. No, I’m not a member of his family, or in other ways related to him. I don’t even have his, or his family’s permission to say what I’m saying. I did, however, work with him briefly at C C Sweeting Junior High School many years ago. He impressed me as much then as he did with his pugilistic skills and bicycle riding abilities years and years before that. The fact that, even physical education teachers, in recent years, claim never to have heard of him is to me a big shame.

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Nesly Jean enjoying new role as head coach of Team Bahamas

HE could have easily been on the field kicking the ball around and setting up his team-mates for a goal. But Nesly Jean said he’s enjoying his new role as the head coach of the men’s national soccer team as he gets to call the shots from the sideline

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Chelsi russell gets scholarship from ITF Olympic Solidarity for Coaches

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association congratulates coach Chelsi Russell, who received a six-week scholarship from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Olympic Solidarity for Coaches to participate in the ITF Coaching Advanced Players Course (Leve

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Junior Chess players return home with 23 team points

THE Bahamas junior chess team recently returned home from the prestigious North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC) with a total of 23 team points. Although no team member medalled, team coach and president of The Bahamas Chess Federation, Elto

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Nothing but praise for our men's national soccer team

CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio had nothing but praise for the Bahamas men’s national soccer team following their 2-1 triumph over Bonaire in the Nations League match on Monday night at Thomas A Robinson National Stadium. “Every one of ou

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Public cautioned over incorrect information on storm victims

CABINET ministers yesterday cautioned the public over the spread of erroneous information as officials continue to “meticulously” comb affected areas for deceased victims of Hurricane Dorian.

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Life in the shelter 'a frustrating experience'

ON most days, Success Jean would wake up at 5am, check on his infant children and set off to do construction work at the Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay.

Visiting Bahamas 'best thing' to help Dorian recovery

A Cabinet minister has told international travellers that “the best thing they can do right now” to help The Bahamas is visit the islands that were not devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, signalled t

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Business couple: 'We're not giving up on Abaco'

Two business partners have promised they are “not giving up on Abaco” after their company was one of the few left standing by Hurricane Dorian. Daphne de Gregory and her husband, Nick Miaoulis, both spent five hours holding their own against the cat

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Atlantis pledges $3m to Dorian assistance

Atlantis and its owner, Brookfield Asset Management, have announced a $3m pledge to benefit Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.“All of us here at Atlantis are deeply saddened by the devastation of our sister islands Abaco and Grand Bahama. We are thankf

Building suppliers awaiting 'major pick-up' in demand

Nassau-based building supplies and hardware retailers yesterday said they expect “a significant pick-up” in demand within the next few weeks to assist post-Hurricane Dorian rebuilding.Raymond Collins, of Tops Lumber and Plumbing, told Tribune Busines

Tuesday, September 10

Desperation mounts as shelters turn evacuees away

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Desperation mounted in the Bahamas on Tuesday as hurricane survivors arriving in the capital by boat and plane were turned away from overflowing shelters.

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09102019 EDITION

Tuesday, 10th September, 2019.

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PETER YOUNG: The rescue and the rebuild need a strong hand at the helm

So much has been written already about the catastrophe of Dorian that it is hard to find further words to describe its deadly effects and the horrors inflicted on people in Abaco and Grand Bahama. The destruction and loss of life is almost beyond belief and the extent of the suffering unimaginable. So it is heartening that the worldwide publicity has produced an extraordinarily positive response from other countries and that an international humanitarian aid operation is now under way.

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FACE TO FACE: We don’t give these storms the respect they deserve

I had a chat about Hurricane Dorian with 29-year veteran meteorologist Wayne Neely, who has spent most of his professional life writing books with detailed accounts of hurricanes that have affected The Bahamas.

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Florida man buys 100 generators to help Bahamas

A FLORIDA man has purchased 100 generators to help Bahamians in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. His generous donation, worth over $49,000, is one of several relief efforts to aid Grand Bahama and Abaco after these islands were devastated by the m

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'We climbed into bathtub to ride out the hurricane'

DREXEL Bootle rode out Hurricane Dorian in the bathtub with his wife. The Treasure Cay resident survived Hurricane Floyd, a Category 4 storm that devastated Abaco 20 years ago, but he told The Tribune that storm was “child’s play” compared with Hurr

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Baha Mar to give $2m in aid

Baha Mar has committed $2m in financial aid to support immediate disaster relief and long-term recovery for our fellow Bahamians severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

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'Give paperless Haitians temporary asylum'

HAITIAN Chargé d’Affaires Dorval Darlier wants the Bahamas government to grant temporary asylum to undocumented migrants affected by Hurricane Dorian. This, he asserted yesterday, was the best way to assist devastated Haitians living in Grand Bahama

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Abaco power grid virtually eradicated

‘DIRE’ was how Bahamas Power and Light yesterday described the electricity situation in North Abaco following Hurricane Dorian, which completely “obliterated” infrastructure.In a press statement yesterday, BPL said there are no standing electricity p

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Trump: We don't want 'very bad' people

AS weary storm survivors seek refuge in the United States, President Donald Trump said his country must be careful not to let “very bad” people from The Bahamas through its borders. He was responding yesterday to the outrage that emerged when the cr

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$500m Dorian payout 'biggest I have seen'

Insurers yesterday estimated that Hurricane Dorian claims payouts could “easily exceed” $500m, with one top executive revealing: “It’s definitely the biggest event I’ve ever seen.” Tim Ingraham, Summit Insurance Company’s president, told Tribune Bus

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GB Power: 80% of Freeport grid survives Dorian

Grand Bahama Power Company’s (GBPC) chief executive said the restoration of customer supply would begin yesterday evening after 80 percent of its Freeport grid infrastructure survived Hurricane Dorian. Dave McGregor, the utility’s chief executive, c

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Dorian ‘demands altered approach’ from insurers

Hurricane Dorian’s catastrophic impact “demands that insurers take” a more conciliatory approach to how claims are handled, an outspoken QC urged yesterday.

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Moody's: Dorian rebuild hit from insurance woes

The economic boost from Hurricane Dorian recovery “could be limited” by the 60 percent of Bahamian households who failed to fully insure, a global credit rating agency has warned. Moody’s, in an assessment that underlined how the category five storm

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Ansbacher: Our $10m is 'wrongfully withheld'

Ansbacher (Bahamas) is accusing a Puerto Rican bank of “wrongfully retaining” $10.087m of its funds that are “urgently needed to honour customers’ transactions”.The Bahamian institution, part of AF Holdings (the former Colina Financial Group), is dem

Regulator 'vigilant' on hoarding and gouging

Regulators are continuing to probe allegations of price gouging involving food items and batteries in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the Prices Commission’s chairman warned yesterday.Danny Sumner, urging companies to desist from such practices, said t

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Bahamas earn 2-1 win over Bonaire

Playing with a heavy heart as he led in the hurricane relief efforts for Abaco and Grand Bahama, an emotionally charged Happy Hall and and his long-time team-mate Cameron Hepple lifted the Bahamas in a celebratory mood with a 2-1 victory over Bonaire

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Surviving the storm

When tragedy strikes you realise how fragile life is, regardless of your age, social standing, or wealth. During these traumatic times our differences can seem so minuscule in comparison to the bigger picture of life. In walking through your challeng

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LIFE LINES: Actions speak louder than words

The headline, a phrase you probably heard more than once growing up, has never been more meaningful than now in the catastrophic wake of Hurricane Dorian. So many residents and international individuals, groups and agencies are doing just that – acti

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Businesswoman advises on starting over after the storm

How to safeguard against crisis and rebuild after tragedy will be the focus of this Saturday’s “Business Beyond Borders Brunch” hosted by entrepreneur Simmone Bowe.Scheduled for 10am at the British Colonial Hilton, the event was initially going to h

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Moms encourage their kids to get involved in relief efforts

As Bahamians are still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian, children are leading the way in the relief efforts.From the picture of a little girl who opened a lemonade stand to raise money for storm victim that went viral, to kids

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More awareness needed to battle prostate cancer in the Bahamas

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The Bahamas as a nation is trying to deal with a natural disaster of epic proportions.Sadly, prostate cancer continues to be a national health disaster, with hundreds of Bahamian men being diagnosed ever

Take time to ‘unplug’ from hurricane coverage

Therapist stresses the need for self-care in times of disaster

AS the country grapples with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, a local therapist is encouraging Bahamians to implement self-care strategies, to unplug and decompress even as they put their energy into relief efforts.

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Buddy: 'I'm just trying to raise awareness where people can donate water, food'

BUDDY Hield continues to extend the reach of his platform and galvanise support for the victims of Hurricane Dorian. Hield appeared on ESPN’s flagship show “SportsCenter” to discuss the effects of the catastrophic storm and NBA personalities from ac

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Jones and Sun get set for WNBA playoffs

THE WNBA regular season concluded and now attention shifts to the playoffs for Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun. Jones led the league in rebounding for the second time in her career and finished tied for the league lead in blocks. She finished

Rebuilding our islands

I have been trying to find a reliable, qualified person to fix our roof since hurricane Michael. We called the Labour board to find out what is the going rate for a qualified worker and we were told they have no guideline, it is up to us and the worker.

Death, destruction & recovery

Hurricane Dorian will long be remembered by this generation as the most destructive one ever experienced since the Great Hurricane of 1932.

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Police reserves denies raping girl at police station

RESERVE Sergeant Dwayne Decosta denied raping a teenage girl over four times his junior during his initial record of interview with police last year, jurors heard yesterday. The 56-year-old denied assertions by Inspector Altida Bowles at the time th

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Man drowns at Sea Breeze

A MAN reportedly drowned in the Sea Breeze Canal on Sunday. According to police, shortly after 6pm a group of males were sitting on the edge of the Sea Breeze Canal when another male came there and dove into the water. After he had not surfaced, the

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Man faces murder charge

A 27-year-old man was charged yesterday with murdering another man two weeks ago. Hugh Tyler-Bowe was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt over allegations he murdered Jarvis Butler on August 30. Bowe was not required to enter a

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Families left in mourning after series of shootings

SEVERAL families are grieving after their loved ones were murdered in five separate shootings over the weekend.While police have released scant details about the spate of violence, The Tribune spoke to relatives of the deceased who are trying to unde

Teachers continue protest over Carlton Francis principal

THE first day of school at Carlton Francis Primary School was marred by further tensions between the school’s principal and the 30 teachers who protested on the school’s grounds yesterday. Vernon Rodgers, Bahamas Union of Teachers area vice-presiden

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Free tuition offer for displaced students

IN the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Hampton University in Virginia is offering free tuition, room and board to displaced students at the University of The Bahamas’ Northern Campus for the upcoming fall semester. UB released a statement on Sunday, expre

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Suspect accused of killing after hurricane

A MAN was arraigned in Grand Bahama yesterday accused of killing another man last Wednesday when the island was reeling from the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The Freeport resident was brought into a makeshift court at the new Sir Albert

Replacement passports at New Providence

STORM victims of Grand Bahama and Abaco who need to renew or replace their passport which was damaged or lost during Hurricane Dorian can do so by visiting the Passport Office in New Providence. Fees for the renewal or replacement of passports for s

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Two injured after shooting

TWO men are in hospital after they were shot on Sunday night. Shortly after 10pm, two men were standing outside a home on First Street, Coconut Grove, when occupants of a silver Honda vehicle opened fire in their direction, hitting both of them befo

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A new fight for survival in Marsh Harbour

THE chaos that gripped Marsh Harbour in the wake of Hurricane Dorian has subsided, and for those who remain, a new fight for survival begins.

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Governor General: Bahamas faces one of the greatest challenges in its history

THE Bahamas faces one of the greatest challenges in its history in trying to rebuild lives and infrastructure in the wake of Hurricane Dorian’s unprecedented destruction, Governor General CA Smith said last night.

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More than 1,600 evacuees in New Providence shelters

MORE than 1,600 people are in emergency shelters in New Providence, according to the National Emergency Management Agency, as Hurricane Dorian’s decimation forced 4,800 people to be evacuated to the capital.

Carnival affirms $100m cruise port commitment

Carnival Cruise Line has reaffirmed its commitment to its $100m Grand Bahama cruise port project despite the devastation inflicted upon the northern Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian. Giora Israel, the cruise line’s senior vice-president of global port an

Monday, September 9

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09092019 EDITION

Monday, 9th September, 2019.

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John 'Chippie' Chipman dies age 90

JOHN “Chippie” Chipman, the iconic Bahamian entertainer, died yesterday at 90, his family said.

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HURRICANE DORIAN: Death toll now stands at 50

Monday’s updates.

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NEMA: No new arrangements for Bahamians to enter US

NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency officials emphasised Monday that no special arrangements have been made to facilitate the entry of Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian into the United States.

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Police and defence force officers bring security

MORE than 900 Bahamian police and defence force officers are on the ground in Abaco and Grand Bahama, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, which said the necessary resources are being provided to ensure safety and security on those island.

EDITORIAL: We must be united in response

IT was perhaps inevitable that after the initial rush of support in the wake of the immediate impact of Hurricane Dorian that dissenting voices would start to be raised.

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INSIGHT: A mountain to climb – which we must do together

THE devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian’s wrath has been absolutely unimaginable. As we braced ourselves for this monstrous Category 5 hurricane, there is no way we could have fathomed the trail of destruction that would be left behind. Footage depicting people’s lives scattered across Abaco and Grand Bahama in unrecognisable mangled pieces of debris have been plastered all over local and North American media outlets.

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INSIGHT: This is not a time for partisan politics. It is a time for bigger thinking.

It’s pretty tough up here. I am lucky to be alive and thankful. There was no storm surge on the south of Freeport. There was minor damage to my home; water penetration, roof damage and huge landscape destruction.

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Four dead, nine injured in New Providence shootings

FOUR people are dead and another nine injured following five separate shooting incidents in undisclosed areas of New Providence over the weekend.

Headknowles suspension lifted

HEADKNOWLES founders yesterday confirmed that GoFundMe had temporarily suspended its crowd funding account, but the issue has now been rectified.

Boaters saved 500 Abaco residents in aftermath

FIVE hundred stranded Abaco residents were rescued by a group of boaters who spent the last few days tirelessly searching for survivors in some of the island chain’s smaller cays.

Island House pledges $500,000 to relief effort

DONATIONS continue to pour in for victims of Hurricane Dorian, with The Island House pledging a minimum of $500,000 for immediate relief and subsequent rebuilding efforts.

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‘Looters took everything’ says Abaco storm survivor

AS survivors of Hurricane Dorian face the challenge of rebuilding their shattered lives, there is also the constant fear that desperation and chaos will lead to violence.

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Concerns over oil spill at facility

ENVIRONMENT groups are concerned about the impact an oil spill at Equinor’s facility on Grand Bahama caused by Hurricane Dorian may have on wildlife, ground water and marine protected areas.

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Little contact as East End residents battle to survive

BAHAMIANS who survived Hurricane Dorian’s deadly wrath in far-flung East Grand Bahama settlements remain locked in survival mode.

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Royal Caribbean bring aid to Grand Bahama

Senior executives of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd arrived on Grand Bahama at the weekend to personally oversee the company’s relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

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EXODUS: Thousands evacuated as NEMA insists it's doing the best it can

A SPOKESMAN for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has defended the organisation against criticisms of its response to Hurricane Dorian, insisting that officials are pleased with their efforts so far.

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Near miss for PM's plane

A Bahamasair aircraft carrying Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis had to make a sudden drop in altitude while en route to Abaco to avoid a mid-air collision.

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NEMA evacuates 3,500

MORE than 3,000 people have been evacuated to New Providence in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

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Rahming secures bronze at Pan Am Open

In her continued trek towards cementing her berth in judo for the Bahamas at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Cynthia Rahming secured a bronze medal at the Pan American’s Santo Dominican Open in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, over the weekend, improving on a fifth place finish two years ago.

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Pray for The Bahamas

Miami Hurricanes took the field on Saturday wearing the Bahamas flag sticker on their helmets . . .

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‘Tum Tum’ back with Spartans

LOURAWLS “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr is back with the Michigan State Spartans programme.

Keep out the scam fundraisers

Fundraising for Dorian victims

What will we learn from Hurricane Dorian?

The whole country I expect sends their support to everyone who was impacted by Dorian…as a people saddened on hearing the deaths.

Is there no justice for the poor?

I spent 6 hours yesterday at Jet Aviation trying desperately and unsuccessfully to evacuate my family members from Abaco.

Mechanic accused of trying to sabotage airline

POLICE on New Providence are investigating the circumstances surrounding an alleged drowning that occurred on Saturday.

Man dies after being hit by crane

A MAN died after he was hit by a crane and thrown to the ground at a construction site in West Ridge, New Providence on Saturday, police said.

Contractors offer employment assistance for Dorian victims

​THE Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) is looking to assist people impacted by Hurricane Dorian by securing employment among its membership.​

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Chamber chair: Abaco will ‘bounce back’

ABACO’S economy will “bounce back” from the ravages of Hurricane Dorian the island’s Chamber of Commerce president said yesterday, telling Tribune Business: “Everything is completely flattened”.​

Colonial Group: We’ll do our part

THE Colonial Group has pledged to support hurricane victims in The Bahamas following the impact of Hurricane Dorian on Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Sunday, September 8

Saturday, September 7

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Volunteers answer the call at New Providence Community Church

NO more volunteers are currently needed at the New Providence Community Church (NPCC), as Bahamians have adequately answered the call to lend a helping hand during the organisation’s Hurricane Dorian relief efforts which continued on Saturday.

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How The Mudd and Pigeon Peas were lost

PASTOR Wilson Isnord, a tall, youthful leader in the Haitian community, walked through puddles of water and piles of trash with a blowhorn in hand as rain fell from overcast skies, shouting a simple message in Creole and English: “Get out and evacuate.”

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Evacuee says Grand Bahama like war-torn Baghdad

PARTS of Grand Bahama look like war-torn Baghdad in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, according to one resident who evacuated the island and arrived in the capital on Saturday.

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Four dead, eight injured after shootings

FOUR people were killed and eight others were injured after four separate shooting incidents on Friday.

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Psychologists and therapists to assist hurricane survivors

A conglomerate of local psychologists and therapists are making plans to launch a crisis management counselling initiative that will provide assistance and support to those now dealing with the trauma of living through the horror of Hurricane Dorian.

Friday, September 6

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09062019 WEEKEND

Friday, 6th August, 2019.

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HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATES: Death toll now stands at 43

Friday’s latest news.

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Death toll rises to 43, PM says loss of life is 'devastating'

AS THE Hurricane Dorian death toll has now rocketed to a “catastrophic” 43, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the country’s grief begins with all of the families who have lost loved ones.

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Hurricane Floyd 'child's play' compared to Dorian

HURRICANE Floyd, a Category 4 storm that devastated Abaco 20 years ago, was "child's play" compared to Hurricane Dorian, said one Treasure Cay resident.

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Family sought refuge from Dorian under bed and in closet

AN Abaco family was forced to seek refuge under their bed and in a closet after Hurricane Dorian’s ferocious gusts blew the roof off their Spring City home.

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Immigration apprehension exercises suspended in Abaco, Grand Bahama

DEPARTMENT of Immigration apprehension exercises have been suspended in Abaco and Grand Bahama in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department assists Dorian recovery

IN the wake of Hurricane Dorian, numerous international organisations are providing their services to aid the Bahamas in its recovery efforts, one of them being the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team.

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Abaco resident says island is unsafe to live

AS survivors of Hurricane Dorian face the challenge of rebuilding their shattered lives, there is also the constant fear that desperation and chaos will lead to violence.

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09062019 EDITION

Friday, 6th September, 2019.

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Woman, 77, drowned in Marsh Harbour home

MS ASTRID Stratton, 77, drowned in her Marsh Harbour home during the height of Sunday’s category five hurricane that demolished her two-story house.

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Free evacuation flights on Bahamasair

FOR the next five days there will be free evacuation flights on Bahamasair from Abaco and Grand Bahama to Nassau, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced on Thursday night.

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Grand Bahama after Dorian: 'Everything is lost'

NEMA officials landed in Grand Bahama on Friday afternoon and went to a number of housing subdivisions in Freeport that sustained substantial flood damage and property loss in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Dorian’s emotional toll – where are the shrinks, the counsellors, the comforting hugs?

On August 23, 1992, family members were stationed on an island just off Bimini when Hurricane Andrew slammed The Bahamas with ferocious winds that topped 200 miles an hour.

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Red Cross: We need to help our brothers and sisters

THE Bahamas Red Cross Society has issued an appeal for donations to assist with the needs of hurricane victims in Abaco and Grand Bahama.

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Fear of illnesses spreading in wake of Dorian

THE Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation is concerned about the possibility of an outbreak of water-borne and vector-borne illnesses in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, a local representative said yesterday. Dr Esther de Gourville

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Baptists: We're ready to help in any way possible

LEADERS of the Baptist community say they are ready to assist storm victims “in any way possible”. Yesterday, the Bahamas Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention’s president, Rev Dr Lloyd Smith, expressed sadness and offered the assistance of

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Cut off - residents unable to reach East End through flood waters

GRAND Bahama residents were desperate to get to East End yesterday to check on relatives and loved ones who they have not seen or heard from since Hurricane Dorian landed on the island.Scores of Grand Bahama residents could not get through flood wate

Haitian official: Evacuate island - there's no place to live on Abaco

HAITIAN Chargé D’Affaires Dorval Darlier has urged the Minnis administration to evacuate as many people as possible to New Providence as there is no place for them to live in Abaco. While he said the Haitian government has given him the green light

$2m from Carnival Cruise Line - and $1m from Bacardi

CARNIVAL Cruise Line’s corporate parent and its chairman have pledged a multi-million-dollar donation toward hurricane-relief for storm affected islands.The corporation’s philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, and its nine global cruise line brands

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'Hurricane victims told to leave clinic'

SOME Hurricane Dorian victims have been pushed out of the Marsh Harbour Clinic and are being told they cannot sleep at the government complex, two of the few buildings sheltering residents in the aftermath of the storm. These were the claims of Rich

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Mother and baby forced to ride out storm in car

A MOTHER and her one-year-old daughter were forced to seek refuge in their car after Dorian’s furious gusts blew off the roof of their Spring City, Abaco, home and the walls caved in all around them. Ostina Dean, who spoke with The Tribune after bein

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Man blasted hole with shotgun for family to escape

A MAN had to resort to blasting the window of his home with a shotgun in order for his family to escape rising flood waters caused by Hurricane Dorian. Celeste Stubbs, an Abaco evacuee, fought back her tears yesterday as she told reporters, “We have

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'All I have left is a photo of my grandson'

THE only thing Patricia Darville took with her when she was rescued from decimated Man-o-War Cay on Wednesday afternoon was a photo of her one-year-old grandson. The 74-year-old pridefully shared the photo as she recounted how she, infant Logan Thom

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Central Bank: Dorian will have negative, short-term impact on Bahamas economy

While the country’s mid-term growth prospects are still positive, the Central Bank has noted that Hurricane Dorian will have a negative impact on the economy in the short-term.

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Aid effort picks up momentum as some Bahamians seek way out

ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — A few meager possessions stuffed in plastic bags, some of the haggard Bahamians who lost homes to the ravages of Hurricane Dorian are waiting at a small airport hoping to catch planes out of the disaster zone as an international humanitarian effort to help the Caribbean country gains momentum and the death toll has risen to 30.

The word heals!

The word of God is the most important and significant remedy there is for the healing of a people and nation. The word of God restores and revives! The word of God is a potent, redoubtable and formidable force to reckon with! The word of God brings h

Samaritan's Purse sends relief to the Bahamas

Samaritan’s Purse sent more than 30 tonnes of emergency relief to the Bahamas aboard their DC-8 aircraft yesterday morning. The plane left Greensboro, North Carolina, around 9am and arrived in Nassau to be unloaded. Onboard were emergency shelter ma

BIA commits to settling hurricane claims ‘fairly’

THE Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) has assured that it is committed to working with those impacted by Hurricane Dorian and settling claims “fairly and in the most expeditious manner’.​

BTC chief: We are not 'sitting on our hands'

THE Bahamas Telecommunication’s Company’s (BTC) chief executive yesterday blamed an ‘overwhelming congestion’ on its New Providence network for its mobile service disruption issues, assuring the public the company was not “sitting on our hands”.

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ALIV: Engineers 'actively' restoring service in East End

ALIV’S chief executive said the company would spare no effort to restoring full service to its network in hurricane ravaged Abaco and Grand Bahama.​Damian Blackburn, in an interview with Tribune Business, said: “Aliv status is the network is working

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IAAF Worlds: Miller-Uibo ranked 4th overall

Heading into today’s deadline for athletes and teams to be confirmed for the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Championships, Shaunae Miller-Uibo is currently sitting in fourth place overall in the women’s world ranking.The world rank

Billy Graham chaplains deploy to devastated Bahamas

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) has deployed to offer emotional and spiritual care to hurting residents in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the strongest storm to ever hit the islands.The monstrous hurricane hit the Bahamas as

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Shaunae pledges $25,000 to help with hurricane recovery

SHAUNAE Miller-Uibo became the latest high profile Bahamian athlete to use their platform to aid the Hurricane Dorian relief effort. The national 200m record holder and reigning 400m Olympic champion pledged $25,000 to assist the rebuilding of churc

NPSA set to hold Relief Day for GB and Abaco

WHILE they will resume their regular season next week, the New Providence Softball Association will join in the restoration of Abaco and Grand Bahama by holding a Relief Day on Saturday in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Fr

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THE PRESS BOX: 5 Fantasy Football sleepers to help you win your Week One matchup

AS the NFL kicked off its 100th season last night, here are 5 Fantasy Football sleepers to help you win your week one matchup. QUARTERBACK Nick Foles - Jacksonville Jaguars The key for Foles is the Jaguars’ defence. If they can’t slow down the po

Tom Brady joins in on fund-raising for Dorian victims

SOME of the biggest names in sports have expressed an interest in lending assistance to the Hurricane Dorian relief effort. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a frequent visitor to the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club during the NFL offseason

Meditation - Starting all over again

As I write this reflection, the hurricane has just finished raging in our northern islands. What heart-wrenching scenes and heart-rending cries from our people stranded on roofs, in flooded homes and ongoing hurricane force winds, torrential rain, an

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‘We witnessed Dorian from start to finish. The devastation, the bodies, the looting.’

They went in thinking they were well prepared for Hurricane Dorian - but it turned into a week of hell for the reporting team from The Tribune, trapped inside Abaco first through the passage of the deadly storm itself and then trying to find a way out of an island cut off from the outside world. Reporter RASHAD ROLLE relives his experience inside an island affected by death, destruction, looting and people trying to find a way to get through the storm.

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Death toll may be 'staggering'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has expressed fears that the official death toll from Hurricane Dorian could reach “staggering” proportions.

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HURRICANE DORIAN: Death toll rises to 30

Thursday's news from Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Total visitor arrivals firm by 18.8 per cent in June

TOTAL visitor arrivals to The Bahamas firmed by 18.8 per cent in June, according to the Central Bank of the Bahamas.​

Thursday, September 5

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09052019 EDITION

Thursday, 5th August, 2019.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: We are living through the stages of grief after Dorian

THIS past weekend, two of our northern islands, Abaco and Grand Bahama, bore the brunt of a vicious superstorm named Dorian. Hurricane Dorian will go down as one of the most destructive forces to ever pass through our islands in modern history. As I

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Bahamas must ensure it gets 'greatest multiplier effect' in Dorian rebuild

This nation must ensure it gets the greatest ‘multiplier effect’ in reconstruction and rebuilding efforts post-Hurricane Dorian to help minimise the impact of the storm’s devastation, a leading accountant said yesterday.​ Gowon Bowe told Tribune Bus

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Police sergeant saves family, six others from flood water

POLICE Sergeant Dominique McKenzie was not on duty when he sprung into rescue mode, saving not only his family, but six others from an apartment building that was overcome by rising flood water on Monday.

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A rescue, a reunion and a rush to help in Dorian's aftermath

ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — When Hurricane Dorian hit Sylvia Cottis' home at a beach club in the Bahamas, the fearsome Category 5 storm blew out the supposedly hurricane-proof windows, turning the glass into razor-sharp shrapnel that opened a wide gash on her knee.

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'Buddy' donates $100,000 to help Dorian victims

Bahamian athletes have risen to the forefront in galvanising support for the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and its catastrophic effect on the Northwestern Bahamas.Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield donated $100,000 to the cause t

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Connecticut Sun star raising money for her native Bahamas

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones spent a few hours last night playing basketball, the rest of this week her focus has been on family and friends in her native Bahamas and the destruction from Hurricane Dorian. Jones has

EDITORIAL: Hear of looting? Contact authorities

Throughout the past day, we have received reports at The Tribune of looters operating in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Economic Czar

In a previous letter, I indicated that the revival and sustainable growth in the economy is vital to the success or otherwise of the Minnis administration. Job growth and the rapid expansion of the self employed are necessary if the private sector is to thrive. There are no other options.

Fox and Biscuits are No.1 seeds in playoffs

LUCIUS Fox and the Montgomery Biscuits began their Southern League playoff campaign last night as the No.1 overall seed. The Biscuits, North Division champions (88-50), host division runner-ups the Jackson Generals in the best of five semi-finals.

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'Coach Yo' wants to provide mental care for hurricane victims

OLE Miss women’s basketball coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin is using her platform to spearhead her own fundraising effort, with a focus on the mental health of the victims of Hurricane Dorian’s path of destruction. The native Grand Bahamian established a

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No reports of violence against US relief agencies

THERE have been no reports of violence against United States agencies conducting relief efforts in Abaco following Hurricane Dorian, the US Embassy has said.The embassy, on its official Twitter account, said both the United States Coast Guard and Cus

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From car crash to fleeing tornado

THIRTY days after a “tragic” car accident, dietitian Shanishka Cambridge found herself “running from a tornado” in her Marsh Harbour home. In a mad dash for safety, she and her son ran to a closet while her husband pushed against a door to stave off

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Storm survivor: The Lord kept us alive

One elderly evacuee who arrived at Odyssey yesterday told his story of the hell of Dorian. Bob Cornea told reporters: “The experience was terrible, absolutely horrifying. “Well, it was during the storm, the last 24 hours weren’t so bad we were in a

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Exigency order for bottled water, clothes, food, hygiene products

FOR the next 30 days, bottled water, clothing, food for personal consumption and personal hygiene products will be duty and value added tax-free for persons and businesses importing these items as donations to registered charities.This is according t

Florida senators seek US visa waiver for Bahamians

US Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have asked the Trump administration to waive or suspend certain visa requirements for Bahamian storm victims with relatives in the United States. In a letter sent to US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the

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50 cats, 75 dogs survive humane society flooding

AT LEAST 50 cats and 75 dogs have survived after the Grand Bahama Humane Society was flooded by Hurricane Dorian, according to a statement posted on the group’s Facebook page.As Dorian stalled over Grand Bahama for nearly two days and pummelled the i

'Donate more items that can be used right away'

THE New Providence Community Centre is appealing to the public to donate more items that can be used “right away” by those affected by Hurricane Dorian.NPCC is a donation collection point for hurricane relief. Shanelle Johnson, who is working on the

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Prime Minister's brother dies

ONE of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ brothers, Cecil Bosfield, has died. In a statement yesterday, the Free National Movement extended condolences to Dr Minnis, Cyril “Boxer” Minnis, Alberta Hall and their entire family on Bosfield’s death.“We are

MASTERCARD to make $200,000 donation to American Red Cross

MASTERCARD yesterday announced it will make a donation of $200,000 to the American Red Cross and also partner with the organisation, among others, to expand aid delivery to The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. In addition to its donation, Ma

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Bannister: Sufficient building inspectors must be hired

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister said yesterday sufficient building inspectors must be hired to ensure all new buildings meet requisite standards, while lamenting that ‘no building code’ would have provided protection against ‘superstorm’ Hurricane D

Bahamas must 'adapt to survive' natural disasters

THE Bahamas must allocate the necessary time and resources to “adapt to survive” natural disasters according to a local engineer, noting that ‘millions’ will be needed to upgrade the country’s physical and environmental protection. ​ Carlos Palaciou

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No water, no power, no fuel, no communication

NO water, no power, no fuel, and no communication was the critical plight facing hundreds of people across the Abacos yesterday.

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PM: 20 confirmed dead

TWENTY people have been confirmed dead as a result of Hurricane Dorian’s fury, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis last night.

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NAUGHTY'S NFL PICKS: WEEK 1

NAUGHTY: Tribune/KISS 96FM BEARS JETS BROWNS RAVENS CHIEFS EAGLES VIKINGS RAMS COLTS SEAHAWKS COWBOYS LIONS 49ers STEELERS SAINTS RAIDERS CLINT J: Vortex Quantity Surveyors and Project Management BEARS RAVENS JETS BROWNS CHI

Wednesday, September 4

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HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATES: PM says 20 deaths confirmed

Wednesday's news from Abaco and Grand Bahama.

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09042019 EDITION

Wednesday, 4th September, 2019.

Royal Navy delivers aid to Great Abaco

A ROYAL Navy vessel has delivered its first batch of aid to residents of Great Abaco. Other aid has poured in as well, with the United Nations announcing yesterday an initial allocation of $1m for storm relief. The RFA Mounts Bay, a Landing Ship Do

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Dorian: Economy bound to take ‘negative hit’ on GDP

Hurricane Dorian will have a significant ‘negative impact’ to this nation’s fiscal position, with GDP to take a significant negative ‘hit’ due to the need for massive infrastructural spend.​

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Marinas were prepared - but not for something like this

MARINAS in the path of Hurricane Dorain were as a prepared as they could be however Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) executive director Basil Smith noted the storm’s fury could not have been anticipated.​​

Abaco Business Outlook postponed

The 16th annual Abaco Business Outlook slated for this Thursday has been postponed due to the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, its organisers said yesterday.

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Cruise lines remain committed to major projects

Two major cruise lines yesterday​​ spoke out to reassure The Bahamas they remained committed to major projects in the islands.

Central Bank announces 'temporary relaxation' of lending guidelines to domestic banks

THE CENTRAL Bank yesterday announced the temporary relaxation of lending guidelines to domestic banks to facilitate access to credit by households and businesses on islands ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.​

BOC opens relief drive for Hurricane Dorian victims

As the leading sporting organisation in the country, the Bahamas Olympic Committee is doing its part to assist in the restoration of the lives of those Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian in Grand Bahama and Abaco. BOC secretary general Derron Do

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Jonquel Jones: Dorian 'has definitely broken my heart'

SMACK in the middle of what has been her best season so far in the Women’s National Basketball Association, Connecticut Sun centre Jonquel ‘JJ’ Jones said she’s heartbroken about the developments of Hurricane Dorian in Abaco and Grand Bahama.The Gran

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'There's nothing left' say saved US siblings

AFTER spending just over two days in a concrete room with no roof as Hurricane Dorian raged through Abaco, a group of storm-weathered American tourists told The Tribune “there’s nothing left”. Texan siblings Bryan and Heather Lee, and their friend J

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20 evacuated to Princess Margaret Hospital

MORE than 20 people were evacuated from Abaco and brought to Princess Margaret Hospital in New Providence with wide ranging injuries following Hurricane Dorian’s passage. While Health Minister Dr Duane Sands initially placed the number at 21, the Pu

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$1m each from Disney and Royal Caribbean to help

THE Bahamas’ relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian have received a $2m injection courtesy of a leading cruise line and a worldwide family-entertainment juggernaut.The Walt Disney Company and Royal Caribbean International (R

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PM cautions nation to expect more deaths

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday cautioned the nation to expect more deaths as officials begin assessments of Hurricane Dorian’s wrath, which was described as the greatest national crisis in the country’s history.

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Dramatic video shows family abandoning home

DRAMATIC video was posted to social media showing local photographer Tim Aylen and his family abandoning their home in Arden Forest, Grand Bahama, yesterday, evacuating in raging chest high water to get to safety.

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Boy’s last words: ‘Grammy, I love you’

A GRANDMOTHER’S worst nightmare has become a reality for Ingrid McIntosh after she was made aware of her eight-year-old grandson’s reported drowning during Hurricane Dorian in Abaco.

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'Total devastation' in Abaco

RESCUE and aid groups that flew over Abaco yesterday described the island as being in complete ruin.

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Boy feared lost rescued as he sat in tree waiting

A LITTLE boy feared lost in the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian in Abaco was found sitting on a tree, according to an update from his father. A post from Mack Altidor on Facebook said his son Brenden Dion Altidor was found by an unnamed man

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Fisherman tells how wife drowned as home flooded

A CRAB fisherman from East Grand Bahama said he could not save his wife from drowning as a powerful storm surge from Hurricane Dorian flooded their home. Howard Armstrong said he was able to swim out of his flooded home to his boat and make it to sa

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Davis: Provide debt relief for victims of hurricane

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis has appealed to those in the commercial sector to provide a minimum of 60 days debt relief to storm victims following the passage of Hurricane Dorian.He added this should include temporary relief from mortgage p

Latoy Williams rides out hurricane in attic

IT was probably quarter-miler LaToy Williams’ worst nightmare as he was forced to ride out most of the passage of Hurricane Dorian in his uncle’s attic - in the home of island administrator Don Cornish - on Grand Bahama. Said Williams, a former memb

Tuesday, September 3

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HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATES: Seven fatalities confirmed, more deaths expected

Tuesday’s news from Abaco and Grand Bahama.

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09032019 EDITION

Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019.

FACE TO FACE: Marilyn’s moving and shaking with Houston’s elite - but never forgets her roots

Bahamians all around the globe stared at their mobile phones in despair this weekend and into today as they saw videos and photographs of the destruction Hurricane Dorian wreaked on this country as it dragged across the northern islands.

EDITORIAL: In the face of the worst, we show our best

AS we write this, Grand Bahama is facing the worst possible scenario.

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Five dead in Abaco

FIVE people have been confirmed dead on Abaco in the aftermath of destructive Hurricane Dorian, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis confirmed yesterday.

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Finding a healthy way to deal with stress

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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All you need to know about the male menopause

Andropause, male menopause, is a real health condition that thousands of Bahamian men, like their counterparts worldwide, often suffer unknowingly.

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‘Give women dignity’ during hurricane relief efforts

Feminine hygiene products drive today at Elizabeth Estates Library

Though the extent of devastation and the number of people displaced has yet to be determined, private citizens are already organising fundraising initiatives to bring immediate relief to those impacted by the catastrophic Hurricane Dorian.

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IAAF Worlds: 'Smallest' Team Bahamas to compete

With the deadline closing on Friday for athletes and teams to qualify for the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Championships, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations will have its smallest team, minus relay squads, to repres

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'Nowhere is safe'

“NOWHERE IS SAFE,” is how one Grand Bahama woman described the impact of Hurricane Dorian as it mercilessly battered her beloved island for hours on Monday. Her words were amplified by countless social media posts written by people frantically searc

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A voice of the future

Young Naomi Zamy’s vocal talents have captured the attention of the UK-registered indie record company Savage 100. To show their appreciation, the music label is giving the seventh grader a full scholarship to attend the Bahamas’ new Boost Academy fo

Reckley on the Perfect Game roster

RYAN Reckley received the opportunity to showcase his skills against the top players in his class across the United States. He was named to the roster of the Perfect Game 14-U Select Baseball Festival hosted last weekend at the Jet Blue Park Player

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Moss, Bannister and Rangers win Arizona League championship title

KEITHRON Moss and Zion Bannister concluded their seasons at the rookie level with an Arizona League championship title. The AZL Rangers concluded the series sweep over the AZL Indians Blue 7-2 Saturday night in Surprise, Arizona. Moss finished 1-4

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'I looked outside and it looked like a sea at the front of my door'

SCORES of Bahamians flocked to the Kendal G L Isaacs National Gymnasium on Sunday night when Hurricane Dorian flooded their homes. The Tribune visited the New Providence gymnasium yesterday morning to find that most of the residents had already left

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Residents turn to social media to find loved ones

FRIENDS and family members took to social media in a desperate attempt to locate scores of loved ones from Abaco who were displaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Ever since the monster storm battered the northeastern island with its 180 mph

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Rescue teams move residents as shelters compromised

SEVERAL shelters in Grand Bahama were compromised and taking on water as rescue teams on the island mobilised to relocate residents to safer locations, according to State Minister for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson yesterday. Giving a live update on ZN

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Looters target businesses during storm

AS Hurricane Dorian ravaged the northwest islands and caused severe rain and flooding in New Providence, looters “used the opportunity” provided by the severe conditions to break into businesses on the island, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson

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World famous chef ready to support hurricane zone

CELEBRITY chef José Andrés met with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and government officials yesterday morning with plans to provide water and freshly cooked meals to victims of Hurricane Dorian.Chef Andrés is founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-

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BPL works to restore power in New Providence blackout

ABOUT 30 percent of New Providence had power restored by 6pm last night following an island-wide blackout early Monday, according to Minister of Works Desmond Bannister. At a press conference, he explained that water likely impacted an engine at sub-

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Dorian hits Grand Bahama – 'We are truly in dire straits'

“WE are truly in dire straits,” exclaimed Agriculture Minister Michael Pintard as he and his family watched water gush into their two-storey home in East Grand Bahama.

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US Coast Guard airlifting injured out of Abaco

THE US Coast Guard started airlifting people in need of urgent medical care out of Abaco yesterday.

Monday, September 2

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09022019 NEWS

Monday, 2nd September, 2019.

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INSIGHT: Juggling problems but BPL has to remain the priority

AFTER months of inaction on the country’s power generation challenges, the government’s recent focus on remediating the crisis has been welcome. Proclamations by the nation’s top brass - first the prime minister, and more recently, the deputy prime minister – while not completely making amends after months of nearly daily power cuts, have certainly been better than complete silence.

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Organisations ready to reach out in support

NON-PROFIT organisations have mobilised to assist residents following the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which churned over Abaco and Grand Bahama yesterday. In an interview with The Tribune, Director General of Bahamas Red Cross Caroline Turnquest s

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D'Aguilar fears blow to tourism from hurricane

THE government’s forecast of a record-breaking year for tourism performance could be disrupted thanks to Hurricane Dorian.According to Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday, although the dangerous storm would have largely affected Grand Baham

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Cooper urges caution over deficit claims

THE Opposition has pushed back against the government’s touted success over hitting its fiscal deficit targets, suggesting it was too early to start ‘popping the champagne’.​Chester Cooper, the Opposition’s Shadow Finance Minister said in a statement

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Several shelters in Grand Bahama taking on water

SEVERAL shelters in Grand Bahama have been compromised and are taking on water as rescue teams on the island mobilise to relocate residents to safer locations, according to Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson on Monday.

Corporations replacing nation states?

The state has the right to exist when individuals are willing to sacrifice their own interests for the community it represents, according to Ernest Renan, a French philosopher.

KYC compliance

In reference to the ever increasing burden of compliance in the name of Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Proliferation of Terrorism on the Bahamian people.

Smith appeal is flogging a dead horse

As a trained lawyer with extensive experience at the criminal defense Bar back in the day, I was astounded to hear and read that the Crown will be seeking leave from the Court of Appeal to appeal against its recent decision relative to Frank Smith, former PLP member for Ann’s Town, now renamed Free Town, wherein the panel upheld the prior ruling made by the Chief Magistrate.

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Schools stay closed

PUBLIC schools in the central and northwestern Bahamas will be closed until further notice. Education Minister Jeff Lloyd said these will include: New Providence, Andros, Eleuthera, Abaco and the surrounding cays, Grand Bahama and the surrounding te

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'Crazy' to stay in low-lying areas in Grand Bahama

MANY residents in flood prone low-lying areas of Grand Bahama heeded the evacuation order to leave, especially those in East Grand Bahama, Queen’s Cove in the north, and West Grand Bahama, which were expected to be affected by powerful storm surges f

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As storm drew near, police left to probe two murders

AS the northwest Bahamas prepared for Hurricane Dorian’s arrival, police in New Providence were investigating two separate murders that occurred on Friday.The first homicide was the result of a man being stabbed about the body, police said.According

China exports drive record crawfish prices

BAHAMIAN fishermen are reaping “the highest price ever” for crawfish at the outset of the 2019/2020 season, with Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance (BCFA) vice-president Keith Carroll telling Tribune Business that increased access to foreign markets

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Business braces to count the cost of Dorian

THE business community is in a ‘heightened’ state of concern over the potential affect of Hurricane Dorian according to Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) chief executive Jeffrey Beckles, noting that, “hurricanes are a pa

Public purse subsidies soar by $65 million

SUBSIDIES to Government owned and or controlled entities which provide services to the public rose by $64.9m to $392.7m according to the Ministry of Finance’s fourth quarter fiscal snapshot and report on budgetary performance for the fiscal year 2018

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MONSTER: Abaco devastated by Hurricane Dorian

ANGRY and brutal Hurricane Dorian left only devastation in its wake, snapping utility poles, overturning vehicles and tearing entire communities apart, ultimately disintegrating life for Abaco residents.

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Sydney Clarke falls short of winning singles title

SYDNEY Clarke ended her International Tennis Federation Summer Tour falling short of winning her first singles title and another doubles crown.

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Zane Knowles set to play professional basketball in Greece

ZANE Knowles is headed to Greece for the latest stop on his pro basketball journey. Knowles agreed to terms with PAOK Thessaloniki in the Greek A1 Basketball League, the first tier level in the country. It consists of 14 teams and runs from October

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Two-sport star? Deyton Albury makes debut on the gridiron

DEYTON Albury is known for putting up big numbers on the basketball court. But he may be a two-sport star on the rise after his debut on the gridiron. Albury returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, rushed for 120 yards and another to

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IAAF Worlds: No qualifiers at 'last chance meet'

There were no qualifying performances and only a handful of Bahamians who participated in the Blue Marlins’ Last Chance Meet on Saturday at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.The best shot of any of the Bahamians attempting to qualify for

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Women's national softball team finishes 10th overall

THE Bahamas women’s national softball team suffered another humiliating defeat, getting shutout 16-0 by the Dominican Republic to finish in 10th place in the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier in Surrey, Canada. The Bahamas ended up in fifth place in

Ferguson and the Bearcats top Bruins in season opener

CHRIS Ferguson and the Cincinnati Bearcats began the 2019 campaign on a high note and topped UCLA Bruins in the season opener for the second consecutive year. The Bearcats defeated the Bruins 24-14 Saturday night at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Oh

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PM: Mandatory evacuation legislation is a priority

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis defended his administration’s stalled pace on promised mandatory evacuation legislation, telling reporters yesterday that no one could have anticipated monster storm Hurricane Dorian.

Sunday, September 1

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Sunday’s live updates: Dorian over Grand Bahama after devastating Abaco

The news from Abaco and Grand Bahama.

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Man dies after being hit by car near Harbour Bay

A MALE pedestrian died after he was hit by a car on East Bay Street and catapulted over a wall near the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre.

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Storm projected to cost nation $8.1 billion

PRE-STORM impact data analysis put the country’s capital exposure from Hurricane Dorian at $8.1 billion with a projected impact to more than 70,000 Bahamians.

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Emotional PM pleads with residents in Grand Bahama to leave high-risk zones

“MAY God bless us all,” said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on Sunday as monster Category 5 storm Dorian churns through the northwestern Bahamas.