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Thursday, April 30

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04302020 EDITION

Thursday, 30th April, 2020.

EDITORIAL: Safety first when it comes to keeping virus out of prison

IS enough being done to stop the spread of the coronavirus in The Bahamas?

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STATESIDE: Which way to go to bring life back to normal?

It’s called the Gadsden flag. You’ve probably seen it. It usually has a mustard yellow background and features a coiled timber rattlesnake, poised to strike like a cobra. Below the snake are these four words: Don’t Tread on Me.

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COVID-19: One newly confirmed case; Americans allowed entry were test kit donors

At Thursday’s press conference, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands announced one newly confirmed case of COVID-19 in The Bahamas. This latest case is a 29-year-old woman from New Providence, who is currently in isolation at home. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 81.

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US funding cut to WHO may cause problems

THE United States’ decision to withdraw funding from the World Health Organization will have a potential impact locally, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump announced a halt to WHO funding, ac

Melinda keeps helping residents in Abaco

DESPITE having lost everything to Hurricane Dorian in early September, Abaco resident Melinda Pinder has never backed down when it comes to helping those in need within her community. The mother-of-two, who is no stranger to charity work, had been a

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BPL SkyGUARD Thunderstorm Warning (4PM-5.20PM)

STARTS: 04/30/2020 04:00 PM EDT EXPIRES: 04/26/2020 5:20 PM EDT

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Bahamas ranks 60th on UN preparedness list

THE Bahamas ranks 60th in the world in preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the United Nations Development Programme. The UNDP has explored countries’ readiness in terms of overall human development, inequality, doctors per 10,000 pe

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FRONT PORCH: We see the shallow critics carping from the sidelines - why don’t they serve?

US President Theodore Roosevelt  was a militarist and adventurist who used the bullying might of the American Colossus to advance his country’s imperialist stratagems in Latin and Central America.

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Water Corp’s ‘intolerable’ woe eased in $69m save

The Water & Sewerage Corporation is facing a greater-than 60 percent revenue slump just after being rescued from an “intolerable/emergency-like situation”, it was revealed yesterday.

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Auto dealer: 'We cannot go another month'

The auto industry “definitely cannot go another month” under the current lockdown conditions imposed on it, one dealer said yesterday, adding: “We cannot let the economy die.” Ben Albury, Bahamas Bus and Truck’s general manager, told Tribune Busines

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'Failure to test is crippling economy'

The failure to aggressively ramp-up COVID-19 testing “is crippling the Bahamian economy” and its recovery prospects, a former Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) attorney warned yesterday.Carey Leonard told Tribune Business that The Bahamas will “not

Retailer's 'hard call' over Mall departure

A Bahamian retailer yesterday said it had made “the hard call” to end its 30-year presence at the Mall at Marathon after being placed “in an impossible position” by its landlord during lease renewal talks. Egan Kemp, president of Eunison Company, th

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Central Bank halts Canadian bank dividends

The Central Bank of The Bahamas has suspended the granting of all exchange control approvals for the payment of dividends by the Canadian-owned commercial banks to their foreign parent.The move, which took “immediate effect” from March, will impact R

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‘Desperate’ inmates warn anger’s rising

INMATES at Bahamas Department of Correctional Services have claimed conditions at the facility are “desperate” as they fear not enough is being done to protect them from contracting COVID-19.

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‘Promotions give me manpower we need’

NEW Police Commissioner Paul Rolle has defended the promotion of 68 senior officers this week, telling The Tribune his decision was part of a succession plan to have the best officers in place long after he retires in May 2023.

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Three rays of hope amid the gloom

DESPITE thousands of people laid off and the economy at a near standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, some local businesswomen have found ways to adapt to the crisis. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Bolera Glinton, of BGG Wo

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Man sent to jail for posting explicit video of his ex-girlfriend

A 23-year-old man was sentenced to six months in prison for posting a sexual video of his ex-girlfriend on social media. The man appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with intentional libel after he published a sexual video of his former

Watching Moultrie assassinate democracy

The Bahamas and indeed the world watched in horror while the inept speaker of the House of Assembly of the Bahamas, Halston Moultrie scuttled what we know to be the Halls of Parliament, where laws are made in the best interest of all Bahamians.

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Shalonda Neely signs up with Flash Agency

Bahamian national team standout and former Jacksonville Dolphins women’s basketball player Shalonda Neely looks to make the transition to the pro ranks.

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Williams: 'We basically stay at home every day'

ALTHOUGH they are under strict curfew laws in the Philippines because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bahamian Rashield Williams said he feel safe as he continue his journey to becoming one of the top professional super lightweight boxers in the world.

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THE PRESS BOX: My Cowboys crushed NFL virtual draft

THE 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and my Dallas Cowboys crushed it!

Are congregants ready to go back to church?

The members of various church congregations are divided on whether services should resume after the Bahamas Christian Council announced a proposal they are making to the government for churches to reopen, albeit with strict social distancing policies.

God knows best

There are those moments when one becomes anxious and overwhelmed by the pressures and realities of life. Unexpected events can disrupt the most promising plans and create havoc in one's life. However, we should remain focused on God and our relationship with Him. If one does not know God, this becomes the time to do so. It is important to cast all of one's anxieties on God because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)

Overcoming the spirit of the fear

As a result of the current coronavirus outbreak many people are finding themselves affected by the spirit of fear and anxiety as this deadly virus continues to impact nations around the world.

Lord, not one more dish!

During this quarantine, I (and other like-minded individuals) have found ways to maintain a positive frame of mind.

Health and spirituality Part II: Christ’s formula for optimal health

John 5:2-8 (KJV): “Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”

Meditation: Trying to be accountable

Each one of us needs to be accountable as an individual and as a member of the wider society. We have a responsibility to look out for our own families and those of others. We are required to balance the important aspects of christian life: worship, private prayer, communal bible study, family, friends, theological and ethical reflection and ministry, including what may be perceived as political action.

United Worship Experiences prepares Bahamians to ‘Come Alive’ again after lockdown

As the saying goes, ‘the show must go on’. Andit is one the members of the United Worship Experiences are taking to heart. This week, they hosted a virtual worshipper’s retreat under the theme “Come Alive”.

'Critical' to extend Dorian tax breaks

Abaco’s Chamber of Commerce president yesterday said it was “absolutely critical” for the government to extend the Hurricane Dorian tax breaks due to expire on June 30. Ken Hutton told Tribune Business : It is critical we extend it. Absolutely criti

Royal Caribbean targets June for cruise re-start

Royal Caribbean yesterday became the latest cruise line to target a mid-June restart despite no indication being given as to when The Bahamas’ borders will re-open. The cruise industry giant updated its website to state it has pushed back the target

Blanco hopes sanitiser available in-store today

A Bahamian manufacturer is hoping its newly-produced hand sanitizer will be available to consumers either today or Friday through the major food stores. Roman Knowles, Blanco Bleach’s sales manager, said yesterday: “We are currently distributing to

ART OF GRAPHIX: Internet cookies are a 'double-edged sword'

Whether you are just a casual Internet user or make a living as a web developer, there are certain things about HTTP cookies that everyone should know, such as their purpose and its privacy. If you have used a web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Int

Airbnb: Vacation rental bookings remain strong

Airbnb will in May launch an initiative designed to give hosts educational information and two options for providing guests with accommodation according to improved health and cleaning measures. The vacation rental platform said these standards were

Food retailers fear May sales plunge

Bahamian food retailers yesterday said they fear May sales will drop as temporarily laid-off persons and others run out of savings and other income that has sustained demand to-date. Bradley Rolle, Centreville Food Market’s general manager, told Tri

GB Utility makes progress on restoring water supply

Grand Bahama’s water supplier has provided several communities with a timely “shot in the arm” by restoring services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC) confirmed that it has restored potable water supplies to Lewis Yard, M

Wednesday, April 29

Sands leads drive for blood donors

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands was among scores of people who donated blood yesterday at Princess Margaret Hospital’s National Blood Drive. The event, held at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium, was expected to draw about 100 people. Dr Sands s

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Day three with no new cases

DESPITE increased testing for COVID-19, the country has not recorded new cases of the disease for three days in a row.

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04292020 EDITION

Wednesday, 29th April, 2020.

EDITORIAL: Where is the police transparency?

WHAT is going on in the Royal Bahamas Police Force?

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ALICIA WALLACE: Towards a new horizon? Not with the same old names writing the script

The optimistic among us believe we may be moving toward more participatory governance. It is possible there will be more opportunities for citizens to more directly engage in decision-making processes.

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Row at PMH after patients are asked to take off shoes

A ROW erupted in Princess Margaret Hospital’s Dialysis Unit recently, when, in what he says was a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Dr Frederick Smith asked that all patients remove their shoes or not receive treatment.

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Govt examining quarantine options for those returning

THE government is looking at several housing options in which to quarantine Bahamians who return home after being stuck abroad amid the COVID-19 crisis, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands. His comments came after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Mi

'Several factors will dictate pace the economy will reopen'

THE pace at which the Bahamas should reopen its economy will depend on several factors including how effectively officials control COVID-19 cases in isolation and transmission among at-risk populations, an international health emergency official said

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Return of cruise ships still undecided - Wells

MINISTER of Transport Renward Wells said yesterday that while the government is still discussing when commercial cruise ships will be allowed entry into the country, “it’s not going to happen” until the country’s economy has been re-opened.

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People need work history for benefits

AMID complaints that some major employers have not been paying National Insurance Board payments despite deducting contributions from staff pay, an NIB official said workers can still get benefits once they prove work history. Pandora Butler, senior

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Turnquest clarifies remarks on spending

FINANCE Minister Peter Turnquest yesterday clarified recent remarks he made on a local talk show, saying it was not his intent to tell people how to spend their money but to only give Bahamians sound “financial advice” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He

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Fear virus may derail cruise port investors

A Cabinet minister is voicing fears that the COVID-19 pandemic may have derailed ambitions to give 20,000-plus Bahamians an ownership stake in the new $250m Nassau Cruise Port. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Busin

Retailer hits out on lockdown 'inequity'

A Bahamian shoe retailer yesterday warned the government’s lockdown is creating “unfairness and inequity” in the sector by enabling “essential” firms to sell the same products closed rivals cannot.Egan Kemp, president of Eunison Company, the Shoe Dep

Insurer issues profits warning over COVID-19

Colina Holdings (Bahamas) has become the first BISX-listed company to issue a 2020 profits warning due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact. The parent of Colina Insurance Company, the life and health underwriter, told shareholders in footnotes to its

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Super Value: March VAT 'highest ever'

Super Value’s president yesterday said its March VAT return was the “highest ever” after COVID-19 shoppers drove a 36 percent increase in store sales and even greater warehouse output.Rupert Roberts told Tribune Business that the 13-store supermarket

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Auto insurance: 'Stop talking and let's get it done'

A leading Bahamian insurer says the industry and government must “stop talking and do it” over plans for vehicle insurance polices to be electronically uploaded into Road Traffic’s system. Anton Saunders, RoyalStar Assurance’s managing director, tol

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Customs raid on Ash bar

CUSTOMS officers raided Made Men Bar Sports Bar yesterday and seized bottles of allegedly undeclared liquor from the establishment.

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Rand’s Dorian damage repairs start again

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday expressed empathy for health professionals at Rand Memorial Hospital and their concerns regarding the suitability of the field tent hospital which is temporarily housing patients.

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Plight of COVID's domestic violence victims

IN one week, a local outreach group has come to the aid of six women, all victims of domestic violence.

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Health staff test results indicate all clear so far

MORE than 50 percent of the tests conducted on vulnerable healthcare workers last week have yielded negative results for COVID-19, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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68 more promotions for senior officers: Cop at centre of Shane Gibson trial controversy moves to higher rank

NEARLY 70 Royal Bahamas Police Force officers were promoted to Chief Superintendent and Superintendent yesterday, in an exercise that is backdated to take effect from January 1.

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Police charge 13 after beach party

POLICE have charged 13 people on Exuma with breaking the government’s 24-hour curfew to host a beach party.

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Jamaican woman caught illegally selling alcohol

A JAMAICAN woman who claimed she was illegally selling alcohol out of her home to help make ends meet was fined $1,100 yesterday.

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$700 fine for shouting outside US Embassy

A MAN who police said was arrested after he was found shouting outside the US Embassy was fined $700 yesterday for violating the national curfew.

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Two charged in separate drugs incidents

TWO men were charged with drug possession in separate incidents in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Carlin Smith, 26, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was found with Indian Hemp and methylenedioxyamphetamine on April 24. He pleade

Who knows where the future will take us . . .

I was saddened to read in The Tribune the article about a newly emergent marine epidemic that in the past five months has spread rapidly over 20 percent of the coral reefs in Grand Bahama’s national parks. Apparently, there is no cure.

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Sandman ‘still training’

Amron ‘Sandman’ Sands was hoping that this would have been the year that he made his breakthrough as a professional heavyweight fighter until the COVID-19 pandemic knocked him off stride.

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Stingers players in move to the next level

THE Sunland Stingers senior boys’ basketball programme had a season of milestones and has now produced a trio of players that will continue their careers at the next level.

‘Being active also helps me to cope with stress’

FED Cup 2020 was set for June in Panama City, Panama. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ITF has postponed this event and a new date is yet to be determined.

Bridging digital divide in world's new reality

In an address to the nation on COVID-19, the Prime Minister said: “Innovation and trying new things are an essential part of what we must do at this time.” This statement was followed by Dr Hubert Minnis encouraging Bahamians to continue creating mor

Protective barriers keep plastics producer busy

A Bahamian manufacturer says it has been kept “pretty busy” by the demand from essential businesses for COVID-19 protective barriers to safeguard cashiers and other staff. Matthew Lawrence, Nassau Plastics’ production manager, told Tribune Business

Poultry producer: Keep egg-laying chicks away

The Bahamas’ largest poultry producer has no interest in the 7,000 layer birds being purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture because they cannot be placed together with meat producing chickens. Lance Pinder, Abaco Big Bird Poultry Farm’s operations

Tuesday, April 28

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04282020 EDITION

Tuesday, 28th April, 2020.

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Skin care during lockdown

We are living during challenging times for the skin. Such times require unique and desperate measures. What can you do for your skin during isolation? Well, you need to be prepared to do some simple at-home measures to assist your skin.

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Low testosterone

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

Mothers and single women learn harsh financial lessons during lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected just about every individual in the world to varying degrees when it comes to finances.

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LIFE LINES: Finding inspiration

Last week I saw a post on Facebook from someone which said: “I don’t want to see any more motivational posts.”

Families that exercise together build stronger bonds

New challenge seeks to crown ‘Evolve Fitness Family’

The team at Evolve Functional Fitness has put out a call for 20 or more families to participate in a new at-home fitness challenge.

Personal trainer teams up with brewery company to promote at-home fitness

THE gyms are closed, restrictions are placed on exercising outdoors, and the country will be under a nationwide lockdown until at least May 30. As a result, many are left to figure out creative ways to exercise at home.

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Chelsea to the rescue!

‘The Creative Business Strategist’ helps Bahamians launch new ventures during quarantine

For seven days straight, local business strategist Chelsea Johnson invited people “to pick her brain” and tune into a live Facebook stream to learn about valuable tips, tools and resources to help them grow their craft or business venture even during the current quarantine.

EDITORIAL: The high price you risk for breaking quarantine

IF people weren’t taking the risks involved with breaking quarantine seriously beforehand, then yesterday’s introduction of a hefty possible punishment ought to focus the mind.

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PETER YOUNG: Word on the street (when we’re allowed out) is things need to ease up

AS the nightmare of the extended lockdown now continues for another month it is amazing to watch - not least in the US and UK - how know-alls purporting to be experts attack their own governments when, more often than not, they have no relevant professional qualifications and little understanding of the pressures facing ministers.

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FACE TO FACE: Rhonda’s standing tall on the shoulders of a woman who pointed the way

While schools throughout the country have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown by moving their classes online, one school has found that years of providing an online learning experience for its students is paying off.

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Struggling to survive as slowdown in economy bites

WITH her son cradled in her arms, unemployed single mother Orytha Ingrahm was awaiting food assistance from the Department of Social Services at Baillou Hill Road yesterday. The 25-year-old was among several people outside the department looking for

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Wells: Drivers with expired licences will not be penalised

TRANSPORT Minister Renward Wells said yesterday any driver with a licence that expired during the COVID-19 state of emergency will not be penalised.

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UPDATED: Davis ejected from House for 'disrespect'

OFFICIAL opposition leader Philip "Brave" Davis was kicked out of the House of Assembly on Monday afternoon by Speaker Halson Moultrie.

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Spending 'explosion' with SOE losses squeeze govt

Mounting losses at troubled state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are squeezing the government amid “exploding” welfare demands, a Cabinet minister adding: “All arrows are pointing the wrong way.” Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told

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Ramp-up COVID-19 testing to stop 'economic damage'

The Bahamas is in danger of “doing considerably more damage to the economy than it needs to” unless COVID-19 testing is massively ramped-up, a well-known businessman warned yesterday.Robert Myers told Tribune Business that the government was locking

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Port's confidence boost in COVID-19 'darkest stages'

The Downtown Nassau Partnership’s (DNP) co-chair yesterday said the $250m cruise port developer’s decision to push ahead will provide a major confidence boost in “the darkest stages” of COVID-19.Charles Klonaris told Tribune Business that despite the

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PM: 'No timetable' for phased re-open

The prime minister yesterday declined to give timelines for re-opening the Bahamian economy as he unveiled a six-phase strategy for achieving this objective. Dr Hubert Minnis, in unveiling the staged approach recommended by the National COVID-19 co-

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Heart doctor heads to Privy Council on RoyalFidelity claim

A top Bahamian heart doctor has been given conditional leave to appeal to the Privy Council in his dispute with a local merchant bank over a margin loan. The Court of Appeal granted Dr Conville Brown permission to take his case to the highest court

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PM paints roadmap back to normality but warns: Read my lips - don’t break quarantine

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday revealed the government plans to use technology to track people in quarantine and to impose severe punishment on those breaking isolation rules. In a wide-ranging speech in the assembly he also outlined steps to gradually reopen the country and to bring home Bahamians stuck abroad.

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‘We’ve flattened the curve’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said officials have managed to “flatten the curve” by having a maximum of six COVID-19 cases on any given day, but this does not mean the nation is out of the woods.

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Rent scheme’s 40% deferral

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced long-awaited details of his rental assistance programme yesterday, revealing an initiative that will be based on deferrals and will apply only to residential rentals.

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Burger king ‘killer’ wins appeal

A MAN who faced life in prison for murdering a fast food restaurant manager in 2009 had his conviction overturned yesterday by the Privy Council because he did not have an attorney during his trial. The matter has been sent back to the Court of Appeal, which will determine if there should be a retrial.

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Man fined $500 for helping out his great grandfather

A man who claimed he violated the weekend lockdown because he had to get water to clean his great grandfather’s bathroom floor was fined $500 yesterday. He was among several people who appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes for curfew and lockdown

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Man given bail over shooting incident

A MAN accused of assisting a suspect in connection with a shooting incident was arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Darius Johnson, 23, of Woods Roger Drive appeared before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson, where he was charged with ac

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Sexual assault charge

A 34-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations he sexually assaulted a minor last month. Peterson Louis appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse after he was accu

Police chief tweaks operation in Grand Bahama

ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Ashton Greenslade has “tweaked” the policing operation in Grand Bahama by utilizing additional resources to curtail criminal activity. As a result of the moves 20 people were arrested over the weekend for various off

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‘Extra special’ father-son combo

Very seldom do you hear about a father-son combination excelling in sports, whether it’s at the local or professional level. The sport of football is one of those rare ones and to have a duo accomplish that feat from the Bahamas is extra special.

We're all in the same boat

No pandemic is ever a good one so to speak but they tend to bring out the best in most people. It has been no different in our wonderful nation even though we face unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 and what I am sure will be debilitating after effects. I am not one, however, to engage, excessively, in doom and gloom theatrics.

Pandemic drives growing estate planning interest

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked increased interest in estate planning among Bahamians, a long-serving trust professional says. Dianne Bingham, Leno Trust’s managing director, said she is receiving a record number of inquiries from persons “wanting

Contractors 'disappointed' not on recovery committee

The Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) yesterday said it was “disappointed” that itself and the construction industry are not represented on the Prime Minister’s Economic Recovery Committee. Michael Pratt, the BCA’s president, told Tribune Busin

NIB: 20k jobless claims processed

The National Insurance Board (NIB) has paid out $16m in benefits, and processed more than 20,000 unemployment benefit claims, during the first month of the COVID-19 lockdown.Brensil Rolle, minister of the public service and national insurance, told t

Scotiabank reiterates warning on fraudsters

Scotiabank (Bahamas) yesterday repeated warnings that fraudsters are trying to deceive customer into parting with their private financial information. The bank again said it had received reports of customers receiving phone calls and text messages c

Govt in $455k packing house upgrade project

The government will spend $455,000 to renovate Family Island packing houses in an initiative set to start on May 1, a Cabinet minister said yesterday. Michael Pintard, minister for agriculture and marine resources, told the House of Assembly: “The l

Monday, April 27

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04272020 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Monday, April 27th, 2020.

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04272020 EDITION

Monday, 27th April, 2020.

INSIGHT – Q&A: Coping during the COVID-19 crisis

Surveys conducted in the British public in recent months confirmed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health will be staggering. The public is anxious and fearful. This article addresses some common questions the public may have in how to cope with the uncertainties and restrictions associated with the pandemic.

EDITORIAL: No letting up on emergency measures now

Another month of emergency measures.

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INSIGHT: We must do everything we can for ALL of those on the frontline in this battle

IF you heard last week’s announcement of 200 healthcare workers from Princess Margaret Hospital and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre being placed in quarantine and the hairs on the back of your neck did not stand up, you aren’t considering the long-term sustainability of the healthcare system.

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INSIGHT: So what happened to Luann Joaquim?

WHAT seemed to be a routine ride home resulted in total tragedy and unanswered questions for the family of Luann Joaquim.

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I love my new dome home, says Dorian survivor

DORIAN survivor Uriel Delancey can feel his life returning to some sort of normalcy now he’s living “comfortably” in one of the government’s temporary housing domes along with his wife. The 54-year-old Spring City resident was left displaced after H

Students set to get food vouchers

FOOD vouchers for students enrolled in the National School Lunch Programme in New Providence will be issued tomorrow and Wednesday from 9am – 3pm. The vouchers for pre and primary school students can be collected at their respective schools. Vouche

Some homes for elderly running low on supplies

SUPPLIES are running short at some elderly homes and for charity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Minnis grants lawyers further exemptions

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has granted further exemptions to lawyers seeking to do business during the COVID-19 shutdown. According to a list of exempted businesses and undertakings dated April 24, lawyers are now exempted if they are “required

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Cruise port eyes $150m bond despite shutdown

Nassau cruise port’s developer is aiming to raise up to $150m in bond financing next month to kick-start construction work amid the industry’s global shutdown. Mehmet Kutman, chairman of Global Ports Holding, confirmed to analysts in a recent confer

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Bahamians raiding pensions for funds

An investment banker has cautioned Bahamians against using pension monies and retirement savings as emergency funding to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic.

Freeport ‘the only fiscal and economic saviour’

A prominent Freeport attorney is today urging the government to “save” the city and itself by allocating $70m from any post-COVID-19 stimulus spending to Grand Bahama International Airport’s rebuild.

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UPDATED: PM tables emergency powers extension, gives latest on COVID-19

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has tabled a resolution in Parliament to extend the COVID-19 emergency powers until May 30th.

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Boatman killed in landing accident

EXUMA police are investigating a boating accident which left a man dead on Saturday. According to police shortly before 7pm, a 44-year-old man was running his 15-ft Boston Whaler in the vicinity of Exuma Point, Rolleville when he was thrown from the boat and hit by the propeller.

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Galleria’s boss told: ‘hand over royalties’

Galleria Cinemas' principal has been ordered to pay "all outstanding royalty fees" over a failed restaurant venture that a Supreme Court judge branded "an abject failure" and "a bust".

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Storm knocks power out for hundreds

A LIGHTNING storm forced Bahamas Power and Light to leave customers across New Providence without power for hours on Saturday.

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Bimini case is sister of first covid death

NEARLY four weeks after Kimberly Johnson-Rolle became the country’s first COVID-19 death, her sister became one of Bimini’s latest confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a reality that has shocked but not shaken the resolve of the 58-year-old.

FNM accuses PLP of 'disgraceful and vicious' attack on PM's wife

THE Free National Movement has accused the Progressive Liberal Party of launching a “vicious and disgraceful attack” on Patricia Minnis amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Health workers tested for COVID-19

ABOUT 185 healthcare workers were tested on Saturday for the novel coronavirus, with results expected today or tomorrow, according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen. His comment came as the country added two more confirmed cases of CO

Getting ready for long journey

My late uncle Geoffrey had a marvellous, if somewhat convoluted, way of setting various events in motion, the simplest of which might be to go home from a late night party, whereupon he might say to his wife: “Darling, why don’t we commence, to begin, to prepare, to get ready to go home?

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Bahamian connection at University of Kentucky

Like an aeroplane taxied on the runway for takeoff, coach Rolando ‘Lonnie’ Greene said he can’t wait for the University of Kentucky to get their new school year started with sprinter Jaida Knowles joining her fellow St Augustine’s College alumni quarter-miler Megan Moss.

Exuma regatta cancelled for first time in 67 years

THIS weekend would have been the hosting of the prestigious National Family Island Regatta for sloop sailing boats in picturesque Elizabeth Harbour in George Town, Exuma.

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Battle 4 Atlantis 2021 field revealed

WHILE the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force the rescheduling of sporting events around the world, plans continue for The Bahamas to be a major sports tourism destination and home of Complete Sports Management’s Battle 4 Atlantis.

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National Sports Authority will have big role to play in aftermath of COVID-19

THE National Sports Authority will have a big role to play with the facilities they manage at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center with the components of entertainment and sports to ensure that Bahamians get back on their feet in the aftermath of the Covid-19.

Minor League Baseball may be latest casualty of COVID-19 fallout

MINOR League Baseball may be the latest casualty of the COVID-19 fallout as a reported agreement is in place with Major League Baseball to reduce the group of affiliate teams by 40.

Recovery co-chair calls for 'integrated economy'

A co-chair for the government-appointed Economic Recovery Committee yesterday said The Bahamas “must build an integrated economy that is self-sustaining” post-COVID-19.Kenwood Kerr, Providence Advisors’ chief executive, told Tribune Business that he

Abaco reconstruction awaits energy return

Abaco’s Chamber of Commerce president said post-Hurricane Dorian reconstruction is “proceeding at pace” despite the continued wait for electricity supplies to be restored to Central Abaco. Ken Hutton told Tribune Business: “Reconstruction is proceed

Cruise line eyes June 10 for Bahamas sail restart

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has confirmed that sailings to this nation will resume on June 13 for its Grand Celebration vessel, and on July 10 with the Grand Classica . “We appreciate the support of our valued guests, partners, regulatory agencies,

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A market first - "We'll pay you to take oil off our hands"

Many of us watched in disbelieve last Monday night as the May future contract of crude oil was, for the first time in history, negotiated at a negative price. Traders offered to pay any buyers $40 per barrel, provided they accepted delivery at the en

LETTER: 'Get ball rolling' over GB airport post-virus

Dear Editor, Before the coronavirus pandemic we had a two-year window for construction and completion of the four major projects in Grand Bahama that would have given us jobs, jobs and jobs, and the revival and establishment of a dynamic economy. S

Realtors urged to take training focus

The Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) is calling on its members to take advantage of training courses it is arranging during the COVID-19 lockdown period.Christine Wallace-Whitfield, pictured, BREA’s president, told Tribune Business: “We have go

Year-old cocktail lounge nominated for honours

A year-old Bahamian cocktail lounge has been nominated for a top international award, which it says is a first for any bar in The Bahamas. Bon Vivants, based at the Old Towne Sandyport, was one of ten bars shortlisted to be named Best New Internatio

Andros Chamber chief backs farming increase

The Central Andros Chamber of Commerce’s president says the island would welcome an increase in farmers with the eco-tourism industry it heavily depends on shuttered due to COVID-19. Tavares Thompson told Tribune Business: “As it stands now it is ju

Sunday, April 26

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BPL SkyGUARD Thunderstorm Warning (6PM-8PM)

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COVID-19 SUNDAY UPDATE: Two newly confirmed cases

The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that there are two newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Saturday, April 25

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SATURDAY UPDATE: Five newly confirmed COVID-19 cases – all from Bimini

The Ministry of Health confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 78.

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Ministry tests healthcare workers for coronavirus

On Saturday, the Ministry of Health tested healthcare workers of Princess Margaret Hospital and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre for possible coronavirus exposure.

Friday, April 24

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Lockdown 'having positive effect in Grand Bahama'

KWASI Thompson, State Minister for Grand Bahama, says the lockdowns are having a positive effect in Grand Bahama where the number of COVID cases has not exceeded seven.

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04242020 WEEKEND

Friday, 24th April, 2020.

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04242020 EDITION

Friday, 24th April, 2020.

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Prime Minister tours Blanco plant

Blanco Chemicals is among the latest Bahamian manufacturers that are meeting the needs of the local community to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and simultaneously expanding their product lines.

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Woman charged with assaulting officer, resisting arrest

A 29-year-old woman charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest was granted $2,000 bail. Her trial is set for June 17.

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Video messaging service interrupted by gay pornography

A MEETING of experts on COVID-19 analysis was disrupted on Friday when the video messaging service used was interrupted with gay pornography.

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Seven caught playing dominoes during curfew

SEVEN people who were caught playing dominoes outside during the national curfew were charged in the Magistrate’s court on Friday.

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PAHO, WHO: Maintain vaccinations during COVID-19 epidemic

GLOBAL health experts have warned of the importance of maintaining vaccinations during the COVID-19 epidemic to ensure there is no revival of other diseases such as flu and measles.

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Man charged with burglary, stealing and receiving

A 27-year-old man, accused of breaking into a woman’s house and robbing her earlier this month, was remanded to prison on Friday.

EDITORIAL: Healthcare system straining at the seams

YESTERDAY was a tragic day in the battle against COVID-19.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: So you reckon there was no preferential treatment, Marvin?

AS the Coronavirus pandemic continues here in the Bahamas, this week’s ‘Corona Chronicles’ showed a track meet at the courthouse, pastors securing the bag first, and the fact some of us don’t know the meaning of ‘quarantine.’

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One new confirmed case of COVID-19

One more case of COVID-19 was confirmed in The Bahamas on Friday. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 73.

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'Paper Boy' Michael dies after car accident

ONCE a staple figure at the juncture of Mackey Street and Paradise Island Bridge, 53-year-old Michael “Paper Boy” Johnson died this week due to injuries sustained in an accident. “Paper Boy” Johnson died at Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday, Apri

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PLP calls for more COVID-19 testing

THE Progressive Liberal Party’s COVID-19 task force wants the government to test up to 10 percent of the population for the deadly respiratory disease, insisting this is necessary to see the nation’s economy open in the near future. In its newly rel

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Digital wallets can be used to pay bills

PEOPLE collecting unemployment payments at SunCash can use a “digital wallet” to pay bills as an alternative to redeeming cash in person, according to National Insurance Board (NIB) Director Dr Nicola Virgill-Rolle. On Tuesday, scores of people queu

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Pintard: We're aware of fishermen's concerns

Minister of Marine Resources and Agriculture Michael Pintard says the government is aware of the concerns of local fishermen in Grand Bahama regarding the reopening of fish markets to sell to the public and is seeking to address the issue. However,

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Police to investigate fake news on banking changes

THE Ministry of Finance has blasted “categorically false” allegations spread on WhatsApp which claimed the government plans to stop bank withdrawals and stated the matter was turned over to the police for investigation. In a statement on its Faceboo

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Bimini residents fear increase in virus cases

SOME people in Bimini fear there could be more cases of COVID-19 on the island after a husband and wife tested positive for the virus. So far there have been three confirmed cases on the small island, including deceased Kim Johnson-Rolle, the sister

Bahamas financing need ‘close to’ $1bn

A Standard & Poor’s (S&P) analyst yesterday said The Bahamas will need “close to $1bn” to finance this year’s fiscal deficit while predicting “a strong economic recovery” in 2021 and 2022.

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Judge brands realtor 'stranger to the truth'

A Supreme Court judge has branded a realtor “a stranger to the truth” after finding he sold the same land to two different buyers - Sir Franklyn Wilson and a Bahamian retail entrepreneur. Justice Indra Charles, in an April 17 ruling, said Anthony Ra

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Tourism focusing on core markets 'bang for buck'

Tourism must focus on “getting the biggest bang for our buck” with post-COVID-19 marketing strategies given that it will not escape government-wide budget cuts, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, t

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Extend jobless benefits to 26 weeks, govt told

The Chamber of Commerce’s labour specialist yesterday urged the government to extend unemployment benefits to 26 weeks to prevent companies from having to terminate workers. Peter Goudie told Tribune Business he was “very hopeful” that the Minnis ad

Private islands are 'hot like fire'

A Bahamian realtor yesterday said “the private island market has gone hot like fire” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding: “It’s social distancing at its finest.”Gavin Christie, CA Christie’s managing partner and broker, told a Business Unusu

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Churches press for services to resume

BAHAMAS Christian Council wants churches to reopen next month under strict guidelines to keep congregants safe from contracting the deadly coronavirus. “We have a letter we would have written to the Prime Minister about our phased approach to opening and so we just await the date,” said Bishop Delton Fernander, president, Bahamas Christian Council.

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Nygard insists: I’m the victim

Canadian fashion tycoon Peter Nygard has issued a strong denial to the latest rape allegations laid against him in a New York court.

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Two patients die: 200 medics quarantined

THE Bahamas reported two more COVID-19 deaths yesterday as health officials revealed they have recommended to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis that his drastic curfews extend into May and there be no further relaxation of the lockdown measures.

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Disabled mother cooking up a treat

A YOUNG disabled mother, who wants to help those in need amid the COVID-19 crisis, will be providing 300 hot meals every Friday for people in the community. Jasmine Frazer, 36, said the initiative, “Ma’s Meals” which launches today, was inspired by

Grand Bahama Port Authority donates two x-ray machines

In support of the fight against COVID-19, the Grand Bahama Port Authority has donated two new medical x-ray machines to the Grand Bahama Health Services. The “critical diagnostic” equipment was delivered to the Cancer Association of Grand Bahama fac

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Friends found guilty of breaking lockdown rules

A GROUP of friends who claimed they were outside their homes during curfew because they were trying to get something to eat from Wendy’s were fined yesterday. They were among several people who were charged with curfew or lockdown infractions. Many

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Police hunt three in stealing probe

Three Grand Bahama men are wanted by police for questioning in connection with investigations into housebreaking, stealing and shopbreaking. Lavarr Laroda, 22, of Amberjack Street is wanted for housebreaking and stealing. He is six feet tall, weighs

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Abaco man denies indecent exposure

AN Abaco man yesterday denied allegations of exposing himself to two underaged girls. Levardo Cornish, 30, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with two counts of indecent exposure. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and the matter wa

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Guess what - we’re discovering we really can do things for ourselves

Complain, gripe and grumble all you want about being stuck at home. The reality is that while it is killing the economy, it is saving lives.

Time to ride the bucking bronco, PM

In the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown and economic collapse, Bahamian business owners have been obliged to make the painful and heart-wrenching decision to lay off employees. Instead of working with Bahamian business owners and proposing a viable plan to rebuild The Bahamas, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis criticises them and questions their humanity, heart, compassion and soul.

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Coach Sherman Smith dies at 53

Sherman Smith was known as a no-nonsense fundamental coach who demanded the best out of the many young people whom he helped to groom in basketball, along with volleyball, soccer and track and field.

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Strachan named to All-State Class 2nd team

FOLLOWING a standout senior season, Nicholas Strachan received his first postseason accolades.

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Inecia named Scholar- Athlete of Year

BAHAMAS Golf Federation national team stalwart Inecia Rolle received postseason accolades for her work off the course and in the classroom this past season.

Olympics: Organisers plan to finalise framework for way forward

THE new date for the Tokyo Olympics is set for the summer of 2021 and organisers plan to finalise the framework for the way forward by the end of May.

NIB: 'No major shift' in managing finances

The National Insurance Board’s (NIB) director says the surge in COVID-19 related benefits claims has not caused “a major shift” in how the social security system manages its $1.7bn reserve fund. Dr Nicola Virgil-Rolle, pictured , said the social sec

Auto supplier voices website frustrations

An auto parts supplier is voicing frustration that the government has not given permission to fully operate its online platform amid the COVID-19 lockdown.Dwayne Higgs, WHIM Automotive’s general manager, told Tribune Business that the company’s full-

Landscaping dominates new Business Licences

Landscaping and construction businesses feature prominently among the 178 new Business Licence applications submitted to the Department of Inland Revenue.Gaynell Rolle, the Department’s acting director, said: “We have seen an increase in business lic

Partners unveil tracking tool for COVID-19 fight

A self-screening tool to identify and track potential COVID-19 carriers, those in contact with them and persons most at risk was launched yesterday with a target of 15,000 users per week. The Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG) has teamed w

BAMSI donates produce to health, police workers

The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) has donated fresh produce to healthcare workers and law enforcement in North Andros to show appreciation for their COVID-19 efforts. The gift, which included romaine lettuce, beets and oni

Thursday, April 23

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04232020 EDITION

Thursday, 23rd April, 2020.

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STATESIDE: Wise words well worth listening to when it comes to opening up

Even as the American congress throws hundreds of billions of dollars at the COVID-19 public crisis and debate on restarting the economy continues to rage between Republicans and Democrats and along regional lines between the coasts and the Midwest and South, the pandemic steamrolls on. American reported deaths passed the 45,000 mark the other day, among nearly 850,000 confirmed cases. Those figures give the term American exceptionalism new meaning. Just not in a good way.

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FRONT PORCH: Roar, refrain and echo of history

The uneven global response to COVID-19 means some countries will see less infections and deaths, while others will experience needless pain and suffering because of the recklessness, incompetence and magical thinking of some leaders.

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Thompson backs firms who have kept workers employed

While the tourism sector and related businesses on Grand Bahama have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson is commending industrial companies who have kept their workers employed durin

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COVID-19: Two more deaths announced

Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands announced on Thursday that two more people have died due to COVID-19: a 53-year-old man and a 51-year-old man. The total number of deaths now stands at 11.

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PMH suspends visiting hours at all its wards

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital has suspended visiting hours at all public and private wards to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The notice came days after PMH’s Medical Surgical Ward II was closed after a surgical ward patient became a confirmed COVID-1

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Shoppers flock to buy as hardware stores reopen

SCORES of shoppers made their way to Kelly’s Mall at the Marathon location as hardware and home stores reopened yesterday.When The Tribune canvassed the area, a line of about 60 customers trailed along the pavement and stretched to the mall’s entranc

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Bowe criticises govt for failing to explain its policies properly

THE government has failed to clearly articulate its rationale for relaxing restrictions on certain businesses leaving itself open to criticism that could have otherwise been avoided, according to a noted economist yesterday.Gowon Bowe, Fidelity Bank

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'No rebound for six months'

A top banking executive yesterday said The Bahamas “won’t see any rebound in the economy for six months” at least as the “first wave” of loan deferral requests hits the industry. Gowon Bowe, an ex-Chamber of Commerce chairman, told Tribune Business

Most Eleuthera firms suffer 90% drop-off

Eleuthera’s private sector yesterday called for an 18-24 month construction sector tax break package after the national lockdown caused a “greater than 90 percent” drop-off for most businesses.Thomas Sands, president of the island’s Chamber of Commer

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Farmers see 'quadrupling' of interest

The Bahamian public’s interest in farming and growing their own produce has “quadrupled” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of an agriculture group said yesterday.

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Escape virus crisis through 'currency swap'

A multi-billion dollar “currency swap” with the US Federal Reserve would provide The Bahamas with the necessary foreign currency to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, it has been advocated.Dr Johnathan Rodgers, the well-known “eye doctor”, writing in

General insurers say: 'Show some respect'

Property and casualty insurers yesterday urged the government to “show some respect for the industry” after they were blindsided by inclusion in the government’s premium deferral initiative. Anton Saunders, RoyalStar Assurance’s managing director, t

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UPDATED: Five newly confirmed cases of COVID-19

FIVE new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday, making it the largest single day increase in cases since tracking of them began. There are now 70 confirmed cases in the country.

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‘Nygard ordeal never left me’: Accuser’s account of how visit to his home turned into nightmare

REVA Steenbergen is still traumatised by her encounter with Peter Nygard, so much so she chokes up remembering the events that changed her life 29 years ago.

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Thousands signed up for online education

ABOUT 40,000 students have registered for the Ministry of Education’s virtual learning programme, according to Education Minister Jeff Lloyd.

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Brave raises concern over police actions

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis has said he is concerned about the management of the Royal Bahamas Police Force in light of the recent events including promotions of three Chief Superintendents to Assistant Commissioners.

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$250 cup of tea for man who violated curfew

A MAN who claimed he violated the national curfew because he was looking for a friend he had sent out to buy “sour” so he could make a cup of tea was fined $250 yesterday. He was among several people who appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rol

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Man accused of threatening to kill his wife

AN Eleuthera man was remanded to prison yesterday after he was accused of threatening to kill his wife last Friday. Ezra Mackey, 35, appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with one count of making death threats and of causing

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Two years in prison for stealing from tailor's shop

A 28-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison for breaking into a tailor’s shop and stealing over $2,000 worth of goods while the national curfew was in effect. Cardinal Bowe appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged wit

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Told to pay $600 for officer assault

A 20-year-old man was ordered to pay $600 or face two months in prison after he assaulted a police officer last month. Anderson Domalien appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with assaulting a police officer, using obscene la

Fighting climate change the key

COVID-19 has upended life as we knew it in The Bahamas. However, as we deal with the widespread impacts of the pandemic, it is critical that we do so in a climate resilient fashion.

Adding our tribute to Kingsley Poitier, a sporting giant

THE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture extends heartfelt condolences on the passing of the late Kingsley Poitier, who passed away on April 19.

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Buddy Hield hopes to face off with ‘Splash Brothers’

The NBA season may be on hiatus but Buddy Hield relishes the opportunity to compete against what some call the best shooting backcourt of all time to prove himself as the top three-point shooter in the league.

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Davis opts to transfer from Texas-Arlington Mavericks

RADSHAD Davis has chosen to enter the transfer portal and will conclude his NCAA Division I basketball career with a new programme.

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Teenager sees his curfew charges dismissed

A teenager was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, accused of selling alcohol in breach of the COVID-19 emergency orders. Sheedenson Altidor, 18, appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with operating a non-essential busin

Online food demand rise slows as incomes dry up

Several online food delivery service providers yesterday said they are seeing demand level off as incomes reduce due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Jamial Rolle, the Runnah’s app chief executive, told Tribune Business: “Things are kind of levell

Hardware stores 'swamped' all day

Hardware stores yesterday said they were “swamped from 8am” as they opened for the first time in a month following the COVID-19 lockdown and emergency orders.Brent Burrows, general manager of CBS Bahamas (Commonwealth Building Supplies), told Tribune

Business continuity tied to corporate governance

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to stretch institutions’ thoughts and outlook on what business as usual means. There are two components that will be under even more scrutiny – Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) and corporate governance structures. Whil

Businesses: PM's attack 'unfortunate'

Business executives yesterday described the Prime Minister’s weekend “heart and soul” attack over temporary COVID-19 lay-offs as unfortunate as the controversy continued to simmer.Brent Burrows, general manager of CBS Bahamas (Commonwealth Building S

Regulator extends its filing deadlines

The Securities Commission has granted a 45-day extension for the filing of annual reports and audited financial statements to its various licensees and registrants due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The regulator said filing deadlines under the Securitie

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Currency swap key to unleash recovery

Dr Johnathan Rodgers, the well-known eye doctor, details a multi-tier COVID-19 revival strategy to give The Bahamas the foreign currency financing it needs without taking on too much debt.

Wednesday, April 22

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04222020 EDITION

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020.

EDITORIAL: Nygard case goes to the heart of how our nation is run

THE priority of the nation is understandably the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic right now – but the allegations that continue to unfold against Peter Nygard should not be overlooked.

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ALICIA WALLACE: When it’s all over, let’s make sure we do things better

Over the past few days I have been having conversations with people about the COVID crisis, the responses of different governments and the reactions of the public. I have been interested in the thoughts of artists, activists, educators, students and members of the press. There is one question I keep asking – what is your hope for when things change? Some answers are personal and some are broader and more inclusive.

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Promotion of three officers defended by Dames

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday defended the promotion of three high ranking officers to Assistant Commissioner positions, insisting the move was necessary to support the new police chief and his efforts to protect the Bahamian peop

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We've no plans to increase taxes, says Turnquest

THE government does not have any plans to increase value added tax “or any other taxes” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Peter Turnquest said yesterday.

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BPL shuts office after staff exposed to virus

BAHAMAS Power and Light immediately closed its main Baillou Hill Road office yesterday after a small number of staff were suspected of being exposed to someone who had been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient. BPL said once officials became awa

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Dames: No special treatment for Ash

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday that any suggestion Jonathan Ash was given special treatment when he went to court Monday without handcuffs or shackles is “ludicrous”. He also refused to specifically address the involvement of

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Junkanoo parades may be postponed until February

OFFICIALS are considering postponing Junkanoo parades “perhaps to February” amid uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth, Sports & Culture Minister Lanisha Rolle said yesterday.

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Plastic shields to help in fight against virus

A local company plans to begin manufacturing plastic face shields which will be sold to the Ministry of Health to aid in the COVID-19 fight. Peter Bates, CEO of the Sign Man, said the Bahamian company realised it had the materials and skills to move

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Queues as businesses allowed to reopen

SEVERAL businesses that have been allowed to re-open this week drew long lines and scores of customers. Auto parts stores are allowed to operate on Tuesdays as the prime minister outlined they could open from 8am to 5pm. When The Tribune visited yesterday, some customers expressed the need to have the stores open more than just once a week.

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Govt in 'conundrum' on rental assistance

The government is facing “a real conundrum” in devising an effective rental assistance initiative because it would require the banks to “freeze” landlord loans, the deputy prime minister has admitted. K Peter Turnquest, responding to questions after

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Contractors: We have to live with COVID-19

Bahamian contractors yesterday conceded that re-opening the construction sector involves “a big risk” and “cannot be business as usual”, but argued: “Living with COVID-19 is the new reality.”Leonard Sands, the Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA)

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NIB 'pumps $67m' into local economy

The National Insurance Board (NIB) “pumped $67m” into the economy during March, its director said yesterday, adding that it is having “good success” in progressing 2,000 stalled benefit claims. Dr Nicola Virgil-Rolle, speaking during a Zoom conferen

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'Desperation' sparks $20m loan rethink

Growing “desperation” among his small business clients has prompted many of them into a rethink when it comes to applying for government assistance, a consultant has revealed. Mark A Turnquest, of Mark A Turnquest Consulting, told Tribune Business t

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Union's $150m alternative to civil service wages cut

The Government will be “shooting themselves in the foot” if they slash civil service salaries, a union chief has warned, arguing that three alternative measures can realise some $150m in savings.Kimsley Ferguson, the Bahamas Public Services Union’s (

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UPDATED: One dead, one injured after Grand Bahama shooting incidents

ONE man is dead and another is in hospital in critical condition following two separate shooting incidents in Grand Bahama on Monday.

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36 MORE WOMEN ACCUSE NYGARD: Victims from Bahamas, Canada, US, Britain and Germany file rape case

THIRTY-SIX women have joined a US class action lawsuit accusing Peter Nygard of rape. The lawsuit initially featured nine Bahamians and one American plaintiff but now includes 12 Bahamians, 14 Americans, 18 Canadians, one British and one German female plaintiff.

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Ward infection ‘massive blow’ to health teams

ABOUT 100 healthcare workers are in self-isolation after they were exposed to a patient with COVID-19 on Princess Margaret Hospital’s surgical ward, prompting Health Minister Dr Duane Sands to say yesterday the country won’t be ready to lift the lockdown and movement restrictions anytime soon.

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I’ll make sure my dad’s legacy lives on

STAFFORD Coakley was remembered yesterday as strong willed and stoic - qualities he remained true to until he took his last breath on April 3 after struggling with complications brought on by COVID-19.

Airlifted Bimini patient tests negative for COVID-19

A BIMINI woman who was airlifted to New Providence after experiencing a fever and breathing difficulties on Monday has been released after testing negative for COVID-19, a relative said. The 65-year-old woman is the step-mother of former consul gene

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Teenagers charged after failing to enrol at school

TWO teenagers who are not enrolled in school were yesterday charged with violating the emergency lockdown. The teens — who are 15 and 16 — were among several people who appeared before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis for curfew and lockdown infractio

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32-year-old man fined $500 for deceiving police

A 32-year-old man who attempted to evade arrest by giving police his brother’s name was charged with deceiving a public officer in Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Vincent Pennerman appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after he gave po

A test of our brotherhood

I recently saw a broadcast by one of our news stations reporting on a dire situation in North Eleuthera.

Visit to hardware store not so easy

To say that those of us staying at home were delighted that Dr. Minnis was going to allow Hardware Stores to open this week, would be a gross understatement.

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Nesbitt: ‘I wasn’t open enough to people that wanted to help me’

Valerie Nesbitt addressed the issues surrounding her dismissal from the Ole Miss Women’s Basketball programme last season alongside head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin.

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‘Sports will not be sports again if we can’t defeat this virus’

WHENEVER sports resumes after the passing of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mike Sands said sports leaders will have to be revolutionary in their approach to getting the community to come out and participate again.

BTC develops digital ID card

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has created a mobile digital identification card to make it easier for authorities to identify its essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.Andre Foster, its senior director of technology operations,

Top official: Govt has 'sufficient headroom'

The Ministry of Finance’s top finance official yesterday said the government has “sufficient headroom” to meet its obligations despite the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. Marlon Johnson, acting financial secretary, told reporters via a Zoom con

Colina 'well placed' against COVID-19

A BISX-listed insurer believes it is well-positioned “to withstand the uncertainties” associated with the COVID-19 pandemic after profits earned by equity shareholders rose 43 percent last year. Colina Holdings Bahamas, the life and health insurance

Small business gets $11.2m COVID help

The Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) has either approved or disbursed some $11.2m in financing to help micro, small and medium sized (MSMEs) businesses survive the pandemic.Davinia Grant, the SBDC’s director, told reporters that the $20m Busi

DPM tells entrepreneurs: 'Don't let this crisis pass'

The deputy prime minister yesterday said there were “no plans” for new or increased taxes to plug the government’s COVID-19 fiscal holes, as he urged entrepreneurs: “Don’t let this crisis pass.” K Peter Turnquest, speaking to reporters outside the C

Tax credit initiative gains 45 applicants

The Department of Inland Revenue yesterday said it has received 45 applications to-date for the government’s $60m tax credit and deferral initiative designed to provide payroll support. Gaynell Rolle, the department’s acting controller, said: “We ar

Auto parts suppliers: 'one day won't cut it'

Auto parts suppliers yesterday said being allowed to open one day per week during the COVID-19 pandemic “is not going to cut it” based on the heavy consumer demand all experienced.William Bastian, Big Six Auto Parts’ general manager, told Tribune Bus

Tuesday, April 21

Pregnant women at crossroads during crisis

MORE and more women who are feeling uncertain about what the future holds after the COVID-19 pandemic have reportedly been feeling overwhelming pressure to terminate their pregnancies.

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‘We need compassion to fight coronavirus’

Local NGO helps single mothers with grocery donations

For weeks now, Katherine Coakley has been spending considerable time every day praying for the Bahamian families impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those who were already struggling to make ends meet before the shutdowns and lockdowns were implemented.

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Office of the Prime Minister launches 'Suggestions' website platform

The Office of the Prime Minister has launched a suggestions platform on its website, opm.gov.bs.

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One newly confirmed case of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health announced Tuesday that there is one additional confirmed case of COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 65.

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04212020 EDITION

Tuesday, 21st April, 2020.

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Lumberjacks’ Nathan Bain has season to remember

GRAND Bahamian Nathan Bain had a season to remember as his collegiate career came to an end with the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks men’s basketball team just before the cancellation of the prestigious March Madness men’s basketball tournament.

EDITORIAL: The good and the bad for new commissioner

IT it is only three weeks since Paul Rolle became Commissioner of Police – though that feels like three months in lockdown time - but yesterday saw mixed signs of what to expect under his leadership.

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FACE TO FACE: Clair’s mission to level the playing field for generations to come

I’m always impressed when I learn about Bahamians doing big things in other parts of the world. It reminds me of how great we are as a people, even though we come from a small archipelago, sometimes represented as just a dot on a map.

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Dorian survivor in search of support

CHOREN Jones, a disabled Hurricane Dorian survivor from Abaco, went to the Department of Social Services for the third time yesterday, looking for help with rent and food. The Tribune met the 53-year-old in her wheelchair outside the government agen

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Collette's baking up a treat for workers

GRAND Bahama resident Collette Williams is showing her appreciation to essential workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight by delivering some of her baked goods and treats to them on the job. Mrs Williams – who loves to bake and cook — said it

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Long lines as people claim food vouchers

SCORES of laid off hotel workers flocked to their union’s headquarters yesterday, queuing in long, jumbled lines to receive food vouchers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.When The Tribune arrived at the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union’s hea

Opening up will be slow

THE Ministry of Health will recommend Cabinet revisit how it gradually opens businesses after long lines and crowds were seen around New Providence yesterday, according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen. “We are very concerned about t

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Govt warns of $800m deficit

The government is facing an $800m deficit for this budget period with “next year looking even worse”, the deputy prime minister revealed yesterday, as revenues are off by up to 70 percent. K Peter Turnquest, in a Zoom conference with members of Old

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QC questions legitimacy of VAT 'estimate'

A prominent QC is arguing that Bahamian companies will be breaking the law if they comply with the government’s request to file “estimated” VAT returns for March today. Wayne Munroe QC, pictured , told Tribune Business he could find nothing in the V

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PM 'meant no disrespect', deputy tells private sector

The deputy prime minister yesterday reassured the private sector that Dr Hubert Minnis’, pictured, “heart is in the right place” after he attacked businesses for their “lack of soul” over employee lay-offs.K Peter Turnquest, in a Zoom presentation to

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Business owners 'not living in ivory towers'

The prime minister’s attack on business owners “has no merit” in most cases, a prominent entrepreneur argued yesterday, adding: “We’re not living in ivory towers.” Robert Myers, who has multiple business interests, told Tribune Business that it was

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Oil price crash 'once in lifetime opportunity'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the global oil market crash has presented The Bahamas with a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to ease the pain of the deep COVID-19 recession.Desmond Bannister, minister of works, told Tribune Business that if Bahama

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HANDS UP - ASH SAYS ‘I’M GUILTY’

BUSINESSMAN Jonathan Ash was fined $7,000 for selling alcohol in breach of the national curfew and emergency orders put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Three promoted to top heavy senior rank

THREE Chief Superintendents of the Royal Bahamas Police Force have been promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner, sparking criticism from a lawyer representing three other ACPs who have been transferred against their will.

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‘What’s the basis for easing up?’

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis has questioned the basis for the government’s opening of additional businesses this week while cases of COVID-19 have consistently increased.

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Junkanoo facing major scale backs

JUNKANOO leaders are eying dramatically scaled back parades as the COVID-19 crisis wreaks havoc on their preparations.

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Gifts for Baha Mar employees

BAHA Mar will this week gift employees with care packages containing non-perishable goods. This month marks the mega resort’s third anniversary in operation which Baha Mar is using as an occasion to thank staff for their hard work and dedication. T

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Four Dominicans charged with curfew offences

FOUR Dominican men, two of whom had expired work permits, were charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday with violating the weekend lockdown. They were among several people who appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis for lockdown infract

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Trio charged with breaking into Grand Bahama sporting store

A 17-year-old boy was among three people charged with shop breaking and stealing yesterday. The trio appeared in Magistrate’s Court in Grand Bahama. Deondre Mallory, of Trotter Avenue, and Angelo Rolle, of Columbus Drive, both 18, were charged toge

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PETER YOUNG: The virus fight goes on as do whispers of concern over our own economic fate

While the COVID-19 crisis continues around the world with a vengeance, just a month ago there was still a widespread feeling it would be short lived. It was thought the strong action taken by different countries to contain the spread of the virus through strict measures about social distancing to prevent its transmission among humans would be effective and the crisis would be rapidly over. But that has proven not to be the case. The world is in this together and the fight goes on.

Digital move a sensible one

I congratulate the government on taking the step of moving payment of NIB benefits to digital wallets. This is a step in the right direction to diminishing, if not terminating, long lines at NIB, social services, food stores, and other service places. Unfortunately, as I write, the morning after the PM’s speech, I see, in social media, long lines on Tonique Williams Darling highway. It is said that the line represents people waiting for vouchers at the “union building”.

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Bahamian Andy Thompson executive producer behind ESPN documentary

NOTED Bahamian producer, director and documentarian Andy Thompson is the brainchild behind the latest film that has been the most discussed topic in the world of sports.

Hardware stores feeling pinch despite relaxation

Some Bahamian hardware stores yesterday said they might remain closed and still lay-off staff despite being permitted by the government to open from 8am to 8pm on Wednesday and Friday. Franklyn Russell, the Home Care Centre’s general manager, told T

Plant nurseries: Opening will ease 'unique' situation

Plant nurseries yesterday said the limited opening hours permitted by the government will alleviate “a unique” situation where they have had to maintain payroll without any revenue coming in. Mark Thompson, general manager of Nature’s Way plant nurs

Scotiabank warns clients over scam

Scotiabank Bahamas yesterday warned customers not to provide confidential banking information to persons who call claiming there is an issue with their account. The bank, in a statement, said it was aware of so-called “phishing” phone calls being ma

Auto dealers: Parts opening no big deal

Auto dealers yesterday said opening their parts departments for one day per week is “not a big business boost” - especially since they are still unable to service clients’ vehicles.Fred Albury, the Auto Mall’s principal, told Tribune Business he will

Graycliff slams 'utterly false' NIB allegations

Graycliff last night slammed claims that it was delinquent in paying National Insurance Board (NIB) contributions on behalf of staff as “utterly false”. The high-end hotel and restaurant hit out following widely-circulated social media claims that i

Monday, April 20

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04202020 EDITION

Monday, 20th April, 2020.

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Four newly confirmed cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health announced on Monday that there are four additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 64.

EDITORIAL: How business owners can show their patriotism

WHERE is your heart? Where is your compassion? Do you have a soul?

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WORLD VIEW – Prepare for a long haul: The storm is not fully formed

COVID-19 is destroying the prosperity which several Caribbean countries anticipated at the beginning of 2020.

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INSIGHT: Abandoning tourism is a fool’s errand - we just need to reimagine it

AMID the seismic shift taking place in the lives of many Bahamians, there is one question most of us are asking - how long can we endure this?

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Bodybuilder Kingsley Poitier, who won Mr World title, dies at 82

BAHAMAS Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation president Joel Stubbs remembered the late Kingsley Poitier as a humble giant, who transcended beyond his years to become the first Bahamian to win the Mr World Bodybuilding Championship title.

Customers concerned about suspicious charges

A FOOD delivery company is investigating after several of its customers reported suspicious charges to their credit or debit cards after using the business for grocery purchases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Island Direct Nassau came under fire this

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04202020 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Monday, 20th April, 2020.

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'My faith in God keeps my head above water'

A Grand Bahama mother who is now unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown says things are very tough, but her faith in God is keeping her “head above water.”Two months before the crisis, the single mother was employed at Freeport Harbour and g

'Tourism industry won't recover until June 2021'

JAMAICA’s former tourism minister projects the tourism industry won’t recover from the COVID-19 crisis until June 2021 and will see 80 percent recovery only by winter of next year.

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Shopping restrictions eased for certain key businesses

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has relaxed restrictions for certain businesses, revealing several entities will be allowed to reopen in the capital under certain guidelines. Meanwhile, the 24-hour curfew resumes today with another lockdown schedule

Bahamas most exposed to external fund pressure

The Bahamas is the world’s most vulnerable tourism-based economy to external financing pressures, a Standard & Poor’s (S&P) study has revealed, and faces “major deterioration” in credit indicators.

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Oil explorer in licence extend over COVID-19

A Bahamas-based oil explorer has voiced optimism that the government will extend its drilling licence beyond year-end despite Florida congressmen lobbying the Trump administration against its plan.

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Ex-minister: Speed up investment to avoid 'catastrophe'

An ex-investment minister says the government must turn promises of fast-track approvals into reality to give The Bahamas “a fighting chance of avoiding economic catastrophe”.Khaalis Rolle, who held the post in the former Christie administration, tol

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‘Leaner’ law firms eyed as McKinney confirms lay-offs

A prominent QC has warned that Bahamian law firms will likely be “leaner” following the COVID-19 pandemic as McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes became the latest major player to confirm lay-offs.

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Businessman Jonathan Ash fined $7,000 for selling alcohol during curfew

A BUSINESSMAN was fined $7,000 on Monday for selling alcohol in breach of the national curfew and emergency orders put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PM condemns wealthy owners who rushed to lay off staff : Where’s your heart ... your compassion ... your soul?

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis criticised wealthy business owners who have laid off long-term staff due to the COVID-19 economic fall out, questioning if they have a heart or soul.

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PMH ward closed by positive test

A WARD at Princess Margaret Hospital has been closed to the public and will be sanitised after a patient there tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

Police sat idle as bar sold liquor

RESIDENTS bought alcohol from the Made Men Sporting Bar last week under the watchful gaze of a suspected rogue police officer despite Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ order that such establishments close during the COVID-19 crisis. Patrons included men and women from diverse age groups, many of whom The Tribune witnessed when conducting an investigation at the Faith Avenue North bar on Friday.

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US call to halt Bahamian oil

MORE than a dozen US Congress members have voiced opposition to offshore drilling in Bahamian waters, and have asked the US State Department to urge the Bahamian government to stop plans for offshore drilling in the country.

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Helping people in need

Dozens of families on East Street and Kemp Road each received two bulging bags of groceries over the weekend thanks to the nearly $50,000 raised by local group, “The Family Help and Support Foundation.” The food and water, enough to feed each family

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Testing is ramped up as confirmed cases now 60

OFFICIALS ramped up COVID-19 testing over the weekend, beginning with healthcare workers at tertiary medical facilities in New Providence as they seek to contain the spread of the deadly virus in the country. This comes as the country reported addit

Equality Bahamas backs support for vulnerable

EQUALITY Bahamas has led the drafting and endorsement of a global feminist COVID-19 policy agenda that calls for countries to prioritise the needs of people in vulnerable environments, including women, the elderly, disabled, LGBT+, migrants and unhou

My three mistakes

From the time that nation/states emerged the chiefs and leaders have experimented and tinkered with the economic order, often to the detriment of the lower and middle classes. Those at the top of the fabled totem, how apt a reference.....’tote them’ are oftentimes, like right here in The Bahamas, are often allied with the politicians and their suitcase people.......some call them bag men/women; lobbyists and facilitators.

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COVID-19 pandemic leaves us wondering what could’ve been

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, learn and are entertained in 2020...perhaps for the foreseeable future. The sports world is included in the latter. It’s big business with the power to change lives, but at the most basic level - it’s one of society’s most gratifying forms of entertainment (hence an entire newspaper section dedicated to it).

COVID-19 gives chance to improve food security

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term ‘food security’ is sending consumers into panic mode, resulting in long lines and empty shelves at local grocery stores. While the government has repeatedly reassured that there is no shortage of food or

Farmer's Crown Land plea for $310,000 outlay to work

A Bahamian chicken farmer says his request for a Crown Land lease requires an urgent government response if his $310,000 investment is to work. Glen Rolle, chief executive of Bouggie Birds, told Tribune Business: “We have all of the financing in pla

Economy re-opening boost for 150 workers

A Bahamian businessman yesterday hailed the government’s move to re-open certain industries as “wonderful news” that will enable him to put 150 staff back to work. Robert Myers told Tribune Business that the decision to treat landscaping and associa

GB Chamber chief: Re-open support firms for 'essentials'

Grand Bahama’s Chamber of Commerce president has urged the government to allow “support” businesses for “essential services” to re-open during the COVID-19 lockdown to reduce imports. Gregory Laroda told Tribune Business that “there are some concern

Gas station hours cut forces lay-offs

Some Bahamian gas stations have been forced to temporarily lay-off workers due to their opening hours being slashed to just 1pm amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Ethan Moss, managing director of JMEL Enterprises, which operates six Rubis gas stations thro

It's a fight for survival in a world which may never be the same again

The great global lockdown has meant that a large percentage of the planet’s population has seen its way of living changing radically compared with what it was a mere hundred days ago. Many of us now spend the greatest part of our time confined at hom

Treat our fisheries as 'essential', govt told

Fisheries should be treated as an “essential service” that is open during the COVID-19 lockdown, industry players are arguing, with conch and fish catches restricted to local consumption only.Paul Mailis, director of the National Fisheries Associatio

Bank chief loses 'fit and proper' battles

A Bahamian bank’s chairman has failed to overturn the Central Bank’s demand that he sell his majority ownership because he is “not a fit and proper person” to be in charge. Carlos Molina told Tribune Business his battle with the regulator had result

Sunday, April 19

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PM announces limited opening for auto parts, hardware and home stores

In a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Prime Minster Dr Hubert Minnis announced that some businesses will be allowed to operate starting this week.

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Man found hanging from tree on Cowpen Road farm

Police are investigating after a man was found hanging from a tree on a farm on Cowpen Road on Saturday.

Saturday, April 18

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BREAKING: Three new coronavirus cases diagnosed

THREE new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today in The Bahamas, according to the Ministry of Health. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 58.

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Police investigate as officers present at liquor store

POLICE are investigating after videos circulated on social media showing a police vehicle on the premises of a liquor establishment.

Friday, April 17

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Five charged with violating curfew

FIVE men were charged in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday with violating the national curfew and the five-day lockdown recently implemented by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Body washed ashore on Freeport beach

Grand Bahama Police are investigating an apparent drowning after a body was discovered washed ashore at a popular beach in Freeport on Friday morning.

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Claims that unemployment payments not sent to bank accounts

BAHAMIANS outside the National Insurance Board on Friday complained about problems with the service's online portal. They said their unemployment payments had not been sent to their bank accounts.

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Man fined $1,000 after Lowes theft

A 54-year-old man convicted of stealing and receiving stolen goods was fined $1,000 on Friday.

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Pintard: Purchasers don't foresee scarcity of food in short term

AGRICULTURE Minister Michael Pintard told the Prime Minister that there was no anticipation of a scarcity of food in the short term despite reported fears in the US of a meat shortage – although he did urge Bahamians to look for more locally produced goods.

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Lyford Cay Foundation pledges $200,000 to vulnerable communities

LYFORD Cay Foundation, deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world, particularly on the Bahamas, has pledged $200,000 in immediate aid for vulnerable Bahamian communities affected by the lockdown.

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04172020 EDITION

Friday, 17th April, 2020.

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04172020 WEEKEND

Friday, 17th April, 2020.

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COVID-19: One new confirmed case

THE total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 55 after officials confirmed one additional case on Friday.

EDITORIAL: The manmade disaster of BPL

WE have had our share of disasters already in The Bahamas – but a manmade one lies in wait just ahead.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Marijuana coming in handy for rainy day funds

With tons of free time on my hands these days, (thanks Coronavirus pandemic!), it’s given me the opportunity to research a number of things, one being the uses of marijuana taxation, in the various US states that have legalised marijuana.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: A sporting icon from an age of real stars

Amid the obsession with lives in peril, saved or lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the passing of a legend who once stood for the finest in extreme sports, performance and glamour in Nassau nearly went unnoticed.

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STATESIDE: Who has better long-term prospects - Trump, Biden or Fauci?

Well, it didn’t have quite the resonance it might have enjoyed if we weren’t all in the middle of a global health pandemic, but Bernie Sanders and then Barack Obama formally endorsed Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential candidate in the past several days. With plenty of Democratic primaries still scheduled for May, June or sometime this summer, the field is now clear for Biden.

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Bahamas embassy 'unfit' for use

BAHAMIANS living in the Washington DC area are upset about the dilapidated state of the Bahamas Embassy, deeming it unfit for people amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There are complaints of mould infestation, broken crown mouldings, exposed pipes and lea

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Govt lines up budget cuts amid economic hardship

THE government has given guidelines to ministries and agencies on budget reductions it hopes to see while mulling over its strategy to navigate through economic hardship over the next several months, FInance Minister Peter Turnquest said yesterday.Wh

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Left in tears as she pleads for a little help

FOR the past four weeks, senior citizen Linda Brown has been unsuccessful in trying to receive assistance at the Department of Social Services.

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Expanded testing to begin

EXPANDED COVID-19 testing will begin this weekend on high-risk populations, as the number of confirmed cases increased by one to 54 yesterday and another death from the disease was recorded.

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Govt ‘taking from Peter to pay Paul’

The government is performing a high-wire juggling act with its finances by “robbing Peter to pay Paul” to meet critical liabilities as they become due, the deputy prime minister revealed yesterday.

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Tourism has 'no choice' to devise virus safeguards

Bahamian tourism is going to “have to live with” COVID-19 and devise measures to reassure both visitors and industry employees that the sector is safe, a Cabinet minister warned yesterday. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told T

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S&P: Bahamas to shrink by 16%

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) last night forecast that the Bahamian economy will shrink by an “unprecedented” 16 percent in 2020 as it further downgraded this nation’s sovereign creditworthiness.

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Price regulator in egg shortage fear

The Price Control Commission’s (PCC) chairman yesterday said he had urged the Government to cut the duty rate on eggs by two-thirds as he warned consumers to brace for shortages within a week. Danny Sumner told Tribune Business : “Items that are pri

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BPL finances ‘more perilous every day’

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) has been unable to exploit the all-time low in global oil prices, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday, adding: “Its finances get more and more perilous every day.”

Hotel Union clarification

Darrin Woods, the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) president, yesterday clarified that the “advance” financing the assistance being provided to its 5,500 members next week is NOT a loan which they or the union have to repay.H

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'Flags of convenience are over'

A LOCAL environmental group has said the era of “flags of convenience” is over amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding the government needs to rethink its relationship with the cruise industry.

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Suspect patients breaching isolation

HEALTH officials yesterday admitted that the self-isolation method they’ve prescribed to suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases is not working, adding they are currently reviewing the measure.

In line for hours to get voucher that won't feed her family of four

After standing in line for several hours early on Tuesday morning at the Department of Social Services, an unemployed Grand Bahama woman said the monthly food voucher she was given is not enough to feed her family of four.“I was nearly brought to tea

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Weeks of waiting for NIB cheques

PEOPLE queued on a long line outside the National Insurance Board yesterday as some complained about their unemployment cheque not being ready for collection. While some flocked to NIB for assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, others were waiting

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Two accused over videos

A MAN and a woman were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with videos posted on social media of the two allegedly threatening to rob people due to COVID-19 restrictions in the country. Marque Beckford Jr, 27, and Ra’Queisha McPh

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Fined for going to get snacks during curfew

A 28-year-old man, who told police he left home to get a drink and a few snacks, was fined $400 yesterday for violating the recent five-day lockdown.Mikin Michel was among several people who appeared before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister yesterday for

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$1,000 fine for dangerous drugs

A 27-year-old man convicted of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply was sentenced to nine months in prison and fined $1,000 yesterday.Shaquille Woodside, appearing before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister yesterday, pleaded guilty to posse

Country will still accept repatriations

THE Bahamas has had no recent request from the United States to accept deportees amid the COVID-19 crisis, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday, adding this country would accept repatriated Bahamians under established protocols.Last

Call on the commissioner

Good morning Commissioner. First of all, my congratulations on your elevation. I predicted this on my radio talk show a few years ago when you were my special guest on MORE 94.9 FM. So said, so done. I have absolutely no doubt that you will live up to expectations and continue to serve the nation well.

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Sprinter Samson focusing on studies

With his collegiate track and field season abruptly ended during the indoor season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, sprinter Samson Colebrooke said he has focused his attention on his studies as he goes through his experience in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Mako swimmers to make splash in US colleges

MAKO Aquatics Club, coached by Travano McPhee, has produced several CARIFTA swimmers and two national championships in their brief history and now they are adding to the number of swimmers they have competing in the NCAA.

Bullseye: Darts lovers’ heaven

THE line-ups and fixtures have been confirmed for the first four nights of the PDC Home Tour ahead of today’s launch of the innovative new tournament.

Virus 'hampers' oil explorer fund listing

A Bahamas-based oil explorer says the London listing - and trading - of shares in an investment fund it promoted to local investors has “been significantly hampered and thus delayed” by COVID-19.Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC), which has already dela

Pharmacists: No issues despite long client lines

Pharmacists say they are experiencing no problems fulfilling patient prescriptions despite the long queues and wait times following the Easter weekend lockdown. Clinton McCartney, head pharmacist at McCartney’s Pharmacy, told Tribune Business : “We

Digital economy in key rebound role

The COVID-19 pandemic’s jolt to speed-up digitisation, and the growth of online e-commerce activity, will ensure they both have a role in economic recovery, a Bahamian financial analyst believes. Brian Jones, Leno’s managing director of wealth solut

'Hurting' wedding planners allege NIB denied support

Weddings industry professionals yesterday said they are “hurting desperately” due to the COVID-19 pandemic but allege they have been denied assistance from the National Insurance Board (NIB). Cindy Coakley-Knowles, the Bahamas Bridal Association’s p

Food security needs additional 'real steps'

The Bahamas Light Industries Development Council (BLIDC) says other “real steps that need to be taken” besides creating a Food Security Task Force to help spur local production. Karla Wells-Lisgaris, the Council’s vice-president, responding to the p

How to keep firms and workers viable

The largest, and most immediate, economic disrupter for The Bahamas and the world as a result of COVID-19 is the loss of employment for so many. Reports estimate that over 50 million jobs could be lost in the US alone. With 64 percent of Bahamian gr

Brokers report new issues with Customs' Click2Clear

Brokers yesterday said they have encountered more problems with Customs’ new electronic goods clearance system although the situation seemed to be improving. Lance Major, in-house customs broker for the d’Albenas Agency, told Tribune Business: “This

Thursday, April 16

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04162020 EDITION

Thursday, 16th April, 2020.

EDITORIAL: This is no time for union squabbles

WHEN Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis sounded the call for members of the medical profession to come to the front line of the battle against COVID-19, it seems he could hardly have met with a less enthusiastic response.

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COVID-19: One additional death, one newly-confirmed case

At a press conference on Thursday evening, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands confirmed that there has been one additional death due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities to nine. The latest fatality was a 51-year-old man from New Providence.

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Thompson: Programmes helping to ease pain

Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson said Grand Bahamians have benefitted from the national assistance programmes put in place as a result of COVID-19. “Most of the hotels are closed as a result of the shutdown including the Grand Lucay

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500 free lunches for Bain and Grants Town

WHILE many Bahamians face hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bain and Grants Town community will not have empty stomachs as 500 free hot lunches are being home delivered daily. Area Member of Parliament Travis Robinson said his constituents ca

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Making face masks to help workers

WITH the government now ordering people to wear face masks when they leave their residence to help stop the spread of COVID-19, members of the Inner Wheel Club of East Nassau have started to make them. “When it became clear that wearing a mask, even

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Aiming to slow the spread

TO help slow the spread of COVID-19 John Watling’s Distillery has switched gears to produce a hand sanitizer for The Bahamas. Globally over 600 spirit manufacturers are now making hand sanitizer to combat the pandemic. As the only super-premium spi

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Linda survived Dorian only to find herself in a battle with COVID-19

HAVING barely survived Hurricane Dorian in early September, Abaco native Linda Albury did not anticipate she would soon have another battle to face - COVID-19.The 66-year-old told The Tribune yesterday her life has never been the same since the hurri

‘Family Islands lockdown could last four more weeks’

DEPUTY Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen said it could take another four weeks before the lockdown can end on Family Islands that have not yet recorded a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Detainees will not be sent home - for now

REPATRIATIONS are temporarily suspended in light of countries closing their borders and not accepting detainees, according to the officer in charge of the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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Law firms line up layoffs

Major Bahamian law firms yesterday revealed the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to temporarily lay-off staff, with one saying: "We haven't received a single fee in four weeks."

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2,000 claims stall in system

The National Insurance Board (NIB) yesterday revealed that some 2,000 unemployment benefit claims have “stalled” because employers have failed to file the required contributions statements.

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Bahamian investors: Our nation needs you

A prominent businessman is urging Bahamian investors and those with overseas capital holdings to “bring some of that back and help rebuild the local economy” in COVID-19’s wake. Sir Franklyn Wilson, the Arawak Homes and Sunshine Holdings chairman, t

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Bahamas holding off debt cost pressures

The Bahamas was the only Caribbean nation in early April to escape pressure on its bond yields amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report revealed yesterday. The IDB, in its 2020 first quarter “bulletin” on the regio

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Hotel union to feed the 5,500 with 'advance'

The hotel union’s president yesterday said it has “risen to the occasion” to provide COVID-19 relief to its 5,500 members via “an advance” from the industry’s Health and Welfare Fund.Darrin Woods told Tribune Business that the Bahamas Hotel, Catering

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$2bn blueprint: Cooper calls for huge increase in spending to tackle crisis fallout

DEPUTY Progressive Liberal Party leader Chester Cooper said the Minnis administration’s current budgets for unemployment, food, rental and social assistance during the COVID-19 crisis are “woefully understated” and should be aggressively increased.

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Nurses in dispute on crisis working

THE Public Hospitals Authority has changed the working shift of some nurses amid the COVID-19 crisis, it confirmed yesterday.

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Single mum’s ordeal echoed by so many

LIFE changed for 22-year-old Cassandra Thompson when she was laid off as a cashier with nowhere to turn.

Anglican schools and diocese hit by layoffs

THE Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas has laid off 66 employees and reduced the salaries of remaining employees by half. The move affects schools and churches under its banner. Yesterday, the organisation, which oversees The Bahamas as well as Turks

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Stretching his legs costs 71-year-old man $400

AN elderly man who told police he went outside to stretch his legs was fined $400 yesterday for violating the recent five-day lockdown.He was among several people who appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner for curfew and lockdown infractions.C

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Care packages for young mothers

A local non-profit organisation is distributing care packages to young mothers in need of essential items to care for their children. Felicia Carey, founder of Teen Life Skills Services, said after seeing a great need within local communities due to

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Four charged with various drug offences

TWO teenagers and two men were charged with drug possession in separate incidents in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Rashaun Mackey, 19, and a 17-year-old male appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner charged with possession of Indian Hemp wi

Five steps to battle virus

It goes without saying that we should minimize the loss of life where we can with challenges like Covid-19. But we must be careful to balance what feels good, with actually doing good. Parliament’s most recent response to the Covid-19 dilemma appears to be largely based on emotions and fear, for which neither forms the best framework for developing robust policy or effective measures. We must as a society recognize the fact that there are trade-offs to every policy pursued and no one factor supersedes all others.

Just let grocery shops open seven days a week

We hear a lot these days about flattening the curve but one has to wonder why our leaders think that the only curve to be flattened is COVID 19 infections.

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WNBA Draft: Higgs hopes to make Bahamian history

The WNBA Draft will continue as planned amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Lashann Higgs hopes to make Bahamian history by becoming the country’s third woman selected.

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Athletes named All-Americans

ALTHOUGH their seasons were cut short just before their final meets of the year, several Bahamian student-athletes received postseason awards and were named All-Americans in their respective divisions.

COVID-19 aid moves businesses to tears

A participant in the government’s $20m small business loan support initiative says many borrowers have been reduced to tears when approved for credit that will help pay staff. Robert Pantry, founder and chief executive of Simplified Lending, said no

Cooking gas suppliers face 'sky high' demand

Cooking gas operators yesterday reassured consumers they have adequate supplies to cope with a surge in demand during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown period. Barry Pratt, managing director of Island Gas, told Tribune Business : “Supplies are fine a

ART OF GRAPHIX: How to avoid the 'red eye'

Looking back at old photographs, you may see people with the phenomenon known as “red eye”, which develops as a result of using flash photography. What Causes Red Eye in Photographs? Taking a picture in low light causes the flash to go off close to

'Change mindset' for virtual queues

A Bahamian information technology (IT) provider yesterday urged businesses to “change their mindset” and embrace digital solutions to the problem of long customer lines during the COVID-19 crisis.Philip Darville, SolveIT Bahamas’ managing director, t

It's time for the people's time: Part 2

Establish a Sovereign Wealth Fund A sovereign wealth fund, sovereign investment fund, or social wealth fund is a state-owned investment fund that invests in real and financial assets such as stocks, bonds, real estate, precious metals, or even alt

Mask producers mixed over import prohibition

Local face mask producers yesterday had a mixed reaction to the prime minister’s decision to ban the importation of non-medical rivals in a bid to stimulate domestic manufacturing. Oscar Cerna, a local tailor, told Tribune Business that the move wou

Wednesday, April 15

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Long lines as gaming house hands out care packages

A gaming house handed out care packages to customers affected by COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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04152020 EDITION

Wednesday, 15th April, 2020.

Quarantine beauty: How to keep natural hair healthy at home

For many Bahamian women, the weeks of quarantine have not only meant a loss of socialising and moving about freely, but also the loss of their natural hair care maintenance routines.

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Penile implant leaves ‘permanent smile’ on pastor’s face

Since undergoing the first bionic penile implant surgery in the Bahamas, a local pastor’s life has been completely turned around – not only has his manhood been restored, but also his self-confidence and his joy in life.

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Classes for moms-to-be go online during quarantine

With the ongoing quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at Prenatal Pampering debated whether they should cancel their planned Spring classes. But Brenika Smith, a certified childbirth educator, and her team ultimately agreed: “Babies are still coming, and babies don’t get cancelled.”

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Gene mutations can predispose Bahamian men to prostate cancer

What does prostate cancer have in common with breast cancer?

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Biochemist turned author offers seven steps to achieve six-inch hair growth

Back home from college, financially broke, and looking for natural hair care products she could actually afford, led Keshia Smith down the route of cooking up her own hair treatments right in her kitchen.

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LIFE LINES: One day at a time

The current restrictions imposed on our movements are frustrating but they are working and are for our protection. We can all agree on that. The best thing to do right now is to accept these circumstances, challenging as they may be.

EDITORIAL: Choosing the right solution

TWO futures to choose from – but which path will we take?

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ALICIA WALLACE: Why we need a proper plan, not just reactions

Last week I saw a Facebook post that stated the government plan to deal with the COVID-19 crisis is a good one, but the people lack discipline. I stopped and re-read it several times, wondering whether or not it was sarcasm. I waited for people to comment, interested in the conversation it would spark. People seemed to, for the most part, agree with the statement.

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Four new confirmed cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that there are four additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 53.

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‘Govt is not responding to struggling Bahamians’

PLP leader Philip Davis has criticised Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ recent national address for not responding to the urgent needs of struggling Bahamians with no food and or money.

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How Rajiv is making the best of it in Canada

RAJIV Williams, a first year student studying in Canada, is among the scores of Bahamian students unable to return home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Govt provides cash to people stuck in US

THE Bahamas government has provided cash to some desperate Bahamians stuck in the United States, often to help with their living accommodations during the COVID-19 crisis, according to Bahamas Ambassador to the United States Sidney Collie.

'Budgeting so important in tough times'

A LOCAL economist is urging people to create feasible budgets in a time when economic recovery might be 18 to 24 months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Prison planning to make reusable masks

OFFICIALS at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services are hoping to implement in-house reusable cloth mask production as a part of the prison’s strategy to safeguard officers and prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the compound.

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600 tested for virus

ABOUT 600 people have been tested for COVID-19, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday, adding health officials are hoping to test “several hundred more” by the end of the week.

'Guidelines for dealing with infected corpses sufficient'

DEPUTY Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen has said officials are not overly concerned about the transmission of COVID-19 from infected bodies to health and other industry professionals who handle the dead.

Realtor chief forecasts 20% property price fall

The Bahamas Real Estate Association’s (BREA) president yesterday forecast a 20 percent price cut across the real estate market as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Christine Wallace-Whitfield, pictured , told Tribune Business: “I think prices will

Top auto dealer lays-off 80 staff

A major auto dealer yesterday confirmed it is temporarily laying-off 80 staff as the industry prepares to make its case to the government for a partial opening amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Fred Albury, the Auto Mall’s principal, told Tribune Business

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Tourism grapples with 'new normal'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the tourism industry’s “contact sport” must grapple with a “new normal” focused on health and safety in a post-COVID-19 environment. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister for tourism and aviation, told reporters outside the

Govt's $20m small business loan facility 60% oversubscribed

The government’s $20m small business support initiative has already been oversubscribed by some 60 percent, data provided to Tribune Business revealed last night.Figures supplied by the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) showed that micro and s

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Residents in Long Island to get free counselling

STARTING today, Long Island residents will receive free COVID-19 counselling sessions courtesy of psychologist Dr Barrington Brennen, according to MP Adrian Gibson.

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Car flips over on Prince Charles Drive

This car overturned early Tuesday morning on Prince Charles Drive and crashed into the wall of the Anglican Church of the Epiphany.

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Take IMF’s 6.7% growth forecast ‘with grain of salt’

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) projection yesterday that The Bahamas will swiftly rebound from COVID-19 despair with 6.7 percent GDP growth in 2021 “must be taken with a grain of salt”.

Anglican Diocese lays off 14 Diocesan Office staff and 52 from schools

The Anglican Diocese has announced that it will lay off 14 Diocesan Office staff and 52 staffers from three of its schools (St. John’s College, St. Anne’s School and St. Andrew’s School), due to the financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Realtors look for tax cuts

A prominent realtor yesterday urged the Government to slash the tax rate on property sales by 50 percent and "cut all the red tape" to stimulate "real money" inflows to The Bahamas.

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30,000 apply for NIB assistance

THE National Insurance Board has paid out more than $5m in unemployment benefits to workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, NIB officials said yesterday.

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‘We didn’t threaten doctors’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday he was “flabbergasted” to learn of doctors allegedly being threatened with non-contract renewal if they choose not to volunteer in the COVID-19 fight.

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San Salvador’s satellite scare

A satellite that crash landed in San Salvador on Sunday, puzzling and scaring residents, was brought down by its manufacturer as part of a coordinated event.

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Court deals with lockdown and curfew violations

A MEXICAN man who claimed he violated the national curfew one morning last month because he was looking for snacks and water was fined $650 yesterday.

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Man denies girlfriend assault

A 28-year-old man yesterday denied allegations of assaulting his girlfriend with a deadly weapon earlier this month.

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$1,700 fine or prison for marijuana possession

A 39-year-old was ordered to pay a $1,700 fine or face five months in prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing more than two ounces of weed.

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CARIFTA postponed

Like the 2020 Olympic Games, which has been called off until next year, the 2020 CARIFTA Games has now been postponed until 2021.

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BAAA president sets record straight on Nationals

ALTHOUGH the governing body of track and field, World Athletics, has reserved a date for their member countries to hold their national championships in August, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations president Drumeco Archer said the Bahamas’ nationals could only be held at that time if the Bahamas Government gives the clearance to stage any local events.

All is not lost

We, as human beings, across the globe and in this coronavirus assault as one and we are united.

We are a visionless people

The plague that besets us and awakened nations to the realization that over dependence on outsiders to supply the necessities could spell their destruction like nothing else and we in this produce-nothing Bahamas are especially vulnerable.

Tuesday, April 14

Govt to 'spread' tech hub beyond Freeport

The deputy prime minister yesterday said the government will “certainly” seek to spread the Grand Bahama technology hub initiative to other islands in a bid to jumpstart the economy post-COVID-19. K Peter Turnquest, speaking to reporters outside the

It's time for the people's time

This year I turned 30. A welcome turning point in a person’s life. However, my future and that of my fellow millennials appears to be quite bleak. Imagine coming of age and kickstarting adulthood in the middle of a financial crisis, then having to ac

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Tuesday, 14th April, 2020.

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04142020 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Tuesday, 14th April, 2020.

EDITORIAL: It’s time for the doctors to show up, too

AS Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis gave his national address yesterday on the latest state of the battle against coronavirus, there was one note that sounded odd.

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FACE TO FACE: A life filled with a hundred silver linings

A lockdown amid a global pandemic could be a good thing if you look on the bright side. There’s an opportunity to get proper rest, start a new hobby, connect with your family like never before, or take time for self improvement.

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So what did you do during the lockdown?

SO what was lockdown like for you?

4,000 in Abaco are in ‘dire need’ of food

FOUR thousand people in Abaco are in “dire need” of food after COVID-19 disrupted their food chain supply, says the cofounder of Idea Relief, a Bahamian non-profit organisation filling the void left when the contagious coronavirus prompted international NGOs to leave the island.

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Bimini residents are 'holding on'

RESIDENTS of Bimini said they are not worried about a surge of COVID-19 cases sweeping the island despite one resident dying from the coronavirus and another testing positive for the contagious disease.

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Dr Sands looking to improve testing options

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said officials are examining options to increase COVID-19 PCR test supplies, suggesting this includes an option to buy supplies from the Cayman Islands, which recently acquired 200,000 kits from a South Korean company.

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Shopping schedule suspended for one week

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced the suspension of the food shopping schedule for the remainder of this week.

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MOODY’S - WE SEE GROWTH NEXT YEAR

The deputy prime minister yesterday warned "there is no restart button" for fully relaunching a Bahamian economy that Moody's is projecting will grow by 2 percent next year.

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Atlantis reopening? I haven’t a clue

Atlantis's top executive has warned thousands of furloughed staff members that COVID-19's uncertainties make it almost impossible "to predict" when the mega resort will re-open.

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Super Value chief blasts fake 'mask seize' claim

Super Value’s chief yesterday blasted the “mischief maker” behind an e-mail falsely claiming the government seized $176,000 worth of masks from it, adding: “We need to fight the virus, not each other.”Besides “categorically denying” the assertions in

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Foreign reserves not behind curb on fund transfers

The Central Bank’s governor last night denied that money transfer businesses are being restricted from conducting international transactions to help preserve The Bahamas’ foreign currency reserves.John Rolle, in an e-mailed answer to Tribune Business

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Financial services faces 'catastrophic' COVID-10 fall-out

A Bahamian financial services executive has warned the COVID-19 pandemic will be “very catastrophic” for the industry, adding: “No sector of our economy will be spared.”Paul Moss, head of Dominion Management Services, warned that the global economic

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Waiting game: PM signals long road ahead as lockdown ends

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the country is making progress against COVID-19 and that the physical distancing measures he implemented are working. However, he said, it is not clear how long the strict emergency orders will need to remain in place.

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US to let safety kit through

SENIOR US government officials have assured that shipments of medical supplies to The Bahamas will no longer be blocked or frozen during the COVID-19 crisis, according to Bahamas Ambassador to the United States Sidney Collie.

Doctors’ contact concern

THE Bahamas Doctors Union has called on the Ministry of Health to create a clear strategy that highlights the role it wants doctors to play in the country’s COVID-19 response, warning that a failure to do so could result in a devastating economic and health fallout for the country.

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PETER YOUNG: Walking the tightrope of protecting health without killing economy

The complete lockdown in The Bahamas over the last five days may have been regarded by many as excessively heavy-handed. But others have welcomed such tough action in response to the coronavirus crisis on the grounds it is better to enforce social distancing in this way than risk a spread of the virus that could devastate this country’s relatively small population. Many complain, however, the government’s decisions could have been communicated better and with more notice.

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Grand Bahamian point guard Joanna secures scholarship

Through the assistance of the Darrell Sears Basketball Showcase, Grand Bahamian point guard Joanna Munroe has secured a scholarship to attend Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas, in August.

Johnson: ‘All my hard work and dedication has gone down the drain’

THE Easter holiday weekend was expected to be a time when the Bahamas Aquatics Federation capitalised on the opportunity to successfully defend their CARIFTA championship titles.However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the meet was another casualty in the world of sports.

First $60m tax credit approvals this week

The Ministry of Finance’s top official says the first approvals for companies qualifying for the government’s $60m tax credit/deferral relief initiative should be issued this week.Marlon Johnson, the acting financial secretary, told Tribune Business

Planning to cope with every crisis

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic I have had numerous conversations surrounding business continuity plans (BCPs). What became evident were apparent deficiencies surrounding scenarios other than cyber attacks and natural disasters.It is critica

Monday, April 13

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BPL creates COVID-19 relief programme

Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. (BPL) has created a COVID-19 Relief Programme for customers who are diagnosed with COVID-19, customers who are in COVID-19-related quarantine, and customers who have been laid off because of COVID-19.

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PM: Two new cases of COVID-19, alphabetical shopping schedule temporarily suspended

IN his national address on Monday night, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced that there are two new cases of COVID-19 in the country. The total number of cases now stands at 49.

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Arrests on Grand Bahama over holiday weekend

Police in Grand Bahama made several arrests over the holiday weekend.

Sunday, April 12

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A BIRD’S EYE VIEW: Deserted streets during Easter weekend (Photos and video)

Drone footage and photographs of New Providence taken during the Easter weekend lockdown showing empty roads and deserted areas downtown.

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New Providence under lockdown – photos and video

The Bahamas is under a complete lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the streets of New Providence eerily quiet.

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SUNDAY COVID-19 UPDATE: One newly confirmed case

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health announced that there is one additional confirmed case of COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 47.

Saturday, April 11

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SATURDAY: Four newly confirmed cases of COVID-19; 46 in total

The Ministry of Health said on Saturday that there are four newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Inner Wheel making masks to meet demand

WITH the government now ordering people to wear face masks when they leave their residence to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, members of the Inner Wheel Club of East Nassau has started to make them.

Friday, April 10

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Govt gives cash to help Bahamians stuck in US

THE Bahamas government has provided cash to some desperate Bahamians stuck in the United States, often to help with their living accommodations during the COVID-19 crisis, according to Bahamas Ambassador to the United States Sidney Collie.

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One new case of COVID-19 diagnosed, takes total to 42

The Ministry of Health has confirmed one more case of COVID-19 in The Bahamas, bringing the total number in the country to 42.

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Medical supplies blocked by US will arrive next week

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said a shipment of medical supplies ordered by the Ministry of Health but blocked by US officials will arrive in the country next week.

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Hours of opening announced for Flamingo Gardens clinic during lockdown

THE government announced on Friday opening hours for the Flamingo Gardens Clinic during the lockdown.

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Govt: Moody's decision no surprise given strain of pandemic

The Government today said Moody’s decision to place The Bahamas’ credit rating on downgrade review was “unfortunate but not surprising” given the “strain” imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UPDATED: Bahamas rating under review for downgrade, says Moody's

Moody’s has predicted that the Bahamian economy will shrink by 8 percent this year as it put this nation “under review” for a downgrade to so-called “junk” status.

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Schools stay closed and examinations postponed

ALL schools will remain closed until further advice is received from the Ministry of Health, a statement announced on Friday – and all examinations will be postponed with no date given for when they will be held.

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How to make the most of Easter at home

The four-day Easter holiday is always considered to be one of the best holidays for kids with egg hunts, visits from the Easter bunny and parties at kid venues - but with the country placed under a complete lockdown for the entire weekend, it will be challenging to find ways to ensure Easter is not just another day in quarantine.

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Grand Cay residents face lockdown without adequate phone and internet services

GRAND Cay residents are facing the COVID-19 lockdown without adequate internet and phone services, challenging those seeking education, healthcare and other services.

Thursday, April 9

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PM announces ban on import of non-medical masks to help develop local industry

The importation of non-medical protective face masks will be prohibited, effective 8am Friday 10 April 2020, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced today.

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Eighth death from COVID-19 confirmed

ANOTHER person has died from COVID-19, bringing the number of related deaths in the country to eight, according to the Ministry of Health.

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COVID-19: Minister issues nursing home precautions

MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands has issued special precautions that must be taken to make sure seniors in nursing homes are safe from the spread of COVID-19.

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Bahamian nurse in Arizona turns to prayer to cope with COVID-19 fears

SHENIQUA Rolle, a Bahamian registered critical care nurse living in Tucson, Arizona, says she uses prayer to combat the fear of catching the deadly novel coronavirus.

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Pair who were missing at sea are safe in Cuba

CICELY Armbrister can now sleep peacefully at night knowing that her husband, who was missing at sea for over a week, has been found and is safe in Cuba.

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John Bull confirms ‘temporary’ layoffs

IN a statement confirming the “temporary” layoffs of all team members, luxury retailer John Bull said the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is something many people have not seen in their lifetime.

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FRONT PORCH: Gratitude for Big Things and Small Things

During a call with an acquaintance who lost her job and who has not been paid for two months, she gave a somewhat surprising answer when asked how she was coping with the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting strain on her.

Wednesday, April 8

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Several plead guilty to violating curfew

SEVERAL people were ordered to pay a $500 fine or face three months in prison after they pleaded guilty to violating the national curfew or the weekend lockdown recently implemented by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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UPDATED: Officials project nearly 90 confirmed COVID-19 cases by Sunday

HEALTHCARE officials have projected that the country will have nearly 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19 by Sunday.

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UN Secretary-General: COVID-19 pandemic 'one of the most dangerous challenges in our lifetime'

THE Covid-19 pandemic is “one of the most dangerous challenges this world has faced in our lifetime. It is above all a human crisis with severe health and socio-economic consequences.”

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04082020 EDITION

Wednesday, 8th April, 2020.

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TACKLING THE COVID-19 CRISIS: What ideas do you have?

With regards to tackling the COVID-19 crisis, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said there is no monopoly on good ideas and he wants the public to make suggestions. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis also called out to the Bahamian people, saying: "We want your ideas."

Emergency Powers amendment: Masks must be worn when leaving home

The government has made an amendment to its Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations, requiring anyone leaving their residence to wear a mask.

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Local shipping company not allowed to access imported medical supplies

A representative of a local shipping company is dismayed after being told by US officials that they will not be allowed to access imported medical supplies to help in the fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus.

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Man charged with death threats

A 23-year-old man was yesterday ordered to pay a $1,000 fine or face six months in prison after threatening to kill a woman whose car hit his car.

EDITORIAL: We must adapt to survive

WHEN something is not working as you planned, there are two things you can do.

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ALICIA WALLACE: We won’t get everything right and the shopping strategy has sparked the panic it’s meant to avoid

Following the weekend lockdown on short notice, introduction of a grocery shopping schedule and the announcement of a complete shutdown from Wednesday night to Tuesday morning was no great surprise.

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Dames: Don't confront police in these difficult times

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames is urging Bahamians to not confront police when approached by officers during the country’s lockdown.

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Dangers facing workers on the frontline

ONE local doctor has spoken of the “frightening” reality of being on the COVID-19 frontline.

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Hundreds lose jobs as Cable Bahamas and John Bull shut shops

Cable Bahamas yesterday confirmed the temporary lay-off of almost 100 staff as its top executive revealed that major corporate clients are warning "daily" they may stop using its services.

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What's the 'game plan' for economic revival?

The government must “come up with a game plan” for bringing The Bahamas out of COVID-19 lockdown and kickstarting economic recovery, a governance reformer urged yesterday.Robert Myers, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) principal, to

Commission faces battle over broker's winding-up

A former Bahamian broker/dealer yesterday pledged to fight the Securities Commission’s bid to place it in court-supervised liquidation over concerns it asserts are “completely baseless”. Guy Gentile, principal of Mint Broker International, told Trib

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Super Value chief targets six months of food inventory

Super Value’s principal yesterday revealed he is seeking to build six months’ worth of food inventories as he branded the extended shopping hours as a “relief” for both merchants and consumers.Rupert Roberts voiced optimism to Tribune Business that t

Co-ordinate for up to 3,500 COVID-19 masks every week

Seamstresses and tailors yesterday said they can produce between 1,000 and 3,500 COVID-19 face masks per week with better government co-ordination.Phylicia Ellis, a fashion designer and seamstress, told Tribune Business: “I listened to the prime mini

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Mother and daughter charged with causing harm

A MOTHER and daughter were charged on Wednesday with damaging their neighbour’s car and assaulting another neighbour with a golf club.

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Man charged with robbing two men at gunpoint

A 21-year-old man was remanded to prison on Wednesday after he was charged with holding two men at gunpoint and robbing them of over $1,000 worth of stolen goods last month.

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Govt adds to list of essential shoppers for Thursday

The government has added to the list of essential workers who may shop on Thursday.

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Wendy's confirms COVID-19 case

WENDY’S Bahamas yesterday confirmed an employee tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

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‘Cheaper items are being bought up quickly’

ITEMS like bread, meat, milk and some canned goods were flying off supermarket shelves yesterday as people flocked to stores.

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UPDATED: Hunt for drive-by gunman

A MAN was killed at Hampton Street Tuesday afternoon by a gunman who also shot at police. The drive-by shooting took place shortly before 1pm when a man was standing on Hampton Street, off Mount Royal Avenue, when he was approached by a gunman who exited a black vehicle and opened fire.

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91-year-old man is latest virus death

A 91-year-old man died in hospital on Monday, becoming the country’s sixth COVID-19 death.

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Minnis sends good wishes to UK PM

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has sent best wishes for a speedy recovery to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson.

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‘Domestic violence is intensified during a lockdown’

WITH experts around the world sounding the alarm that COVID-19 lockdowns will lead to an increase in domestic violence, a local psychologist says victims need to make an ‘escape plan’ just in case.

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Take virus threat more seriously, urges Sands

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands is again urging the country to take the COVID-19 threat more seriously, saying Bahamians are particularly “vulnerable” to the infectious disease due to a high rate of non-communicable diseases in the country.

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Fined for buying chicken wings during lockdown

THREE women who claimed they violated the weekend lockdown on Saturday afternoon to buy chicken wings were fined $250 yesterday.

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Andros man on murder charge

AN Andros man was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday with murdering another man last week. Clinton Forbes, 30, stood before Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with the death of Calvin Harrison Rolle on April 1.

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Williams: 'I am following the guidelines and trying to stay healthy'

HAVING had to rescheduled his next professional fight and his Bard Yard Rumble Promotional card, Sherman 'the Tank' Williams is encouraging Bahamians to follow the rules of the Government so the Bahamas can get through the Coronavirus Pandemic as quickly as possible.

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Deandre Ayton selected for new E-Sports venture

THE NBA season has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but through E-Sports, the league looks to continue its fan engagement and Deandre Ayton was one of several NBA players selected to participate in a new venture.

Bahamas Esports Federation host League of Legends community national team trials

THE Bahamas Esports Federation, which is now a part of the International Esports Federation, hosted its League of Legends community national team trials over the weekend.

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New social media app: ‘You want it. We’ll runnit’

HE was known for his speed and now that he’s officially retired, Olympic and World Championship sprinter Jamial Rolle is taking advantage of his talent in the form of a new business concept that he’s hoping will fast track his post track and field career.

It should not be business as usual after COVID-19

Today there is an eerie silence across the globe. Bustling cities have gone quiet and highways that were once jammed with bumper to bumper traffic, are empty. In homes, thousands of families are anxiously awaiting a phone call from a hospital about their loved ones. Many have already received the devastating news that their mother, father, child, spouse, sibling or friend has died from coronavirus complications - often without the comfort of someone familiar to hold their hands.

I fear I'm seeing elements of a police state out there

We are sitting back as citizens in this country and allowing our country to become a police state!

Gas retailers struggle amid COVID-19 rush

Bahamian gas station operators yesterday said they were struggling to cope with a COVID-19-inspired demand surge that they compared to pre-hurricane preparations. Vasco Bastian, the Esso station owner at East Street and Soldier Road, told Tribune Bu

Business continuity - from novel idea to vital strategy

Business continuity plans (BCP) seemed a novel idea only months ago for many businesses. Most felt that disaster recovery plans geared towards managing the impacts of hurricanes were sufficient. However, COVID-19 has proven that many business owners

Extended hours provoke mixed food store reaction

Food store operators yesterday had mixed reactions to the government’s decision to extend shopping hours to 10pm ahead of the Easter lockdown in a bid to ease long customer lines. Bradley Rolle, Centreville Food Market’s general manager, told Tribun

Tuesday, April 7

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Flight takes British nationals back to London

A FLIGHT left Nassau yesterday taking British nationals back to London.

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04072020 EDITION

Tuesday, 7th April, 2020.

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COVID-19: Sixth death and three new cases confirmed

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the overnight death of Case #20, a hospitalised 91-year-old male from New Providence with no history of travel. This is the nation's sixth COVID-19 death. Investigations are being conducted.

EDITORIAL: It’s going to be a long week

WHEN the country shuts down again on Wednesday, through the Easter Weekend until it returns to 24-hour curfew status on Tuesday morning, it will be an experience few of us will have experienced.

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PETER YOUNG: We’ve seen it before - British bonding when their backs are against the wall

Such is the plethora of information in the media about coronavirus, particularly the serious developments in the US which are worsening by the day with a rising death toll, that the facts do not bear repetition.

Winning the war against COVID-19

COVID-19 has moved with lightning speed around the globe. From a cluster in Wuhan, China declared on December 31, it has caused over 1 million cases with 50,000 deaths worldwide in three months.

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FACE TO FACE: Struggling to cope in this crisis? Imagine if you couldn’t see . . .

The global pandemic created by the Covid-19 virus has resulted in fear and anxiety for many as people the world over face uncertain times. People are taking measures to protect themselves, including distancing themselves from others, wearing masks and gloves.

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Lloyd urges online learning as schools set to stay closed

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd has said schools will not open until the competent authority gives approval as he urged parents to ensure students are registered for online learning.

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NIB faces demands of $16m per month

THE National Insurance Board will have to brace for a massive drawdown on its financial resources of at least an additional $16 million per month.

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I don’t know where my next meal is going to come from, says mother

LYDIA King is 60-years-old, unemployed and disabled. She does not know how she and her mentally ill son will get food to eat during the five-day lockdown that begins tomorrow.

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VIDEO: Long lines at supermarkets ahead of lockdown

Supermarkets were plagued by long lines on Tuesday, with customers eager to stock up on groceries before the Easter Weekend lockdown.

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Bahamas 'steepest' faller in 3-week hotels wipe-out

The Bahamas’ suffered “the steepest” COVID-19 tourism decline of all Caribbean nations with its number one industry virtually wiped out in three weeks, new research suggests. Data from STR, formerly known as Smith’s Travel Research and a widely-used

Target '30-40%' of food needs from local farmers

Bahamian farmers would be able to “ramp up” production to supply 30-40 percent of this nation’s food needs within three years if the government provides the necessary funding and support.Caron Shepherd, president of the newly-formed Bahamas Agro Entr

Food supply chain in lockdown 'strain'

A Bahamian bread supplier yesterday revealed that the government’s total weekend lockdown had disrupted production to the extent that fulfilling orders by major retailers was impacted. Kimani Smith, Purity Bakery’s general manager, told Tribune Busine

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NIB facing three times' its annual claims volumes

The National Insurance Board (NIB) has just days to process three times’ the number of benefits claims it receives in a typical year due to the COVID-19 crisis, a Cabinet minister said yesterday. Brensil Rolle, minister of the public service and nat

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'Crème de la crème' over Cayman deal

A Bahamian insurer is poised to become a “crème de la crème” operator, its chairman argued yesterday, after teaming with a Caribbean partner to pull-off a Cayman Islands acquisition.Sir Franklyn Wilson told Tribune Business that RoyalStar Assurance’s

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UPDATED: If we carry on like this, we will not cope

THE number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 33, with four new cases diagnosed in New Providence.

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GET USED TO IT: Weekend shutdowns for whole of April, Easter written off by five-day ‘stay in’

ANOTHER nationwide lockdown will begin at 9pm on Wednesday and last until 5am next Tuesday as the country fights the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Medical masks only for frontline staff

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has encouraged residents to wear non-medical masks in public to fight COVID-19 and prevent asymptomatic carriers from unknowingly spreading the disease.

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Shoppers flock to stores as shutdown bites

RESIDENTS in New Providence flocked to grocery stores yesterday shortly after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced the five-day lockdown.

Media boss has to send staff home

WENDELL Jones, CEO of JCN, said yesterday that the media organisation has “sent some staff home” as the industry grapples with the coronavirus crisis.

‘I honestly thought I was going to die’

A MAN who tested positive for COVID-19 has told The Tribune how he battled the disease through self-medicating, quarantine and advice from his doctor.

Family speak of their heartache after father, 80, dies of COVID-19

CHAD Bartlett will miss his 80-year-old father’s laughter and business-like demeanour the most now that he is gone.

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Court deals with curfew violation charges

SEVERAL people appeared in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged with violating the national curfew and the weekend lockdown recently implemented by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Man fined $7,000 for dealing in marijuana

A man was ordered to pay $7,000 or face two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to drug possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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COVID-19 challenging for amateur and pro athletes

Bahamian athletes, both at home and abroad, have struggled with maintaining their training and physical activity under strict government-mandated lockdowns and curfews.

Start of the meltdown

The United States have gone berserk.

Inequalities of lockdown

As a (construction) owner’s representative/Project Manager in the Bahamas I spend the vast majority of my time refereeing and (trying to) keep a fair balance between some extraordinarily wealthy globe-trotting foreigners and some incredibly poor and downtrodden local construction workers (plus a fair share of legal Haitian immigrants). What has taken me some time to get my head around and put a voice to – is the glaring inequality of this lockdown.

Experts warn 2020 hurricane season will be 'above average'

WEATHER experts are warning that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is poised to be an above average one, with two to four major hurricanes expected.

Consumers face 'all out war' to restock

Food retailers yesterday said Bahamians are “abiding” by the government’s new shopping list protocol even though the upcoming five-day lockdown means many face “an all-out war” to restock. Bradley Rolle, Centreville Food Market’s general manager, to

Govt to 'accelerate' local food production

The government is allocating $1.627m “to accelerate food production” through various measures designed to reduce The Bahamas’ dependence on imports, a Cabinet minister said yesterday. Michael Pintard, minister of agriculture and marine resources, to

E-commerce providers in 75% demand uptick

E-commerce businesses have seen a dramatic spike in demand for their services as they try to keep pace with the influx of new customers amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Ryan Turnquest, owner of Discount Distributors, the manager of the produceexpresss.com

Monday, April 6

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04062020 EDITION

Monday, 6th April, 2020.

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NIB pays out $555,000

THE National Insurance Board has paid out more than half a million dollars in unemployment assistance to self-employed workers in the tourism sector who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Drivers return to work after walkout

NATIONAL Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) staff returned to work on Saturday, after walking off the job the day before due to COVID-19 safety concerns.In a statement released by the Public Hospitals Authority this weekend, officials noted workers wi

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Doctors Hospital closed for public safety

The decision to temporarily close Doctors Hospital to the general public was made by health officials in an effort to protect healthcare workers and the Bahamian public at large against the COVID-19 threat, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

Daughter told her bed-ridden mother cannot be assisted

KIM Sturrup experienced a daughter’s worst nightmare on Saturday after being told her mother’s caretaker would not be allowed to leave her home to clean her mother’s painful wounds due to the country being on full lockdown. Speaking to The Tribune y

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INSIGHT: When the doors were ordered closed, a new world opened up for students and teachers

When Tambearly International School implemented Google for Education tools into subject area curriculum grades seven through 12 in 2017, we had no idea how valuable it would prove to be.

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INSIGHT: Selfishly dicing with death - it’s that simple

COVID-19, or what some health experts and those on the frontline have begun referring to as “the beast”, has infected over a million people worldwide and taken the lives of nearly 70,000 people – a 100 percent increase in just a week. Of those dead, some of our brothers and sisters were also taken from us in another week highlighting a disregard by some of the guidelines put in place by the government to save our lives.

‘Laying the staff off worst day of my life’

A major Bahamian hardware retailer's principal yesterday said it was "the worst decision I've had to make in my life" to temporarily lay-off nearly 70 staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘Lockdown directive left us in chaos'

Super Value's principal yesterday said inadequate warning of the weekend lockdown caused late Friday "chaos" at food stores with police officers even threatening to shoot unless persons went home.

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$700m needed to support up to 100,000 jobless

The government needs to borrow $700m from the domestic banking system to support household incomes given that the jobless total may reach six-figures, a Bahamian banker warned yesterday.Julian Brown, pictured, president and chief executive of BISX-li

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Bahamas needs 'asue mentality' for its recovery

The Bahamas must “pool resources like never before” if it is to successfully jump-start the economy once COVID-19 has passed, a banker urge yesterday, adding: “We need that asue mentality.”Gowon Bowe, pictured, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) chief financial

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UPDATED: Nationwide lockdown from Wednesday 9pm till next Tuesday

ANOTHER nationwide lockdown will begin at 9pm on Wednesday and last until 5am next Tuesday as the country fights the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced in the House of Assembly on Monday.

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Police probe patient data leak

ROYAL Bahamas Police Force investigators are expected in Grand Bahama today to investigate how confidential patient records were leaked from the Rand Memorial Hospital and disseminated on social media, Commissioner Paul Rolle told The Tribune yesterday.

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Alphabet soup! Families given shopping day rota

THE Office of the Prime Minister has announced that starting today, a food shopping schedule will come into effect for the entire country.

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‘I wished we could have said goodbye’: Wife’s sadness as leading specialist claimed by virus

THE death of Dr Judson Eneas, 72, due to COVID-19 complications left his wife unable to say goodbye to her husband of nearly 50 years. On Tuesday, March 31, Dr Eneas was taken to hospital after his condition began to decline. He suffered through symptoms of the virus for several days prior to his death, according to his nephew.

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WORLD VIEW: CARICOM should help but Guyana must save itself

THE image and standing of Guyana are being tarnished throughout the world. Yet, a small window of opportunity remains open for the country to be regarded as democratic and for its government to be hailed as legitimate.

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Woman arrested for making threats to officers

POLICE have arrested a woman for making threats against officers.

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Man hurt after gun shots fired

A GRAND Bahama man was shot on Thursday night, police said.

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Jones: ‘I’m back home’

Jonquel ‘JJ’ Jones, the Bahamas’ top female professional basketball player, is back home in Grand Bahama after escaping Russia before the coronavirus pandemic exploded and now she’s urging Bahamians to heed the warnings by the government officials.

EDITORIAL: A Bahamas for Bahamians

IT’S hard to imagine just now – but picture what life will be like when this current crisis is over.

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China donates 1,000 COVID-19 testing kits

THE People’s Republic of China has donated 1,000 COVID-19 test kits to the Bahamian government. “At a time when COVID-19 threatens the entire world, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China has extended its kind hand of generosity by donating 1

Dialysis patient, 79, adds to death toll

A 79-year-old dialysis patient is one of the country’s COVID-19 related deaths.

Dr Eneas touched lives – and raised up our spirits

On Saturday - the day before Palm Sunday - Dr. Judson Frazier Eneas, passed from time to eternity. The media reports that he is the first Bahamian physician to succumb to COVID19. I agree with the quote that The Nassau Guardian attributes to his colleague, Dr. Charles Diggis, “the ultimate sacrifice – doctors on the frontline – patient above self.”

Catching the world off-guard

“Where there is love grace abounds

Govt identifies $300m in COVID-19 funding

The government has to-date identified $300m in funding it can access should the COVID-19 pandemic force it to go outside its revised post-Dorian financing structure. K Peter Turnquest, deputy prime minister, told Tribune Business : “We have lined up

COVID-19 to 'absolutely' cause business closures

A Chamber of Commerce director has warned there will “absolutely” be permanent business closures across the Bahamian economy once it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Tara Morley, who is also the Bahamas Federation of Retailers (BFR) co-president,

Broker refutes regulator's 'ponzi scheme' assertions

A former Bahamas-based broker/dealer last night accused the Securities Commission of failing to understand a business model that the regulator had branded “akin to a ‘ponzi’ scheme”.Guy Gentile, principal of SureTrader and MintBroker International, t

NIB: Over $500,000 to tourism self-employed

The National Insurance Board (NIB) yesterday said it has paid-out more than $500,000 in the first tranche of help for self-employed persons in the tourism sector hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The social security system, in a statement, disclosed: “T

Price regulators back ‘no gouging’ on eggs

Consumer protection regulators have confirmed there is no “price gouging” on eggs despite complaints that costs have doubled in just two weeks.

Paying the price in battling COVID-19

The United Nations’ (UN) Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has predicted the the economic impact from COVID-19 is expected to be more intense that the 2008 global financial crisis. The Caribbean is expected to be impacte

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ACTIVTRADES: The end of the line for cruise ships?

The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic over the global economy is threatening to trigger an unprecedented depression; the latest forecast from Goldman Sachs for the United States predicts a contraction of 34 percent in GDP on the second quarter of

Cable Bahamas teams for cash bill payments

Cable Bahamas has teamed with a Bahamian money transmission services provider to enable customers to pay their REV bills in cash during the COVID-19 pandemic. Barry Malcom, SunCash’s director, said: “Sun Island Transfers Ltd or SunCash is very pleas

Sunday, April 5

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COVID-19: Ministry confirms fifth death, one new case

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the overnight death of Case #18, a 72-year-old man and health care worker from New Providence who was hospitalised with no history of travel. Investigations are being conducted. This brings the total number of deaths to five.

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Food shopping schedule announced

The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that starting tomorrow, Monday 6 April, until further notice, the following food shopping schedule comes into effect for the entire Bahamas.

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UPDATED – COVID-19: Fifth death confirmed, four new cases

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: Dr Judson Eneas, 72, died last night in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, confirmed Health Minister Dr Duane Sands. He is the country's first physician to die from COVID-19 and the fifth victim of the virus.

Tributes paid as physician dies of COVID-19

Dr Judson Eneas, 72, died last night in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, confirmed Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

Saturday, April 4

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Police establish WhatsApp number due to high volume of 311 calls

The police wish to inform the public that, due to the high volume of calls to their 311 number, many people are not getting through to the COVID-19 Command Center.

Patient’s death investigated

A GRAND Bahama resident with COVID-19 died overnight and officials are investigating whether the death was related to the virus.

Friday, April 3

Elizabeth Estates Clinic reopened after temporary closure

THE Ministry of Health has announced that the Elizabeth Estates Clinic, which was temporarily closed for cleaning, was reopened to the general public on Tuesday.

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UPDATED: Complete shutdown of all services from 8pm Friday until 5am Monday

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced on Friday more stringent measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including a complete shutdown of all services in the country until Monday morning.

Special flight to London for British tourists, short-term visitors

THE British High Commission in Nassau has announced a special flight to take remaining British tourists and short-term visitors back to London.

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Man charged with attempted murder, violating curfew

A MAN was arraigned at the Magistrate Court on Friday for attempted murder and violating curfew.

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04032020 EDITION

Friday, 3rd April, 2020.

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04032017 WEEKEND

Friday, 3rd April, 2020.

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Man charged with murder, violating curfew

A 20-year-old man was charged in the Magistrate’s court on Friday for murder and violating the curfew.

EDITORIAL: Where's the firm 'no' we gave to the Braemar?

YOU would be forgiven if you were not comforted by the words of Renward Wells MP with regard to cruise ships.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Shopping by alphabet? My name starts with Z!

THIS week, the ‘Corona Chronicles’ continue.

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Five-year-old child and woman in hospital after latest shooting

A WOMAN and a five-year-old child are in hospital after being shot near a home in Elizabeth Estates yesterday morning, police have said. According to reports, shortly before 10am yesterday, the woman and child had just arrived at a home on Nauri Cre

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Fusion employees 'tired of excuses'

FUSION employees recently placed on unpaid leave amid the COVID-19 crisis have hit out at owners of the entertainment centre, saying they are tired of “excuses” about payroll.Last week, the superplex told its employees Fusion was facing a payroll def

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Domes handed over in Abaco

THE first temporary domes were handed over to families in Abaco yesterday as part of recovery efforts following Hurricane Dorian.

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Virus may mean changes to screening for air controllers

AVIATION Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar revealed yesterday air traffic controllers may be screened electronically instead of being ‘patted down’ after complaints were made about lack of social distancing at the airport. Controllers at Lynden Pindling I

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Family Islands on high alert after Bimini death

CORONAVIRUS fears on the Family Islands have heightened now the country has recorded its first COVID-19 death of a Bimini woman, officials told The Tribune yesterday. This comes after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on Wednesday urged Family Island

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Bahamian scientist in Florida showing symptoms

DR DANELLE Rolle-McFarland, a Bahamian research scientist living in Florida, has all the symptoms of someone who should test positive for COVID-19. She has “gripping” chest pressure, trouble breathing, fever, body aches and a menacing hacking dry co

Grand Bahama fears there could be more

As COVID-19 cases rise in Grand Bahama, there is concern there could be more infected people in the community who do not know they have the disease.To date, there are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the island, which has the second-highest popula

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Archbishop: Follow orders to avoid infection

ANGLICAN Archbishop Laish Boyd is urging residents to comply with the government’s extended emergency orders to avoid “widespread infection and death.” His plea came in a pastoral letter issued in observance of Holy Week, which begins on Sunday. Th

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'Govt cannot save everyone'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said he was “on his knees” hoping the cruise lines’ Grand Bahama projects pull through, as he warned: “Government cannot rescue everyone from this crisis.” Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured , minister of tourism and aviation,

New auto sales facing '50% hit' at a minimum

New car sales will take at least “a 50 percent hit” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a major dealer is forecasting, having already slashed his orders for the next three months by some 60 percent.Fred Albury, the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA

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'We fell asleep' over chance of tourism freeze

The Bahamas failed to plan for the possibility of a total tourism shutdown because it was lulled “to sleep” by years of record arrivals and earnings, a former finance minister said yesterday.James Smith, also a former Central Bank governor, told Trib

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'No gouging' on eggs as prices rise over 100%

A leading food retailer yesterday reassured Bahamian consumers “there’s no price gouging on eggs” despite prices increasing by “more than 100 percent” over the past two weeks. Philip Beneby, head of the Retail Grocers Association, told Tribune Busin

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Two COVID-19 patients die overnight

THE Ministry of Health announced that two COVID-19 patients who were being hospitalised died Thursday night, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths to three.

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Kim’s family fear they won’t get all answers

LLOYDRA Cash-Bowleg, the daughter of the Bimini woman who died from COVID-19, said she did not watch Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ press conference on Wednesday because she does not expect a full and frank disclosure about why her mother was not helped in time.

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Judges quash 35-year murder conviction

THE Court of Appeal yesterday overturned the 35-year murder sentence of a man who was accused of shooting another man in the face at a bar in 2014, after he challenged the trial judge’s decision on the basis of “material irregularities and the judge’s decision to reject his no case submission.”

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‘We’ll help - but don’t try to land’: Govt signals it won’t allow cruise ships to send anyone here

THE Bahamas government signalled yesterday that it will not accept people infected with COVID-19 from ships stranded in Bahamian waters despite a US Coast Guard bulletin that foreign-flagged vessels should seek help from countries in which they are registered.

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Child, nine, among new cases of infected

THE number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has jumped by three to 24 and a nine-year-old girl is among the infected.

'Remember needs of disabled during pandemic'

THE Disabled Persons Organization (DPO) is voicing concerns over the consideration of the needs of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release the group said the community’s needs are “considered just as important as th

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Jamaican fined $10,000 over drugs

A JAMAICAN man was fined $10,000 after he pleaded guilty to drug possession. Winston Watson, 46, was initially charged alongside nine others: Leigh Roy Carter, 33; Ewart Irving, 53; Giovanni Depass, 37; Junior Anthony, 32; Sheldon Gayle, 37; Lionel

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Six charged over curfew

SIX people were arraigned yesterday for violating the national curfew, including a man who police allege slapped a woman in their presence. Nathan Mareu was charged with violating the national curfew after he was found in the Marathon Road area Wedn

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16-year-old on gun charge

A juvenile was charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday with possession of an unlicensed firearm and violation of curfew.The 16-year-old male appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Court, where he was not required to enter a plea to

DIANE PHILLIPS: The sadness of suspicion which hangs over us

We all know the obvious consequences of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. We see the closed signs on shops, the empty airports, ports, schools and churches. We see an economy temporarily grinding to a halt. We hear the silence of streets after 9pm and we are far happier than we should be to see the garbage collection truck because it signifies activity.

Questions to be answered

It is easy to be the smartest person in the room when the right questions are not being asked, and if I were a lawyer representing a client it would be in the interest of my client/clients to get the questions right.

Reasons we should be thankful

Be thankful that you have access to the internet, are able to read this, and are able to order your groceries online/watch TV online/take a course online. Some persons among us don’t even have electricity where they live. Further to that some cannot even read or write.

Extra bandwith

One hears of private sector companies in the USA and UK making ventilators . . .

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Joanna Evans: ‘We’re all just trying to keep in shape’

Now that she’s graduated and completed with her eligibility as a Longhorn swimmer at the University of Texas, Grand Bahamian Joanna Evans is concentrating on her future in the sport.

Dragons’ Shyrone Kemp named Field Athlete of the Year

SHYRONE Kemp was honoured once again for his breakout season in the field as a member of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons.

BTC enjoys 'uptick' in Internet demand

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday confirmed it has seen an increase in broadband Internet subscriptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Garfield “Garry” Sinclair, BTC’s chief executive, told Tribune Business in an e-mail: “The dem

Mortgage Corp: Most borrowers being paid

The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation yesterday indicated it did not expect to be inundated with loan deferral applications as most borrowers are government workers who are still being paid. Philip Haven, the government-owned home lender’s managing direc

Govt: E-commerce critical to recovery

The government yesterday said its draft e-commerce policy is now being shared with industry stakeholders as a critical element in “accelerating” the country’s post COVID-19 recovery. Kwasi Thompson, pictured , minister of state for Grand Bahama, tol

IAN FERGUSON: A survival strategy for small business

The downturn in business activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to a long, and deep, global recession by most accounts. As a small business owner you will be forced to make drastic moves to survive. This week and next, we shall expl

Thursday, April 2

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Thursday, 2nd April, 2020.

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Three more cases of COVID-19 confirmed – 24 in total

The Ministry of Health has confirmed there are three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.

EDITORIAL: An economic crisis - but don’t forget those at the sharp end

AS the grim landmark of the nation’s first death from coronavirus was confirmed yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis tried to make the country realise the scale of the problem facing us.

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STATESIDE: Like father, like son - Cuomo becoming the man to watch

It happens every day now, around midday. What pops up on the television screen is a briefing by a senior elected official full of useful, relevant information backed up by charts and graphs and a sense of honest credibility.

Hunt for man missing at sea for a week

RELATIVES of an Andros man who has been missing at sea for a week are pleading for people to come forward with information to assist police with their investigation.

Pregnant mother fears going into labour in Abaco

SHANNA Adderley’s worst fear is going into labour in Abaco where conditions remain poor because recovery on the island has been slow in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

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BPL is not going to disconnect anyone, insists Bannister

BAHAMAS Power and Light suspended its disconnection exercise yesterday, amid long lines outside the company’s headquarters as people tried to pay bills in person.

We don't have any face masks left, say pharmacies

WHILE health officials have changed their stance on people wearing masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19, some local pharmacies say they don’t have any available for sale.

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MP concerned about flight time for victim

WEST Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia Parker Edgecombe said the concerns of her constituents about the length of time it took for a critically ill patient to be flown from Bimini to New Providence will be addressed.

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Residents in fear after first death confirmed as COVID-19

BIMINI residents are concerned about a possible spread of the COVID-19 virus on the island after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis cofnirmed the Bimini woman who died in New Providence Monday night tested positive for the disease.

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Single mum struggling to make ends meet

TWO weeks ago, Kamille Adderley was laid off with only two days’ pay.

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$200m in deals ‘slide’ on COVID-19 impact

Deals worth a collective $200m are likely to “slide back” into 2021 due to the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic, a prominent Bahamas-based investment banker conceded yesterday.

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BPL’s revenue in 32.5% March fall

Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) March revenues have slumped by almost one-third year-over-year, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday, as it halted disconnections for the lockdown’s duration.

Doctors chief hails 'wide decision' on non-urgent care

The Medical Association of The Bahamas (MAB) president yesterday hailed the government’s “wise decision” to prevent doctors seeing patients face-to-face for non-emergency care.Dr Marcus Cooper, responding to the government’s latest Emergency Powers O

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AG: 'We were protecting vulnerable from calamity'

The attorney general yesterday pledged to “clarify” a life and health insurance order that was designed to prevent poor and elderly policyholders suffering a “catastrophe” amid the COVID-19 crisis. Carl Bethel QC told Tribune Business that the gover

'Frustration' over govt's silence on e-commerce plan

A major Bahamian hardware retailer yesterday voiced “frustration” that it has not been permitted to serve clients via an e-commerce platform it invested “tens of thousands of dollars” in developing. Brent Burrows, CBS Bahamas (Commonwealth Building

Are cruise ship sick heading here?

THE United States Coast Guard has told foreign-flagged cruise ships to be prepared to care for people with COVID-19 for an uncertain period of time at sea or seek help from countries in which they are registered.

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As PM confirms Bimini death was COVID-19, he reveals: WE NEED TO PLAN A NEW FUTURE

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis warned yesterday that tough times are ahead for the Bahamian economy and that Bahamians must be ready for “generational changes” to the country’s economic structure after the COVID-19 crisis ends.

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Nurse’s trauma seeing patients die ‘all alone’

BAHAMIAN registered nurse Tahnee Johnson-Whitehead has been working on the front lines of a West Palm Beach hospital where scores of severely ill COVID-19 patients are fighting for their lives. The 28-year-old told The Tribune yesterday that of all the things she’s seen in her year and a half as an RN, what’s most daunting is seeing people die alone and without the comfort of family or friends.

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Eastern New Providence hotspot as cases surge to 21

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis confirmed yesterday that Kim Johnson-Rolle, a 57-year-old Bimini resident and mother-of-three, is the country’s first known COVID-19 death.

Freeport news loses 12 workers

THE Freeport News has let go 12 workers as part of a downsizing exercise, reducing the staff complement to six in Grand Bahama. Fred Stirrup, general manager, confirmed the layoffs, saying they were necessary because the newspaper’s operations were compromised, initially by Hurricane Dorian and now by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Pair accused of firearm charges

A MAN and woman were arraigned in court yesterday on six firearm and ammunition charges.

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Attempted murder charge

A 25-year-old Freeport man was charged with attempted murder, among other charges, in a Grand Bahama court yesterday.

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19th murder of the year

POLICE are investigating a shooting death on Andros.

So important to teach tech

Bahamians, we are living in unprecedented times.

US was the worst prepared for virus

Viruses are older than human existence. In 1918 we had the Spanish flu which infected 500 million and killed 20 million to 50 million people. We had the SARS outbreak of 2002 to 2004. It infected 8098 and killed 774 people from China, other Asian countries, the UK (4) and Toronto, Canada. In 2014 the Ebola outbreak killed 11,315 in 5 African countries and the US. So why wasn’t the world prepared? Maybe because it was not profitable because they occur over a decade apart, but that can change.

Acting responsibly

Re: Strike ‘happy medium’ over virus lockdown. – The Tribune, Business, 26 March, 2020.

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NCAA decision will affect eligibility of several Bahamian student athletes

THE NCAA announced a decision that will affect the eligibility of several Bahamian student-athletes and others throughout collegiate sports that saw their seasons end prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Major League Baseball pledge to offer players financial support through May

THE minor league baseball season was officially suspended and Major League Baseball pledged to offer players financial support through May as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Wimbledon cancelled for 1st time since World War II because of virus

WIMBLEDON was cancelled Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won’t be played.

Firms urged: Remember data security while remote

An information security manager yesterday urged Bahamian businesses not to forget the importance of data and information protection while working remotely during the COVID-19 lockdown. Demarius Cash, Seagrape Inc’s chief executive, told Tribune Busi

Paying the price in battling COVID-19

My last article analysed COVID-19’s impact, and the need for effective leadership from an economic and health perspective. I now turn to an examination of the relief measures taken to date. As this article was completed, the deputy prime minister ann

FOCOL targets cruise ship bunkering market

FOCOL Holdings was planning to penetrate Grand Bahama’s cruise ship “bunkering” market before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown that sector and the wider economy.Sir Franklyn Wilson, the BISX-listed fuel supplier’s chairman, had told the company’s share

Online delivery firm in 60% demand rise

A Bahamian online delivery service yesterday said it has seen a 60 percent increase in demand following the COVID-19 country-wide lockdown and closure of many businesses.Jamial Rolle, chief executive of Runnah’s, told Tribune Business: “We have defin

Mortgage Corp unveils 3-month loan deferral

The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation has joined other financial institutions in agreeing to offer a three-month loan payment deferral for borrowers hit by the COVID-19 economic fall-out. The state-owned lender said forbearance will be provided for mortg

ART OF GRAPHIX: Don't blur your design's quality

Photoshop is a great program for just about everything - from touching up photos to designing for your own Internet sensations. However, the extensive tool selections can be daunting for novice users, as there are many buttons with each having its ow

Wednesday, April 1

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04012020 EDITION

Wednesday, 1st April, 2020.

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UPDATED: BPL disconnections suspended for as long as emergency orders maintained

WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) said it would continue to suspend disconnections as long as the government maintains emergency orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDITORIAL: The numbers and the need to talk

Let’s talk numbers for a moment. There are around 400,000 people living in The Bahamas. According to the World Bank, last year 74.51% of the population were part of the workforce. That’s about three-quarters, so 300,000 people.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Choose life for ourselves and each other by playing by the rules

We are almost two weeks into our new and temporary way of living. It has been extended, as many of us expected, and it is in our best interest to follow the guidelines provided.

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Zero-tolerance approach to crime, says new GB police chief

THE new Grand Bahama new police chief has warned that there will be a “zero tolerance” approach to crime and that all laws, including measures put in place in response to COVID-19, will be enforced.

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Minnis suspends need to make insurance payments

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has suspended the obligation to pay health, medical and life insurance premiums as long as the state of emergency is in place and for 60 days afterward.

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BREAKING NEWS: Six new cases of COVID-19, first death confirmed

In a national address on Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis revealed there are six new cases of COVID-19 in New Providence.

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‘Face masks may offer some more protection’

HEALTH officials are now suggesting people wear face masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, although they initially advised against such measures.

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Bahamas faces $2.7bn tourism shutdown loss

The Bahamas stands to lose $2.7bn in tourism revenues if the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down stopover visitors for the rest of 2020, Royal Bank’s (RBC) former top Caribbean economist is warning. Marla Dukharan, analysing the pandemic’s likely impact on

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Pandemic to expose NIB delinquents

The COVID-19 pandemic will “expose” Bahamian employers who have failed to pay National Insurance Board (NIB) contributions on behalf of their workers, a Cabinet minister warned yesterday. Brensil Rolle, minister for the public service who has respon

'Delicate tightrope' for commercial landlords

Commercial property landlords are “walking a very delicate tightrope” through offers of 50 percent rental discounts/deferrals to ease the COVID-19 pain, a prominent Bahamian realtor said yesterday.David Morley, Morley Real Estate’s president, told Tr

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Officials waiting on COVID-19 results after mother dies

HEALTH officials are awaiting test results to determine if a Bimini woman who died Monday night after an emergency medical flight to Nassau had COVID-19.

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BPL to resume disconnections

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) last night confirmed it will resume disconnecting delinquent consumers as of today following a week-long pause amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Insurers’ anger at premiums ‘holiday’

Bahamian life and health insurers were yesterday said to be "up in arms" after the Government ordered them to continue paying multi-million dollar claims without receiving any income in return.

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17,000: HELP US . . . And that doesn’t include NIB claims from hotel workers

THE National Insurance Board has received around 17,000 applications for unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus pandemic, Public Service and National Insurance Minister Brensil Rolle said yesterday.

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National exams will be moved

WITH schools not expected to re-open until later this month due to COVID-19 fears, Education Minister Jeff Lloyd said yesterday “there’s no question” the government will have to postpone national examinations.

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Licence misery for motorists

MOTORISTS queued in long lines for hours at the Department of Road Traffic’s National Stadium office to licence their vehicles yesterday.

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Dozen charged with violating the curfew

A DOZEN people appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes yesterday charged with violating the national curfew.

Family Island residents fear they're not ready to handle virus threat

FAMILY Island residents worry they are unprepared for COVID-19 despite assurances from the government.

Pensive about the global order

As the world is gripped by by Covid-19 pandemic, I find myself pensive about the global political, economic and social order.

Too long to open a bank account

Malcolm Strachan wrote a very good article in The Tribune the other day, and his advice to the public and admonishment to those not following the new rules about social distancing and behaving in a responsible manner should be read and understood by everyone.

All hands on deck for this

The idea of the West End Clinic being used as a quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients has been rejected outright by some West End residents.

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‘Fireman’ has more time to prepare for Olympics

He is now in his second year as the head coach of the Clayton State University Lakers track and field team, but veteran quarter-miler Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown is still committed to completing his long and illustrious track and field career at the 2020 Olympic Games.

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‘I definitely think that God has his reasons for everything’

SHE was on the brink of making history as the first Bahamian to compete in judo at the Olympic Games. But Cynthia Rahming said it was a blessing in disguise that the Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed from 2020 to 2021.

Myron Rolle on front line in COVID-19 fight

ONE of the many medical professionals on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Bahamian Rhodes Scholar, former NFL player, and future neurosurgeon, Myron Rolle has continued to document his experience for various media outlets.

$300m Baha Mar water park to complete 2021

Baha Mar’s $300m water-based theme park remains in schedule to be completed next year despite the COVID-19 enforced construction suspension, its president revealed yesterday. Graeme Davis, in an e-mailed response to Tribune Business questions, said

Food retailers: 'Difficult' to enforce new protocol

Food retailers yesterday said it was going to be “difficult” to manage and enforce the Government’s latest COVID-19 shopping protocols.Bradley Rolle, general manager of Centreville Food Market, told Tribune Business that asking customers whether they

Out Islands grateful for $1.8m in COVID-19 aid

Family Island administrators yesterday praised the government for allocating $1.8m to their islands in a bid to equip them with the necessary medical resources to combat COVID-19. Desiree Ferguson, Long Island’s administrator, told Tribune Business