Tuesday, June 30
POLICE are investigating two more homicides after two men were found dead in separate incidents Tuesday.
Tuesday, 30th June, 2020.
It comes as no surprise that online dating activity has seen a massive surge since the COVID-19 pandemic forced countries to lock down public life and order its citizens to stay at home.
HOW seriously is our economy being hurt by COVID-19? Our lead story today is a telling sign.
PETER YOUNG: For the Windrush families it was a scandal which so easily could - and should - have been avoided
In reaction to recent claims that Britain is a racist and unfair society, I argued in this column last week that it was inaccurate to say that the nation was dominated by bigotry and race hatred, as has been maintained by some people. It cannot be plausibly denied, however, that discrimination against minorities exists in one form or another in parts of society, with ethnic minorities affected by economic and social inequality - though claims of systemic institutionalised racism are often unwarranted.
FACE TO FACE: A remarkable life detailed in a folder telling the story of one of our nation’s builders
The “Father of Paediatrics” in The Bahamas was laid to rest this weekend, signalling the passing of yet another of our great nation builders. Time goes on, as it must, but it is right to take time to honour those who paved the way, paying tribute to their life and work.
EDUCATION Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said a statement will be released at the end of the week advising the public on the way forward for children’s education amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents have been speculating, on social media, that when the new s
ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel apologised yesterday after his office failed to deliver a resolution extending Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ emergency orders in time for last week’s sitting of the House of Assembly, causing the Governor General’s ori
FAMILY and friends gathered at the Fox Town Park in Abaco on Saturday for a memorial service for 16-year-old Zion Clarke, who was tragically killed in a traffic accident on that island about two weeks ago. Edith Clarke, the boy’s mother, said the se
THE mother of the two-year-old girl shot in Eleuthera on Saturday night believes the gunmen were after a man who lived nearby and not her mother’s house. The toddler, Da’Nyla Roberts, was sitting on the porch in her grandmother’s arms when she was s
THE Atlantis resort on Paradise Island has delayed its opening to July 30, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced in the House of Assembly on Tuesday.
The 47th anniversary of Independence finds The Bahamas wrestling with the effects of Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19 pandemic. What are your hopes for the nation as it grapples with these issues and beyond?
A Bahamian banker yesterday warned against premature panic after it emerged that borrowers sought repayment waivers for almost $2bn worth of loans at the COVID-19 lockdown's peak.
A prominent QC yesterday said Freeport “would welcome with open arms” the billionaire philanthropist whose proposed North Andros free-trade zone was rejected by the Prime Minister at the weekend.
Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) chairman last night said it has taken “the first step” to providing long-suffering consumers with “price stability and certainty” after the Government approved its fuel hedging strategy.
The Bahamas’ key foreign currency reserves were maintained at around $2bn through the peak of the COVID-19 lockdown amid predictions yesterday that they will remain “more than adequate” to sustain the US dollar peg. The Central Bank, unveiling its m
A Bahamian investment bank yesterday revealed that investors injected “the biggest monthly sum that we’ve seen for over a year” into its mutual funds immediately upon the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Michael Anderson, RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank
SIX flights are due to arrive in the country from the United States when international commercial travels resumes tomorrow, according to officials at Lynden Pindling International Airport.
STRAW vendors are calling for the government to push back the Straw Market’s re-opening date until the cruise ship industry resumes in September.
THE brother of a man fatally shot in Nassau Village on Sunday said he will never forget the moment his sibling took his last breath in his arms after being shot in front of their home.
THIRTY-FIVE senior police officers and 90 contracted officers are expected to retire from the Royal Bahamas Police Force this year.
ALLEGED child abductor De’Edra Gibson will appear before Justice Bernard Turner next week to receive the date she will stand trial for abducting four boys from various places in New Providence early last year. Last April, Gibson was charged before M
TWO San Salvador men appeared before Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner after they were accused of having sex with teenagers in two separate incidents. Terreance Storr, 21, was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse after he was accused o
A MAN was arrested after police found suspected marijuana on a boat docked at Potter’s Cay. Police said officers armed with a search warrant boarded the vessel shortly after 9pm on Sunday. Officers found drugs on board and arrested a man who on the
A 39-year-old man appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with incest and indecent assault. The man, whose name has been withheld to protect the identity of the complainant, was accused of indecently assaulting and engaging in sexual inte
A 38-year-old man was ordered to pay a $3,500 fine yesterday after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession with the intent to supply . Jerry Erme appeared in Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after officers seized two pound
I have been fortunate to have known the late Hon. Peter Donald Graham, who passed into Eternity recently.
Christopher Columbus statue is here to stay. Christopher Columbus is among the “been here” and will be here longer than Father Sebastian Campbell and all those other set of “just come here” opinions.
It is absolutely pathetic and heart-breaking that in situations where armed conflict breaks out, children who are the most vulnerable members of societies are mostly affected by the consequences of war. The six most common violations are recruitment and use of children in war, killing, sexual violence, abduction, attacks on schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access.
As the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s election of officers draws near, former female national team player Dyphany Mortier is confident that she and her team will become the newly elected executive officers.
TRAVIS Munnings was the latest Bahamian senior men’s national team member to capitalise on his free agency when he signed with a new club in a new country.
WITH the election of officers scheduled for Saturday, outgoing president Darnett Weir said it will be up to the new executive board of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association to decide whether or not they will keep the current Davis and Fed Cup teams in place.
DWIGHT Coleby (above) will return for a second stint in Turkey once pro basketball resumes in the country’s Turkish Basketball League (TBL).
If you take a moment to look around you right now, you will probably find a world in chaos, contending with an uncertain future. And it’s no different here in the Bahamas. The global outbreak of coronavirus and its aftermath have left many Bahamians without jobs, and worse, without hope. A feeling of optimism is hard to come by.
Most of us think too much. And most of those thoughts are unproductive and repetitive, like a tune we once played because we loved it but then couldn’t couldn’t stop it from going round and round in our heads for days.
Andros, vast and barely touched by modern society, remains one of the least densely populated areas in the Caribbean and the last true frontier of The Bahamas. It is the ultimate blank slate for nature enthusiasts and those looking to truly get off-t
Aliv has teamed with Digicel, the pan-Caribbean communications provider, to enable Haitians resident in The Bahamas to send mobile top-ups and plans to relatives and friends. The Bahamian mobile provider said customers will now be able to send Digic
A Bahamian tour operator yesterday complained that a double standard is being imposed through the stipulation that buses and vehicles can only operate at 50 percent capacity.Marvin Gibson, general manager of Marvelous Tours, told Tribune Business thi
Bahamian resorts yesterday backed the Government’s decision to narrow the COVID-19 testing window for tourists from ten to seven days prior to travelling even though the move has caused some market confusion.Matthew Brear, Cape Santa Maria’s general
The National Training Agency (NTA) boasts a 55 percent job placement rate, a Cabinet minister has revealed, with nearly 6,000 Bahamians trained over the past year.Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour, told the Senate: “The NTA continues to effectively ca
The Bahamas’ major airport is set to receive six inbound international flights from key US tourism source markets on the first day that the country’s borders reopen.The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), Lynden Pindling International Airport’s
Monday, June 29
Two men are in custody after a man was shot dead in Nassau Village on Sunday night.
ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel apologised Monday after his office failed to deliver a resolution extending Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis' emergency orders in time for last week’s sitting of the House of Assembly, causing the Governor General’s original proclamation of emergency to end at midnight.
Monday, 29th June, 2020.
Monday, 29th June, 2020.
There was a contradiction at the heart of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ national address yesterday.
There have been unhelpful and destructive attacks by leading members and zealous supporters of the APNU-AFC caretaker government in Guyana against all with whose position they disagree. The targets are international organisations, CARICOM Heads of Government, other governments that have been major partners with Guyana and their diplomatic representatives.
INSIGHT: The number of cases are skyrocketing and, to put it bluntly, reopening as planned will cost lives
As a concerned Bahamian citizen living in one of the southern states in the United States currently experiencing an unprecedented spike in COVID cases, I am deeply worried about the potential consequences of The Bahamas opening its borders to international tourists, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
Rotary International to spend approximately $10 million on the recovery of the island of Abaco, immediate past president, Barry Rassin has told The Tribune.
As we stand on the doorstep of the day of reckoning, anxiety is in the air. On one hand, many Bahamians are ready to get back to a place that can be considered normal. On the other, those taking a considered approach to the government’s decision to reopen the country are deeply uneasy. As we think about our loved ones and other citizens – those with compromised immune systems in particular - it is frightening to witness the coronavirus uptick continue with record-shattering force in the US.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis has attacked Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for the “heartless and mean-spirited” way in which redundancies are being happening at the Grand Lucayan hotel. He called on the Minnis administration
Two-year-old girl in critical condition after she was shot while being held in her grandmother's arms
A FAMILY is desperately appealing for blood donations for a two-year-old girl left in critical condition after she was shot by gunmen in Eleuthera on Saturday night. A relative has identified the child as Da’Nyla Roberts. According to police, offic
POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding a boat fire near Valentines Resort and Marina in Harbour Island on Saturday. A party of five was on board the boat when it became engulfed in flames, however no one was injured, police said. Ac
ABACO police discovered the body of an adult man in a van Saturday afternoon. However, the officer in charge of the island said foul play is not suspected at this time, but an autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death. A video sur
Bahamian economic output will not recover to pre-COVID-19 levels "until after 2024", Moody's has warned, in a stark illustration of the economic devastation unleashed by the pandemic.
A Bahamian realtor says the VAT Department sought to get “blood from a stone” by rejecting pleas from commercial property landlords to switch to cash-based filings/payments at COVD-19’s peak. David Morley, Morley Real Estate’s president, told Tribun
The Grand Lucayan will today be placed on high alert due to expected industrial unrest over the termination of 170-plus staff, with its chairman pledging: “I’m going to nip this in the bud.” Michael Scott QC told Tribune Business he will respond wit
A former Crystal Palace casino worker has been ordered to report to Fox Hill prison so he can begin serving a near-three year sentence for a $20,000 counterfeit money/theft offence committed almost 12 years ago. Appeal Justice Jon Isaacs, writing a
In the distant year of 490BC a Greek messenger raced from Marathon, the site where a Greek army had just fought and beaten the invading Persians, to Athens, more than 25 miles away, to deliver the good news. Many centuries later, in 1896, this feat w
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis urged residents yesterday not to travel overseas for non-essential travel and outlined revised rules for entry to the country.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced that people who fail to wear masks in public will be fined $200 or face one month imprisonment as the Royal Bahamas Police Force forms a new COVID-19 enforcement unit to ensure compliance with his emergency orders.
American hegemony and cultural domination looms large all over the world, nowhere more so than here in the Caribbean.
The alarm bells are ringing loud and clear.
According to our minister of tourism it would appear that we may very soon be welcoming visitors from the US and from Europe to our shores at the drop of a hat. No quarantine, no negative test results.
Bahamian world 400 metre champion Steven Gardiner sprung out of the COVID-19 lockdown with a victory in the 300 metres as he chased the Bahamian male national record on Saturday in San Juan, Florida.
FORMER female national team member Dyphany Mortier has assembled a group of enthusiastic candidates that will join her in her bid to win the presidency of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association.
The prime minister’s pledge that the government “will not grant” permission for a free trade zone in North Andros was yesterday hailed as “very encouraging” by the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) top executive. Eric Carey, the Trust’s executive direc
Several tour, attraction and excursion providers say they are struggling to understand and implement the necessary COVID-19 protocols after the Prime Minister yesterday gave the go-ahead for their July 13 re-opening. Peter Rebmann,Pearl Island’s man
Sunday, June 28
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis gave updates on the phased reopening of the nation on Sunday afternoon, saying, “We are able to reopen our economy in a safer manner than many other jurisdictions.”
Friday, June 26
Friday, 26th June, 2020.
Friday, 26th June, 2020.
POLICE Commissioner Paul Rolle said he has "every confidence" in how police-involved killings are investigated despite calls for an independent body to investigate the matters.
THE UNIVERSITY of The Bahamas will resume office operations for employees at Oakes Field Campus and North Campus in Grand Bahama on July 1. It is a part of their transition into phase two of their reopening plan.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis officially opened the Fishing Hole Road Causeway in Grand Bahama Friday, marking the end to what he called a long and difficult chapter for Grand Bahama residents.
A MAN admitted to assaulting and threatening the mother of his children during a court hearing on Friday.
A JAMAICAN man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on Friday accused of unlawful sex last month with a minor.
A MAN shattered his cousin's windshield during an argument, a court heard on Friday.
A 28-year-old man was fined $500 in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday for violating the national curfew and lying to a police officer.
TWO men were charged in the Magistrate’s court on Friday with stealing an assortment of cleaning supplies from the company for which they worked.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper condemned the government for not heeding warnings when Moody’s placed the country under review for downgrade in April.
WHEN Bill Clinton campaigned against George HW Bush for the US presidency, three words spoken by one of his strategists struck home.
As we wade through the final stages of the COVID -19 quarantine, I still find myself willingly wanting to “social distance”.
It’s no wonder we can’t wrap our heads around the COVID crisis. First of all, it came out of nowhere.
SENIORS and disabled people are top priority to receive the 46 homes donated by Discovery Land Company Foundation to Abaco residents, an official from the Disaster Reconstruction Authority said yesterday. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis made the anno
A MOTHER-of-three says she needs a job and approximately $1,600 for the four months of rent she owes her landlord. Although she has a home-based nail business, 35-year-old Tassia Thompson said she was unable to pay her $400 monthly rent from March t
SOME 9,000 people in Abaco have recently appealed to Idea Relief, a Bahamian non-profit organisation, for food assistance.A representative from the organisation revealed the figure yesterday.This comes after the group’s co-founder told The Tribune la
PETER Graham, a former parliamentarian and the founding partner of Graham Thompson, died suddenly Wednesday night having planned to fly with friends on Thursday morning to his special island retreat - Hog Cay just off Long Island. It is said that he
The “extraordinary beating” inflicted upon the tourism industry by COVID-19 was critical in Moody’s decision yesterday to strip The Bahamas of its ‘investment grade’ credit rating, the deputy prime minister says.
The deputy prime minister yesterday voiced optimism that the government will beat its $1.327bn fiscal target for the upcoming 2020-2021 fiscal year as he reassured that The Bahamas’ debt burden is not yet “unbearable”.
The Central Bank is warning that the Bahamian financial services industry faces “heightened challenges” with sector employment levels falling for the fifth consecutive year in 2019. Unveiling its latest annual survey of the industry’s economic contr
The hotel union’s president has described this year as a write-off for the tourism industry while voicing optimism that 2021 could be “a banner year” for the sector based on pent-up COVID-19 demand.
The Government will have spent more than $11m on employee termination packages and support by the time it closes the Grand Lucayan’s sale, it was revealed yesterday.
AS coronavirus cases skyrocket in the United States, a top local infectious disease expert says The Bahamas can still manage reopening the country without an explosion of COVID-19 cases if protocols are executed properly.
AN international non-profit environmental organisation warned the proposed mining projects in North Andros will threaten the winter home for migratory shorebirds.
A 16-year-old Bahamian boy was charged with killing a 79-year-old Haitian woman yesterday.
TWO people pleaded not guilty to fraud charges in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Yvonel Amilphat, 41, and Raquel Amilphat, 47, were charged before Magistrate Andrew Forbes, accused of allegedly committing fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.
THE brother of the chief immigration officer who was accused of raping a Jamaican woman has denied conversing with the officer before the hearing to ensure their statements supported one another. Norman Bastian was accused of taking Claudia Edwards
A SECOND man has been arraigned in connection with the murders of ten-year-old Lorencia Walkes and another man. Donald Cox, 24, was arraigned before Magistrate Andrew Forbes and charged for the May 29 shooting incident that claimed the lives of the
A SIERRA Leone man was charged in Magistrate’s Court with 18 fraud-related counts including uttering forged documents, fraud by false pretense, and possession of false documents. Seth Christopher William Beoku-Betts, 44, appeared before Magistrate A
Today, the conversation of drugs in America have politically resurfaced, and now it’s an open question whether Biden’s response to the issue can be an asset - catapulting him successfully or a liability - by eliminating him in the US 2020 election campaign.
The Prime Minister announced on 19th March, 2020, that he was invoking the provisions of Article 29 of the Constitution to decree a proclamation of emergency under which a number of emergency regulations and orders have been legislated to address the crisis arising from the Corona Covid-19 virus. The emergency regulations and orders put in place a number of measures such as a twenty-four curfew, a complete lockdown on weekends as well as limits on the number of persons who can gather in one place and imposed a 6ft physical distancing requirement on gatherings.
As the new norm for the world of sports continues to take shape in the midst of COVID-19, World Athletics yesterday revealed its plans for the postponed 2020 Olympic Games in launching what they call ‘Road to Tokyo.’
ALIYAH Brown was off to a promising start to the 2020 track and field season for the CH Reeves Raptors and the 4-D Stallions before the coronavirus pandemic interrupted her performance at the National High School Track and Field Championships and possibly her debut at the CARIFTA Games.
COACH Yolett McPhee-McCuin continues to use her platform as the head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels Women’s Basketball programme to lobby for social justice in her adopted home state of Mississippi.
Straw vendors yesterday accused the Straw Market Authority (SMA) of not being “candid” with them about its plans for the downtown facility ahead of the July 1 post-COVID-19 borders re-opening. Reverend Esther Thompson, president of the Straw Busines
A Grand Bahama businessman is voicing frustration that Customs is undermining the ease of doing business by preventing freight forwarders and couriers from bulk clearing shipments. Darren Cooper, owner of D’s Car rentals, told Tribune Business that
The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union’s president yesterday said he was “very, very concerned” that the cruise lines will direct their passengers to bypass downtown Nassau whenever the industry resumes sailing. Wesley Ferguson told Tribune Business he is fearf
Food store retailers yesterday said they expect sales to drop by 20 percent between now and September. Atwell Ferguson, Golden Gates Supermarket’s general manager, told Tribune Business: “Sales have dropped for sure since the pandemic, and basically
With the call being made for public servants and private sector employees to return to work, many workers are questioning whether a return to centralised work space is necessary. COVID-19 has certainly tested our capacity to engage in productive work
Thursday, June 25
Thursday, 25th June, 2020.
What a mess. We’re just over four months away from a pivotal presidential election in the US - and what do we see?
TRAVEL restrictions from China, Europe, South Korea and Iran will be lifted on July 1 when international commercial flights to The Bahamas resumes, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday. Residents and visitors coming to this country wi
ABOUT 300 residents of East End Grand Bahama received food care packages on the weekend thanks to Reach Out Ministries, assisted by the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama and other local volunteers. Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest was on hand helping
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said 50 percent of COVID-19 patients who have required hospitalisation had one or more comorbidities. This contrasts with the 29 percent of patients without comorbidities who required hospitalisation.
PLP Senator Dr Michael Darville has accused the Minnis administration of taking credit for the completion of several major projects started during the Christie administration. “The PLP finds it necessary to point out yet again that the FNM simply do
MONTHS after the government tabled an amendment to the Bail Act in the House of Assembly, Attorney General Carl Bethel revealed yesterday officials are hoping to have the bill passed in July. Giving his 2020/21 budget communication in the Senate yes
FOREIGN affairs officials are in discussions “at the highest levels” with the European Commission over its decision to blacklist the country last month, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.These discussions, according to Mr Bethel, will conti
ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe says he will look at filing action next week to scrap recent senior Royal Bahamas Police Force appointments after the government failed to respond to his concerns about the legitimacy of the Police Service Commission. Assistant
GRAND Bahama’s Shanea Strachan is this year’s Bahamian Chevening Scholar, the British High Commission in Nassau has announced. Selected from a competitive field of candidates, Ms Strachan will travel to the UK to pursue a master’s degree in producin
Super Value’s president yesterday revealed he is bracing for a “below normal” sales decline as the post-COVID lockdown reality bites, and said: “If we fall ten percent below last year we’ll be in trouble.” Rupert Roberts told Tribune Business that t
The Grand Lucayan resort was yesterday said to have begun the “phased” termination of its remaining 208-strong workforce as it readies to complete the property’s sale to the ITM Group/Royal Caribbean joint venture. Michael Scott QC, the Grand Lucaya
A niche provider says wholesale direct Internet access (DIA) rates charged by The Bahamas’ two telecommunications giants are “in excess of 150 times” greater than comparable US prices and squeezing out competition.Theofanis Cochinamogulos, chief exec
Applications for the government’s COVID-19 small business recovery loan have collectively sought double the $25m initially allocated for the programme, it was revealed yesterday.Davinia Grant, the Small Business Development Centre’s (SBDC) director,
WITH the July 1 date for the full ban on single-use plastics and Styrofoam approaching, an environmental officer from the Department of Environmental Health said inspections will be ramping up to ensure business compliance.
A CHIEF immigration officer who was accused of raping a Jamaican woman while she was in his exclusive custody in 2014, yesterday insisted that he is not a rapist and would not sleep with a woman without her consent.
A New York judge says it is "a shocker" that Baha Mar's former receivers and contractor kept the Bahamian Supreme Court in the dark over
A MAN arrested in 2016 under suspicion that he recorded a disturbing song about former Prime Minister Perry Christie has been awarded $60,000 in damages after a Supreme Court judge found that he was unlawfully arrested, falsely imprisoned and had his constitutional rights breached.
Sacramento Kings guard Chavano “Buddy” Hield has tested positive for COVID-19.
THE government has injected $1.4 million into the National Food Distribution Task Force since the public/private group was established to provide emergency food assistance for vulnerable Bahamians and residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pri
A JAMAICAN man was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with armed robbery and attempted murder. Shakiel Smith, 22, also known as “Shak”, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was charged with six counts of armed robb
The Caribbean relationship with the US is complex but enduring as a result of the 1821 Monroe Doctrine that designates the region under US sphere of influence.
We all, inclusive of myself, have been demanding the relaxation or even absolute abolition of the powers granted, unconstitutionally in my view, to the Competent Authority. Well, over the course of the last week or two they are being eased and many businesses, where they still exist, will be reopening next week.
NO official timeline has been given on basketball’s return to the court but the country’s governing body of the sport began a virtual learning campaign for its latest initiative.
Jonquel Jones cited COVID-19 concerns and a lack of clarity in the WNBA’s return to play proposal as the main factors behind her decision to opt out of the upcoming season.
An information technology (IT) specialist yesterday said the Government must upgrade its systems in “layers” to prevent a repeat of recent hacks at the Registrar General’s Office. Scott MacKenzie, chief executive of Cloud Carib, told Tribune Busines
The Bahamas is “pressing” to be removed by October 2020 from a list of countries with identified weaknesses in their anti-financial crime defences, the attorney general said yesterday. Carl Bethel QC, in is contribution to the 2020-2021 Budget debat
Cinemas and entertainment destinations yesterday voiced optimism they will be able to re-open in July even though the Government’s latest COVID-19 emergency powers Order gives no date for this. Chris Mortimer, Galleria Cinemas’ president, told Tribu
Wednesday, June 24
FULL-TIME students at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) will be able to study for free when it resumes in the autumn. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard made the announcement during his contributi
Wednesday, 24th June, 2020.
IN today’s Tribune, we publish our annual Hurricane Guide – and in view of last year’s damage from Hurricane Dorian, we hope it will serve as a reminder to readers to be prepared.
ALICIA WALLACE: Is the curfew still in place because we know the more desperate people become, crime will rise?
The rules keep changing. We are getting some of what we asked for, but not all of it makes sense. It does not seem as though the decisions will be explained without a considerable amount of pressure. We are one week away from the opening of the borders to commercial flights yet the curfew remains in place, albeit it starts an hour later.
A WOMAN who had been reported missing has been found in good health, police said. On Monday, police issued a missing person's report that said Re'Khanna Russell, 33, was last seen on Saturday morning at a residence in Charlottesville, Old Fort Bay.
SOCIAL Services Minister Frankie Campbell is pleading with parents and guardians not to “cross the line from disciplining to abusing” children. His comments came after three people were charged in two separate cases of child cruelty in the Magistrat
AN estimated 70 people are still in shelters in New Providence some nine months after Hurricane Dorian, according to Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell.
THE Minnis administration’s extension of unemployment benefits has helped to ensure the unemployment rate won’t skyrocket at the end of the month, Labour Director John Pinder said yesterday. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced on Monday that u
PHILIP “Brave” Davis has called on Bahamians to urge the government to reject two development proposals for North Andros, which aim to harvest aragonite in the island. His comments come after this newspaper last week revealed three separate investmen
WATER and Sewerage Corporation executive chairman Adrian Gibson said the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a “devastating blow” to the company’s revenue, adding officials anticipate that between 60 percent to 70 percent of its customers will not be able to
MASK wearing as well as taking other precautions is recommended for those with allergies and respiratory illness as a plume of Sahara dust is predicated to impact some parts of the Bahamas this week. Known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), a vast clou
Nassau Cruise Port will move to refinance its recent $150m bond issue at the earliest possible opportunity, it was revealed yesterday, having elected to keep the offering’s $20m over-subscription. Michael Maura, the cruise terminal operator’s chief
A former candidate for the hotel union’s presidency yesterday called for a government investigation as he blasted Atlantis for keeping himself and other full-time staff on furlough while re-engaging contract workers. Dave Beckford, a 25-year employe
Cruise tourism-dependent downtown Nassau businesses yesterday said they may close down until September with revenues down by up to 70 percent in a bid to survive until the industry’s return. George Mousis, Athena Café’s general manager, told Tribune
A Cabinet minister yesterday conceded all cruise tourism-dependent jobs have “simply evaporated for the time being” as he revealed that one major line suggested the industry might not relaunch until mid-November.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of touris
The Bahamas needs to invest “at least $100m” to boost food security and make “a serious 40 percent” dent in its import bill, an agriculture entrepreneur is arguing.Caron Shephard, president of the newly-formed Bahamas Agro Entrepreneurs Group, told T
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ST ANNE’S MP Brent Symonette said it may not be appropriate for the Free National Movement to have a national convention this year.
OMAR Archer walked out of court a free man yesterday after an accuser withdrew an assault charge against him during a hearing before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes.
Nassau Cruise Port yesterday confirmed it is steaming ahead with Prince George Wharf's transformation after raising $20m more than it needed from Bahamian and foreign investors.
THE Grand Bahama Port Authority has pledged its continued support of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home, assuring stakeholders the buildings were fully insured and would be rebuilt at a cost of $850,000. Additionally, surrounding structures are being
A 25-year-old was charged yesterday with murdering a man and attempting to murder a police officer earlier this year. Lorenzo Wilson appeared in Magistrate’s Court before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with the shooting death of Deano
A BAHAMAS Department of Correctional Services officer was sentenced to 15 months in prison in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and drug possession with the intent to supply. Delroy Barr, 23, appeared befo
TWO men were fined for marijuana possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, while another man was conditionally discharged and ordered to attend drug counselling classes. Narado Knowles, 38, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes
BLUE Lagoon Island will resume operations on July 11, following three months of closure. The top-rated private island destination has implemented “a comprehensive enhanced safety programme” to ensure that as local and international guests are welcom
I think that the ONLY thing that my good friend Mike Maura Jr did not say in this warning from the Wheelhouse of the Nassau Port was “We’re all right Jack, pull the ladder up” !
The Bahamas is in an unprecedentedly precarious fiscal situation.
What with the laxity of Iram Lewis’s grossly incorrect report on the availability of hurricane shelters in Family Islands, and Customs “not wanting to come in and clear arriving boats” at multiple marinas in Nassau, things seem to be running just as irresponsibly as usual.
After making an announcement last month that they have formed a committee to assist developing athletes, the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) has made good on its promise through its newly-formed Athletes Welfare Commission.
THE Bahamas National Sailing School (BNSS) is pleased to introduce Spencer Cartwright as a top-level international sailor who began his impressive sailing career with the BNSS at the age of eight.
VERSATILE athlete Jonique ‘Mini’ Webb and veteran coach Sherman Smith, who both passed away this year, will be remembered with a girls’ and boys’ summer camp presented by the Diamond Basketball development programme.
The prime minister’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Committee last night said it will present its final report on the road map for The Bahamas’ revival by early September 2020, with consultations to start next month. The committee, in a statement, said
A Bahamian accounting firm yesterday said its technology investments are “paying dividends” by upholding productivity throughout COVID-19 even though just ten percent of staff have currently returned to the office. Prince Rahming, territory manger f
The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) elected its 2020-2022 executive committee last Friday during its biennial general meeting held via Zoom conference .“Members of BACO should expect more collaboration, increased partnership and int
Bahamian restaurants yesterday said they have “no choice” but to adjust their business models to the 50 percent indoor dining capacity limit set by the prime minister in the latest COVID-19 health protocols. Jacques Carlino, owner/operator of Blue S
Tuesday, June 23
Monday, 23rd June, 2020.
RESTRICTIONS are easing again – but not by much.
PETER YOUNG: Removing reminders of a country’s past will do nothing to address genuine social injustice
Last week in this column, I covered the issue of criminal vandalism of statues and monuments in Britain and stressed the need for the police to enforce law and order. I return to the subject today because of a more recent development that, in the view of many, has reached a new low of craven submission by authority.
MORE than $20m has been earmarked in the upcoming fiscal year for the phased redevelopment of the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday. Dr Minnis, who is also minister of health, said $9m is allocate
MINUTES after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis addressed the House of Assembly on further COVID-19 relaxations, PLP leader Philip “Brave” Davis said the measures do not provide enough relief for the “angst” people are experiencing. In his contributio
FORTY-SIX families will be gifted homes in Central Pines, Abaco, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. He said the land lease for the development of the homes is being finalised by the Office of the Attorney General and that a subdivision in
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the government aims to save $62 million in healthcare costs over the next five years by integrating public healthcare systems, using the National Health Insurance programme as the anchor. He also said the Public H
Leonard Joseph ‘Boston Blackie’ Miller spent his last Father’s Day on Earth, this Sunday past. His life and legacy is one of a nation builder in athletics in The Bahamas, and mentor to many.
Nassau Cruise Port's top executive yesterday warned that downtown Bay Street is "unlikely to see any cruise passengers" before year-end 2020 regardless of whenever the industry resumes sailing.
Jitney drivers yesterday confirmed they are lobbying for a 60 percent increase in adult fares to compensate for bus capacity being slashed in half due to COVID-19 safety measures.
Hurricane Hole developer’s has received initial approval for a $352.2m development on Matt Lowe’s Cay that promises a desperately-needed boost for Abaco’s Dorian-ravaged economy, it was revealed yesterday. Dr Hubert Minnis, in his contribution to th
Attorneys yesterday warned the latest Registrar General’s Department hack shows the government “cannot get away” with any IT system deficiencies, adding: “We’re an obvious target.”
The Bahamian economy “could be wiped out” if business owners and employees fail to take compliance and enforcement of COVID-19 health protocols seriously, a top private sector executive warned yesterday.Jeffrey Beckles, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerc
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said his emergency powers will be extended into July as the country enters Phase Five of his reopening plan.
THE murder of a 79-year-old Haitian woman in Eight Mile Rock has left a family in shock over the brutal manner in which she was killed and left in bushes “like an animal”.
BAHAMAS National Trust is sounding the alarm over concerns about three development proposals for North Andros which have grabbed headlines recently.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday that New Providence’s economic empowerment zone will be expanded to now include Englerston and Montel Heights, expanding access for some to tax concessions. “This zone will now extend south past Wu
THE government is launching “Downtown Under the Stars” next month, an event aimed at stimulating the domestic economy. According to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, the event, which will take place over several weeks starting in the latter half of J
TWO men were yesterday placed on probation and ordered to repay a marketing agency which they defrauded nearly two years ago. Tristian Rolle, 33, and Travado Taylor, 35, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes, charged with possession of forged doc
A 38-year-old woman was ordered to pay $1,300 yesterday after being charged with assault and threats of death. Ventina Turnquest, stood before Kara Turnquest-Deveaux, accused of unlawfully assaulting Sasha Dorsette and threatening her with death on J
THE illegal and improper dumping of derelict vehicles, particularly in Freeport following the passing of Hurricane Dorian, is causing concern for city officials who have now identified a designated plot of land for their disposal. The Grand Bahama P
At the moment, we are disconnected from those whom we love. We are living with deep uncertainty, a future unknown.
As a permanent resident ln the Bahamas I am reluctant to express my views, but suffice it to say I am so disappointed and frustrated with the country’s, and in particular the Government’s, reaction to the COVID 19 situation that I am compelled to put pen to paper.
The Bahamas was discovered by Christopher Columbus. In 1492 Columbus sailed the Ocean blue, they had three ships: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.
Connecticut Sun star Jonquel Jones has officially announced her intention to forego the upcoming shortened WNBA season amid COVID-19 pandemic concerns.
WITH the Bahamas Government announcing the reopening of gyms and spas, the Bahamas Bodybuilding Federation is now looking forward to preparing for the proposed National and the Central American and Caribbean Championships.
FORMER boxing champions Patrick ‘the Centreville Assassin’ Strachan and Arthur Buchanan, along with the Progressive Liberal Party, joined those who remembered national boxing/cycling legend Leonard ‘Boston Blackie’ Miller.
AGAINST the backdrop of civil unrest being played out across North America in recent weeks, questions about underlying ideals and values and systemic discrimination are being raised… not only regarding race, but also in gender and in other forms.
Crown land can be defined as public land. It is a territorial area owned by the state (government) that citizens can access and also have the right to use. In The Bahamas, the controversies surrounding crown land can be divided into two parts: Owners
A cyber security specialist yesterday urged Bahamian businesses and government agencies to identify “extremely sought after” soft targets in their IT systems following the attacks on the Registrar General’s Department. Philip Darville, SolveIT Baham
Bahamian gyms and fitness centres yesterday acknowledged that social distancing will be critical to their safe COVID-19 re-opening on July 1. Jennifer Godet, owner of J-Line Fitness Bahamas, told Tribune Business that the permission granted by Dr Hu
Taxi drivers yesterday said they remain cautious about the tourism reopening and accepting fares from visitors due to the 2.2m COVID-19 infections plaguing The Bahamas’ major source market.Wesley Ferguson, the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union’s (BTCU) presiden
Furious Arawak Cay restaurant owners yesterday questioned why they were being singled out as the only location where customers are not allowed to dine inside, arguing: “A restaurant is a restaurant.” Rodney Russell, president of the Arawak Cay Conch
Monday, June 22
SOCIAL distancing rules set to combat COVID-19 didn’t stop special recognition of Nellie Louise Moss and Julia Ann Huyler in honour of their longevity. Governor General Cornelius A Smith maintained his practice of honouring the country’s men and wom
Monday, 22nd June, 2020.
Monday, 22nd June, 2020.
It is nearly a month since the killing of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests against racism.
THREE US senators, who have done little to advance the interests of the Caribbean and with whom requests for meetings by many Caribbean Ambassadors are usually shunted to their staff, are now proposing US government punishment for Caribbean countries that request assistance from Cuba for medical personnel.
Last September, Hurricane Dorian struck the Northern Bahama Islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama causing billions of dollars in damage. The One Eleuthera Foundation stepped in to assist hundreds of evacuees who resettled in Eleuthera, with just over half still remaining today.
COUNTLESS images of police brutality have nearly been just as common as the mantra of “protect and serve” - widely used terminology in policing globally. And yet, The Bahamas refuses to take much-needed steps toward enhancing the level of accountability that currently exists in local law enforcement.
A 12-year-old boy who was reported missing on the weekend has been found and is safe with his family, a close relative told The Tribune yesterday. Kooban Barr was last seen leaving his residence on Farrington Road on Saturday, according to police re
A CHAMBER of Commerce president is urging Andros residents to wait for more definitive details surrounding the proposed North Andros “free trade zone” project before coming to a conclusion on the potential development, which promises thousands of job
IN preparation for the country’s full tourism re-opening on July 1, the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is reminding residents and visitors to ensure that they complete the necessary protocols in order to gain entry into the country.
DESPITE “rumours to the contrary”, Fish Fry at Arawak Cay was not shut down and remains open for business, the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources said. Vendors said a barricade was placed at Arawak Cay’s main entrance on West Bay Street a
HACKERS STRIKE AT GOVT SYSTEM: Russians and Bulgarians behind cyber raid on key banking and personal data
The Government is "betwixt and between" over the Registrar General's Department's cyber security woes after being forced to again shut down its online database following fresh hacking attempts.
The Downtown Nassau Partnership's (DNP) co-chair yesterday said the cruise lines' decision not to resume sailing until September 15 is "a very serious blow" that may mean many small businesses "will not survive".
A trade union leader yesterday said “all options are on the table” after the Court of Appeal rejected his bid and those by three fellow ex-pension fund trustees to overturn bankruptcy orders made against them.Bernard Evans, pictured, the National Con
The government will make no decision on whether to licence a third mobile operator until 2022 at the earliest, its newly-released electronic communications sector policy has revealed. The 2020-2023 policy calls on the Utilities Regulation and Compet
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BEACHES and parks in New Providence, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and Bimini will reopen on Monday, June 29, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced in Parliament.
THE Public Hospitals Authority has announced the resumption of patient visitation to its facilities starting July 1, under strict guidelines due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
HEALTH officials have recommended that residents travelling outside the country for “a short period” of time do not need to produce a negative COVID-19 test to return home, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen said yesterday.
A CARGO ship worker who was transported from Exuma to New Providence last week has tested negative for COVID-19, the Ministry of Heath said. The 33-year-old male patient works on a cargo ship that services the Caribbean and the Turks and Caicos Isla
A SHARK bite victim was transported from The Bahamas to a Palm Beach County hospital last week, according to Florida reports. The Palm Beach Post said a spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue confirmed the incident. Crews stationed at Palm Bea
Recently we have had a river of tears cried over Bahamasair by everyone from the Minister of Tourism, the Chairman and the CEO of Bahamasair and most recently the auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
I had an interesting chat with a lady several days ago. Her name was Andros and she belonged to the Bahamas family.
Father’s Day was a somber one for the family of Bahamas National Hall of Famer Leonard ‘Boston Blackie’ Miller and the Bahamas Boxing Federation fraternity as one of the country’s most versatile athletes/coaches passed away. Miller, who would have c
JUSTIN Roberts, reeling in the catches from his new found fishing hobby, was excited to hear the International Tennis Federation’s announcement last week that the ITF World Tennis Tour will resume on August 3 for ladies’ events and August 17 for the
BAHAMIAN pro basketball player Willis Mackey Jr will make the move from Spain to France next season. Mackey is set to join JSA Bordeaux Métropole Basket of France’s Nationale Masculine 1 (NM1 League, the third-tier division of club basketball in the
DOMINICK Bridgewater continues to climb the pro basketball ladder in France and was promoted for the upcoming season. Bridgewater, a member of the For-Sur-Mer Provence Byers Club, was placed on loan to Sapela Basket 13 of France’s Nationale Masculine
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is accusing regulators of breaching the industry’s governing law in proposing new regulations to prevent “anti-competitive behaviour” in the broadband internet market.The former state-owned monopoly is all
The North Andros Chamber of Commerce’s president is calling for “full transparency” over the three investment projects targeting the area while warning residents against “rushing to judgment” over their merits. Darin Bethell, in a statement sent to
Thucydides was one of the greatest Greek historians of the classical era. He wrote The History of the Peloponnesian War, an eight-volume treaty recounting the conflict between Athens and Sparta, in the 5th Century BC. Sparta, the dominating power at
Saturday, June 20
The body of a woman who was reported missing was discovered in bushes near her home in Eight Mile Rock early on Saturday morning.
Friday, June 19
Friday, 19th June, 2020.
Friday, 19th June, 2020.
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SINGER Sammi Starr begged gunmen "Please don't kill me in front of my family" as he was robbed outside his home while his children called his name.
A 25-year-old man was remanded to prison on Friday after he was charged with holding a man and woman at gunpoint and robbing them of cash earlier this month.
MORE than 700 food vouchers were provided to five local entities in Freeport through the national food distribution programme launched on Friday in Grand Bahama.
AN illegal firearm was discovered in bushes in the Eight Mile Rock area early Friday morning, Grand Bahama Police reported.
THE Bahamas has joined the international chorus calling for "an urgent debate on racism” as people across the world continue to protest police-involved violence against black people, which was sparked by the killing of George Floyd – an unarmed African American man who died in Minneapolis last month.
LIKE buses, it seems you wait forever for a project in Andros, and then three come along at once.
We see the statistics, the staggering numbers of new cases in places where beer taps flow freely again or people gather in peaceful protest convinced their moral conviction could keep COVID at bay.
THIS week we saw our borders being prepared for re-opening, and a police involved shooting, clouded in controversy and conspiracy theories, in which three young Bahamian males lost their lives.
A BAHAMAS-born man who was choked and killed by American police more than 40 years ago was remembered in New York City on Sunday.Thrity-year-old Arthur Miller was killed on June 14, 1978, in New York City by local police after an officer “choked him
BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com Fifty-four police recruits, including 35 Bahamians and 19 from the Turks and Caicos Islands, completed their training at the Police College in Grand Bahama amidst the COVID-19
THE 2020 commencement for University of The Bahamas may not have the traditional pomp and circumstance, but it will have an even more elevated significance for graduates who are closing one chapter of their lives and entering a new one during an unpr
NORTH Andros and the Berry Islands MP Carlton Bowleg said it is “high disrespect” for investors to pursue a massive development affecting his constituents without consulting him first.He was referring to a proposed multi-million development in Morgan
BRITAIN has made a breakthrough with a drug for the treatment of COVID-19 and according to coordinator of the government’s COVID-19 task force the medicine is already here in The Bahamas awaiting approval to be used. The drug, a low dose steroid, is
AMID cleanliness concerns surrounding the re-opening of the Leonard M Thompson International Airport, the North and Central Abaco island administrator has assured the airport will “be back on its regular cleaning schedule” soon and will be ready for
An aggregate mining and land reclamation development, featuring a $15m-$20m first phase investment and creation of 35 jobs, is among three “very different and separate projects” currently targeting North Andros. Cameron Symonette, The Symonette Grou
A prominent QC yesterday argued it would be “pure economic insanity” if the government permits a US billionaire philanthropist to develop a free-trade zone on Andros instead of basing his project in Freeport.
The Bahamas and wider Caribbean must complete a 15-year transformation in just five years to catch up with the developed world in information technology (ICT), a local provider is arguing.Scott MacKenzie, chief executive of Cloud Carib, told Tribune
A $5m commercial faming venture that involved a former US ambassador to The Bahamas was yesterday identified as one of three competing investment proposals targeting North Andros.Documents obtained by Tribune Business name Ned Siegel, an ex-US ambass
The 2020-2021 budget represents a missed opportunity to kickstart talks on progressive reforms such as personal and corporate income taxes, a University of The Bahamas (UoB) economics lecturer is arguing.
TRAVELLERS coming to The Bahamas from English-speaking CARICOM member countries will not be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test for entry to this country, according to Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu.
ABACO residents say they are not waiting for the government to issue evacuation plans for the 2020 hurricane season but are instead making their own plans if another storm were to hit the island.
A WOMAN is desperate for help, saying she needs to pay her landlord more than $2,000 today or will be evicted.
TWO men charged with marijuana possession were yesterday conditionally discharged after they agreed to attend drug counselling classes. A woman who was charged with the same offence was also placed on six months’ probation after her attorney told th
TWO men were charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday with causing harm in two separate incidents. In the first incident, D’angelo Adderley, 40, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was accused of punching his neighbour, Rya
EIGHT fishermen from Spanish Wells and Eleuthera who were accused of using prohibited apparatus to catch fish were each granted $1,000 bail ahead of their trial. Headly Sweeting, 70; Kirkwood Pinder, 51; Garrison Sweeting, 44; Michael Wood, 35; Andy
A MAN is in hospital after he was shot on Wednesday, police said. Shortly before 6pm, a man and a woman were sitting outside a home on Congo Court and Step Street in Fox Hill when a white Honda Fit drove past. A man got out of the car and opened fir
A 39-year-old man was accused of defrauding the Securities Exchange Commission earlier this year. Damalus Curry appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with possession of a forged document and uttering the same, after he was fo
RENOVATIONS at the Grand Bahama Children’s Home are in full swing again and are expected to be completed by the end of next month, according to a representative from the orphanage. The facility was severely destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, leaving 31
BTC’s New Providence Junior Achievement company won top awards at the JA end of year review virtual ceremony which took place on June 1. BTC Horizon’s president, Noel Seymour won President of the Year, Most Distinguished Achiever and was awarded an
I write in connection with your Editorial of the 12th June in which you question the delay in former minister of health, Dr Duane Sands speaking out about his concerns over the government’s handling of the list of missing persons following Hurricane Dorian.
With the many negatives that covid-19 has and continues to leave in its wake, it is imperative for countries such as The Bahamas to derive as many positives from this period as possible.
WITH the resurgence of racism and another spike in the coronavirus in the United States, Bahamian female national discus record holder Serena Brown is trying to make the best of her living situation in Iowa.
4-D Stallions Track Club’s team captain Jodie Ritchie earned an unprecedented achievement as the middle distance runner graduated in the Queen’s College Class of 2020 with academic awards.
THE NCAA Division I Council has outlined the projected timeline for a return to action for both men’s and women’s basketball programmes.
A top Ministry of Tourism official yesterday promised there was “light at the end of the tunnel” for the nation’s largest industry as research shows “70 percent of Americans” will still travel this year. Joy Jibrilu, the Ministry’s director-general,
More than 7,500 persons underwent a COVID-19 compliance workshop in preparation for the tourism sector’s July 1 re-opening, a Cabinet minister has disclosed. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister for tourism and aviation, told the House of Assembly during th
The “first wave” of Atlantis employees will return to work next week as the mega resort confirmed it remains on target for its July 7 return with additional amenities to open seven days later. The Paradise Island destination, in a statement released
Bahamasair has yet to determine the timing or amount of any ticket price increases or baggage fee levies, its managing director said yesterday. Tracey Cooper, asked by Tribune Business when the national flag carrier plans to introduce the “nominal”
A Harbour Island developer fears he will suffer “irreparable harm” if he fails to honour more than $300,000 worth of “unauthorised” contracts agreed by his former project manager. Michael Wiener, principal of 4M Harbour Island Ltd, is alleging that
Bahamas Food Services’ US parent yesterday confirmed that the wholesale giant has been forced to permanently terminate staff due to the protracted nature of the tourism industry’s COVID-19 recovery. Sysco, in response to Tribune Business inquiries,
Thursday, June 18
Thursday, 18th June, 2020.
“So, what are we to do now?”
Let’s be frank: being geographically and culturally close to the US has been good for The Bahamas in many ways for much of its existence as a sovereign, independent state.
“The past is the present, isn’t it? It’s the future, too. We all try to lie out of that but life won’t let us.” - Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night
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DAYS after former Health Minister Dr Duane Sands criticised his former Cabinet colleagues over the handling of Hurricane Dorian victims, members of the Free National Movement’s Elizabeth Association have come out in his defence.Sandra Stuart, a resid
ACTIVISTS have criticised the Office of the Attorney General’s appeal of Justice Ian Winder’s landmark ruling on citizenship. Local group Equality Bahamas and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, an international organisation, said they
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames says the government will rectify the problem of Bahamas Department of Correctional Services officers having to collect human waste in bags and transport it away in trucks. Due to a lack of toilets in some area
THE long-awaited body cams for law enforcement officers are now in the country and are expected to be officially rolled out by August, National Security Minister Marvin Dames revealed in the House of Assembly yesterday. In the meantime, the minister
FORMER Commodore Tellis Bethel has been appointed the security standard inspector at the Ministry of National Security, a role that will allow him to review the ministry’s “respective agencies and programmes” and make recommendations where necessary.
A US-based billionaire is behind a proposed North Andros “free trade zone” that aims to create up to 10,000 construction jobs over the project’s lifetime, it was revealed last night.
A Cabinet minister yesterday conceded that maintaining the existing COVID-19 testing requirements for tourists entering The Bahamas could negatively impact both travel decisions and hotel re-openings.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism
Bahamasair is being “implored” by the COVID-19 crisis to increase revenues by $7.5m annually through the levying of “nominal” ticket price rises and baggage fees, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviat
Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) mammoth bond refinancing aims to raise $535m and will be listed in Singapore when placed with international and local investors, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.
NO TEST - YOU’RE NOT COMING IN: Rising infections in U.S. force retention of test for visitors after July 1
TRAVELLERS will need a COVID-19 negative test result to enter the country when international commercial flights resume on July 1, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar announced yesterday.
Animal rescue organisations in the US have come to the aid of The Humane Society of Grand Bahama after it had to deal with an influx of homeless dogs and cats since Hurricane Dorian, a situation made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday defended his character amid controversy surrounding the government’s handling of missing Hurricane Dorian victims, insisting that whenever he sees wrong “whether inside or outside Cabinet”, he will “express” himself.
AN ATLANTIS executive has confirmed the company is unable to provide transportation for workers when the hotel reopens next month due to cost cutting and job preservation.
A MAGISTRATE discharged a man who violated a weekend lockdown after the accused said he only went across the street to get something from his car. Jamal Jones, 31, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after officers found him on Cowpen Road ar
ONE man and five women were placed on 12 months’ probation and ordered to compensate a marketing agency they defrauded two years ago, after they pleaded guilty to a string of fraud-related charges in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The defendants
A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, accused of punching a police officer and acting disorderly at a police station. Edwin Thompson III, 27, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after he was accused of causing harm t
It is no coincidence that the debate surrounding the statue of Christopher Columbus has resurfaced in recent weeks.
As the status of the 2020 Major League Baseball season hangs in the balance, the organisation made a decision that could affect several Bahamian prospects.
KADEEM Coleby will return to the Akita Northern Happinets for his fourth consecutive season of pro basketball in Japan.
LIFE Prep Academy continues to be a pipeline for Bahamian student athletes across various sporting disciplines.
MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle and a delegation from her ministry visited the construction site of the new Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium June 12.
THE likelihood that the world’s fastest man, Christian Coleman, might miss the Olympics next summer increased yesterday when he received a provisional suspension for failing to be home when drug testers showed up last year.
Hubert Edwards, in the fourth of a five-part series, identifies the areas that require attention if The Bahamas is to improve its value proposition. Regional or similar-sized competitor jurisdictions essentially have the same value proposition as
The US has “indicated they want a piece of the pie” if The Bahamas starts charging airlines for flying through its national airspace, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, confirmed that the US
The government yesterday reversed course on its COVID-19 tourism protocols by announcing that all visitors must produce evidence of negative PCR swab tests to enter The Bahamas from July 1. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister for tourism and aviation, told
Wednesday, June 17
Wednesday, 17th June, 2020.
HOW seriously is the government taking the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian?
Every now and then, the conversation about the statue of Christopher Columbus starts again. It generally does not last for a long time, but people weigh in and we end up with the same sets of opinions. Some people think it should be removed from Government House while others think it should stay.
EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd hit out yesterday at the “so-called educational establishments” that are operating without the legal authority to do so, revealing that his ministry has had to shut down several institutions. He said the existence of th
A GRAND Bahama attorney is calling for a new “decent” hospital to be built in Freeport, stressing that Grand Bahamians deserve a proper public healthcare facility. K Brian Hanna, of K Brian Hanna Chambers, claims that the current hospital is a “tota
GRAND Bahama is “worse off” since the Minnis administration - which won all five constituency seats on the island - was elected to office, claims Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine. “The harsh reality is, Grand Bahama has gotten worse despite all the p
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames has called the police-involved shooting that left three men dead on Saturday “unfortunate” and “concerning”. However, he insisted that “at the end of the day, justice will prevail”. Speaking ahead of a Cabinet
TOURISTS who come to the country when commercial international travel resumes on July 1 will have to present a negative COVID-19 test.
The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday said the 40 managerial staff alleging they have not been paid for weeks are “authors of their own distress” after they failed to co-operate on accessing unemployment benefits.
A bungled contract triggered a dispute that resulted in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) being ordered by the Supreme Court to compensate an independent contractor for four months of work.
More major Bahamian resort properties yesterday unveiled a variety of opening dates, with several pledging an instant relaunch while others have elected to wait until almost year-end.SuperClubs Breezes, the Cable Beach-based all-inclusive, and Comfor
The government is betting that the “full effect” of the revised web shop gaming tax structure will generate a 43.5 percent year-over-year increase in the upcoming fiscal year, a top official said yesterday. Marlon Johnson, the Ministry of Finance’s
The deputy prime minister has reiterated that “it’s too early” to determine if new and/or increased taxes will be needed for The Bahamas to escape the fiscal hole created by COVID-19 and Hurricane Dorian.K Peter Turnquest, pictured, in a recent inter
A NEW study has documented evidence of a thriving conch population located at a remote bank in The Bahamas, bringing hope for conch conservationists.
FORMER Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands acknowledged that he has aspirations to one day become leader of the Free National Movement.
‘LET’S NOT FIXATE ON THE NUMBERS’: Dames – Nothing ‘amiss’ on Dorian deaths but he can’t explain police total
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said he cannot say why the number of people he identified on Sunday as missing after Hurricane Dorian differed from the figure Assistant Commissioner of Police Solomon Cash gave at a recent press conference.
ARAWAK Cay vendors are hopeful the popular dining spot will not be closed again despite some patrons’ behaviour over the weekend. Pictures and videos showed customers not wearing masks or social distancing when operations were allowed to resume on Friday.
TWO men were ordered to compensate a man $150 after they admitted to assaulting him during a traffic accident earlier this month. Errol Knowles, 32, and Charles Sweeting, 25, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after they were accused of assa
A 15-year-old boy has been given a daily curfew and placed on two years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods from a local pre-school. The teenager appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney charged with dishonestly receiving
THREE men were charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday for stealing in two separate incidents. In the first case, an Inagua man denied a string of shop breaking and stealing charges. Jeremy Charlton, 28, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney c
TWO men who were charged with marijuana possession were conditionally discharged after they agreed to attend drug counselling classes.
MARINE Education Initiative, a South Florida based nonprofit organisation, in partnership with community partner Lend a Hand Bahamas have announced a $30,000 donation to assist fishermen and women in Grand Bahama. The donation of $17,300 combined wi
MEMBERS of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force entry 34 squad recently made a donation to Great Commission Ministries. As the squad celebrated 21 years of service, current and past members of that squad observed the occasion by assisting GCM. A non-gove
Although she has not gotten the ultimate desire expected in the three years she has been training there, Bahamian sprinter Anthonique Strachan feels she’s in the right place training with some of the world’s best in Kingston, Jamaica.
AFTER all of the problems he has experienced training here at home with the Bahamas Boxing Federation, Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson said he’s glad that professional boxing is back and he can’t wait for the international borders to open so he can return either to Cuba or the United States to continue to prepare for a possible world title shot.
AMIDST the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association is planning to host its election of officers on Saturday, July 4, at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association.
Family Island resorts yesterday voiced fears that the government may halt plans for the tourism industry’s July 1 re-opening as they make preparations to cater to guests from that date. Krystel Brown, general manager of Rollez Villas Beach Resort on
The Fiscal Responsibility Council (FRC) is seeking “autonomy” in its financial affairs as it finalises the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will govern its relationship with the government. Gowon Bowe, who represents the Bahamas Institute of Ch
A cabinet minister yesterday said “I don’t like, but understand” the decisions taken by Baha Mar and Sandals to postpone their COVID-19 reopenings beyond July 1 to the fall/winter period.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister for tourism and aviation, said: “I
Hubert Edwards, in the third of a five-part series, sets out the process for repositioning the Bahamian financial services industry.
Tuesday, June 16
Tuesday, 16th June, 2020.
It comes as no surprise that in Britain increasing numbers of people are genuinely shocked that protests in London and other cities about racism and police brutality across the Atlantic have turned into an attack on their own country’s history and culture.
MINISTER of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson said the government expects renovation and construction to begin at the Grand Lucayan hotel “within this budget year”. “We had recent conversation with the developers… RCL and ITM and we are
IMMIGRATION Minister Elsworth Johnson said the government still plans to construct a new detention centre on Inagua, however it will not come in the upcoming fiscal period. He also said the Immigration Department hopes to hire between 60-100 new rec
CONCERNED health officials say they found the behaviour of Arawak Cay patrons toward COVID-19 requirements on Saturday “disturbing”. In phase four of the country’s plan to re-open, stalls at the popular eating spot were allowed to open for outdoor d
THE Dominican fishing vessel “Digna Rosa 1” was sunk by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force last week. The vessel was escorted to its watery grave west of Coral Harbour by HMBS Lignum Vitae, under the command of Lieutenant Owen Sands, last Th
Growing up, I attended Holy Cross Anglican Church with my family. For most of my years there, the late Canon Neil Roach, affectionately called “Father” by many, was rector. He was assisted by a priest who found a way to connect with the young people of the church and make a difference.
Ministerial intervention yesterday overcame “a rocky start” to the tourism industry’s re-opening after Bahamas Customs failed to appear at multiple marinas to clear incoming boats and yachts Peter Maury, the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) pres
A prominent QC yesterday urged the government to seize the “now or never” opportunity provided by COVID-19 to transform Freeport into “the economic juggernaut for the future of The Bahamas”.
The Central Bank’s governor yesterday warned that the government must reimpose fiscal discipline once the COVID-19 crisis has passed so it can continue to access the debt markets. John Rolle, during a webinar hosted by the Ministry of Finance, said
A Bahamian fixed base operator (FBO) says it has close to 100 private aircraft inquiring about coming to The Bahamas within the next month after the sector reopened for business yesterday. Alphonso Bowe, general manager of Jet Nassau Air Elite, told
A frustrated Bahamian auto dealer yesterday revealed he “cannot make any headway” in resolving demands for thousands of dollars in port storage fees after COVID-19 left his vehicle imports “stuck on the dock”.
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THE National Emergency Management Agency says evacuation plans should be considered this hurricane season for Central Abaco, Grand Bahama, Salina Point in Acklins and Spanish Wells in Eleuthera.
THE Office of the Attorney General has filed a notice of appeal against Justice Ian Winder’s groundbreaking ruling on citizenship.
THE Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the appeal of 13 pharmacists who sought to have their licences renewed by the Bahamas Pharmacy Council, after ruling that doing so would “reduce quality pharmacy care”.
TWO social media personalities and one man were sentenced to three months in prison in two separate incidents after they pleaded guilty to child cruelty in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
A 24-year-old man who was charged with marijuana possession was given a conditional discharge yesterday after agreeing to take drug counselling classes. Lawrence Tynes appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes after officers found him on
TWO teenagers appeared in court yesterday to be charged with armed robbery yesterday. Delgado Rolle, 18, and a 16-year-old boy appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with one count of armed robbery after they were accused of s
TWO men were injured after a car accident outside of Sandy Point, Abaco. One of them is in critical but stable condition and was airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau. Chief Superintendent Wendell Smith, officer in charge of the Abaco di
SIX Chinese nationals were arrested yesterday morning at a condominium in Freeport, police reported. According to reports, shortly before 5am on Monday, a team of officers, acting on information, went to a condo complex at Kelly Court in South Baham
BAHAMAS Power and Light reported a number of areas in New Providence were without power yesterday afternoon. According to a notice from BPL at 4.45pm yesterday, a portion of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates, Montgomery Avenue, Flamingo Gardens and Oak Ri
THE Abaco Chamber of Commerce is sounding the alarm about corruption among a small number of government employees. Abaco Chamber of Commerce president Ken Hutton said yesterday there were three incidents reported in the last two weeks of government
WHEN Iram Lewis spoke in Parliament during his Budget contribution, his words would have been reassuring.
The good old fashioned system of values which my late father (Reverend Dr. Ortland H. Bodie Sr.) and my late beloved mother (Annie Hepburn Deveaux) instilled in me and my siblings growing up back in the day has stood the test of time. Those values included a love and respect for The Lord Jesus Christ; taking responsibility for one’s behaviour and choices; self reliance; hard work; thrift and honesty.
Bahamian Jyles Etienne, who decided to give up a promising career as a basketball player to compete in track and field, is fast becoming one of the premier high jumpers to watch at the collegiate level.
AS local sporting activities remain on hold throughout the country due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations eagerly anticipate the guidelines that will allow them to return to participation.
The government will not be held hostage to any deadlines or timelines for completing The Bahamas’ accession to full World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership, a Cabinet minister said yesterday. Elsworth Johnson, pictured , minister of financial serv
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) yesterday unveiled a second phase of loan repayment deferrals for Bahamian and Caribbean clients impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.RBC’s personal banking clients will be able to apply for further three-month payment
The government is being urged by the financial services industry to reform the Business License Act to clarify the definition of “export turnover”, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.Elsworth Johnson, minister of financial services, trade and Immigrat
Barbers and hair salons yesterday said they were focusing on appointments only as the sector re-opened following three months of COVID-19 lockdown. Garcia Davis, The Edge of Paradise Barber Shop’s owner/operator, told Tribune Business : “Our first d
New car sales plunged more than 90 percent during the COVID-19 lockdown’s peak, data seen by Tribune Business has revealed, with many dealerships “not selling a single vehicle” for April.
Monday, June 15
Monday, 15th June, 2020.
Monday, 15th June, 2020.
THREE men were shot dead by police this weekend.
THE failure of the world’s richest nations to respond adequately to the abrupt and rapid decline in the economies of developing countries, including the Caribbean, is resulting in huge increases in unemployment and poverty and could, ultimately, erode democracy and the rule of law.
IT is no secret that success in the hotel business...
Tragically, police and Immigration abuse, oppression and brutality in The Bahamas remain systemic, ubiquitous, unreformed, unrelenting, unaccountable and unapologetic. PLP and FNM governments alike do nothing about it!
CHAIRMAN of Bahamas Against Crime Reverend CB Moss is calling for the government and stakeholders to come together to “prepare plans” that would take policing in a “new direction”, following a recent police-involved shooting that left three men dead
BAHA MAR has announced it will not resume operations until October and will carry out additional staff cuts. The luxury hotel property says it has postponed reopening in light of the “evolving nature” of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to its emp
AN ABACO resident yesterday lambasted the timing of former Health Minister Dr Duane’s Sands comments which criticised how the government handled Hurricane Dorian victims that went missing after the storm.
A Cabinet minister yesterday conceded it is “deeply concerning” that Baha Mar has delayed its re-opening amid plans to make “additional staffing reductions” that could result in hundreds losing their jobs. Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured , minister of
A Bahamian retail entrepreneur says COVID-19’s “transformative” impact has spurred him to look at regional expansion with sales “30 percent off” as his businesses emerge from lockdown.Andrew Wilson, the Quality Business Centre (QBC) proprietor, told
The government’s top labour official is projecting that various “anchor projects” will return The Bahamas’ jobless rate to “single digit” levels by the end of 2022. John Pinder, the director of labour, told Tribune Business that multiple development
ACTIVTRADES: A green revolution could emerge from the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus
In the face of adversity, it’s normal and healthy to find reasons to be cheerful, so spirits can be kept high and the fightback initiated; every cloud has a silver lining, as the saying goes. One of the silver linings found during the coronavirus cri
THE Consultant Physician Staff Association wants people abroad to be tested before they enter the Bahamas as countries around the globe are experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases as restrictions are relaxed.
GRIEF stricken family members reacted furiously after police killed three of their relatives on Saturday after an officer was “ambushed” by gunshots. The deaths marked the country’s deadliest police-involved killing since three men were killed in the Blair Estates community in May 2019.
POLICE lists show that 279 people are still missing after Hurricane Dorian, according to National Security Minister Marvin Dames.
POLICE are looking for two suspects who robbed two women on Friday. According to a police report, two women were sitting in a silver Nissan Cube in front of a home off Soldier Road when two gunmen accosted them shortly before 8pm. The thieves stole the women’s car and personal property.
By Tosheena Robinson-Blair AS the tourism sector prepares for its July 1 reopening, one popular attraction will remain closed as it attempts to stave off worsening financial conditions triggered when business ground to a halt due to COVID-19. In th
The latest in a long line of protests for equality in the United States has pricked the consciences of some here who are again questioning the symbols of veneration that dot our landscape.
With most students here and abroad not able to have the graduation they expected from high school or college because of the COVID-19 pandemic, top junior female player Sydney Clarke is basking in the fact that she accomplished the feat at Windsor School.
AFTER months under quarantine in Spain since his rookie season of pro basketball abruptly concluded due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Willis Mackey Jr is one of many Bahamian residents who have finally returned home.
WHILE Mike Sands indicated that that there is no room for systemic racism that has resurfaced in the United States, there is an opportunity to help unite the athletes in the region through a track and field meet staged here in the Bahamas.
SPRINT hurdler Oscar Smith will make the move to the Big 10 when he transfers to a new programme.
As the world’s greatest economy approaches June 19, a date that marks news of the abolition of slavery reaching Texas, financial crime professionals across the US and the world are grappling with a different but uncomfortably similar problem. It is m
A Sandy Port restaurant’s proprietor says he is “blessed to be open” after enduring a three-month COVID-19 lockdown even though the prohibition on indoor dining will cost him 40 percent of normal revenues. Jacques Carlino, owner/operator of the Blue
Major US airlines are taking different positions on when to resume services to The Bahamas, with some opting to wait one month as rivals relaunch with the border opening on July 1.Delta Airlines, telling Tribune Business it will be back from day one,
Until The Bahamas adjusts its business model or approach to delivering financial services it will be vulnerable to the vagaries of international (supra-national) agencies and developed countries seeking to destroy it as an international financial cen
A Long Island resort is predicting that its room nights will be down almost 50 percent year-over-year for July after generating business via its social media platform.Matthew Brear, general manger of Cape Santa Maria, told Tribune Business: “We’re ki
Some 40 staff members at a Grand Bahama hotel have participated in the government-mandated tourism business compliance training sessions. “We are elated and excited to welcome both our Bahamian and international guests back to our happy hotel, and w
The hotel union’s president says the hoped-for “domino effect” from Atlantis announcing its July 7 re-opening has failed to materialise after Baha Mar delayed its own comeback and warned of “staff reductions” to come.Darrin Woods, the Bahamas Hotel,
Saturday, June 13
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POLICE shot and killed three men on Cowpen Road on Saturday, after an officer was “ambushed” by a gunman.
Friday, June 12
After a near three month closure, vendors and stall owners at Potter’s Cay Dock and Arawak Cay were allowed to reopen for business on Friday.
A relative is calling for donations to help the victims of a suspected arson attack.
A HAITIAN man and woman were charged with assaulting another woman and putting her child in harm’s way in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
THE Comptroller of Customs and the Office of Attorney General have agreed to preserve the goods that were seized from Jonathan Ash after he was charged for violating the emergency orders earlier this year.
A 24-year-old man was charged with armed robbery in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
A 30-year-old man was charged with causing harm in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Friday, 12th June, 2020.
SEVENTY-FIVE people were repatriated to Haiti on Friday, the first repatriation of illegal immigrants since March when countries began implementing border closures to prevent spread of COVID-19.
AS many as 7,000 families on Grand Bahama struggling with unemployment during COVID-19 have benefited from a local feeding programme that receives a weekly donation from a private charity.
MORE than $4 million in school reconstruction contracts have been awarded to get public schools in Grand Bahama ready for reopening in September, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd announced this week in Grand Bahama.
AN illegal firearm has been found by police officers.
Friday, 12th June, 2020.
When Dr Duane Sands rose in the House yesterday, he had strong words to say about the government’s handling of Hurricane Dorian.
We are so spoiled. So utterly, utterly spoiled and fortunate and lucky beyond our wildest dreams. We live in The Bahamas.
I’ve been a professional comedian for the past twenty-two years, and one thing I take pride in, is being topical and relevant.
BAHAMIAN rower Sophie Paine will be racing for a good cause in the MCH.London virtual boat race to raise funds for charity.She will be among Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and club rowers in teams from Oxford and Cambridge for the virtual ra
AFTER about 30 staff members of the Hilton hotel hit the unemployment line, the country’s director of labour said it is unfortunate that the hotel did not at least give the economy a chance to rebound before letting workers go.Tribune Business report
ASSISTANT Commissioners of Police Clayton Fernander and Leamond Deleveaux want the recent appointments of four Chief Superintendents to Assistant Commissioners of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to be rescinded.In a letter this week to Governor Genera
Requiring visitors to take a COVID-19 test before they enter The Bahamas is “a non-starter”, a Cabinet minister argued yesterday, while warning that the tourism industry’s July 1 re-opening will “inevitably” increase cases. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minis
A union leader last night warned that Sandals’ delaying the re-opening of its flagship Cable Beach property until November 1 will have “a devastating effect” on staff who will be “unable to survive another five months”.Obie Ferguson, the Trades Union
A $1.346m wrongful dismissal claim against a BISX-listed insurer, rejected by the Court of Appeal, was yesterday branded by an employment law specialist as the “biggest” he has ever seen in The Bahamas. Robert Adams, consultant attorney at Delaney P
Bahamas First says Hurricane Dorian’s devastation caused its “largest motor vehicle” loss ever with 538 claims producing gross losses of more $6m in that business category.The property and casualty insurer’s 2019 annual report adds that while most of
An oil explorer yesterday said its pending merger with another Caribbean-based operator “assures rather than threatens” the delivery of its first well in Bahamian waters by year-end 2020.Simon Potter, Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) chief executive
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands assailed the Minnis administration’s handling of people who went missing after Hurricane Dorian yesterday, saying the credibility of the government has been hurt by how the matter has been handled.
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says The Bahamas is not testing nearly enough people for COVID-19 and he does not support re-opening the country’s borders to people not tested for the virus.
SANDALS Royal Bahamian will not open to guests until November 1, the resort has announced.
A 24-year-old man was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday with murdering a man and a 10-year-old girl and attempting to murder another man late last month.
RESEARCHERS have warned that coral is increasingly threatened by a disease that is taking a firmer hold of the nation. Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) has been confirmed by the Perry Institute for Marine Science less than three months after
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force detained fishermen suspected of fisheries violations on Wednesday morning.
A WOMAN is dead after a traffic accident in New Providence on Wednesday night.
A 37-year-old man was fined $350 for violating the curfew after claiming he was trying to go to his neighbour’s house to get food for his mother.He was one of several who appeared in Magistrate’s Court for curfew and lockdown violations, including tw
A MAN was ordered to pay $4,027 after he pleaded guilty to receiving two stolen crab pens that contained an assortment of white and black crabs. Demetrius Smith appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis after he was accused of dishonestl
A 21-year-old man has been ordered to attend drug counselling classes for six months after he pleaded guilty to drug possession in Magistrate’s Court. Phillip Cleare appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis this week after officers foun
A 25-year-old man was charged yesterday with fatally shooting another man in the Moore Avenue area last week. Kendrick Lundy also known as “Papa” appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with the death of Angelo Lightbourne on
Nothing is black and white; there are always areas of grey. Columbus’ statue is no exception.
I have never read so much rubbish out of the mouth of a clergyman as I read in Thursday’s Tribune giving reasons why Christopher Columbus’ statue should be removed from in front of Government House.
Chavano Rainer ‘Buddy’ Hield returned to the basketball court for competitive play for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined the NBA.
WITHOUT any success in securing any financial support from the Bahamas Government, sprinter Cliff Resias is forced to come home from the United States of America to redirect his career as he prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games.
ALTHOUGH he has been forced to join the workforce to support his wife and daughter, quarter-miler Ashley Riley said he’s still looking to continue his athletic career with the goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games.
LIKE a mother with three children, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle said her triple portfolios will be treated the same in the allocation of funds.
WITH a three-month layoff still looming since the last time the Lakers last played, the major question in ‘Laker Land’ is whether they’ll be able to pick up where they left off.
A newly-established modular home builder is expanding from its Freeport base to serve Family Island residential and small commercial clients with storm-resilient structures.Mosaic Modular, led by its chief executive, Edward Rice, opened in Freeport j
The National Insurance Board (NIB) has to-date paid out more than $38m in benefits to unemployed workers impacted by COVID-19, a Cabinet minister confirmed yesterday. Brensil Rolle, pictured , minister for the public service with responsibility for
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, and governments mandate, that we wear masks and exercise social distancing in all public spaces. Engaging customers is a challenge at the best of times, and as we continue our phased
North Andros-based onion farmers are fearful that COVID-19 restrictions could result in their bumper harvest going to waste. The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), in a statement yesterday, said farmers are worried that continui
Airbnb yesterday said it has formed a strategic alliance with the Ministry of Tourism to further drive vacation rental demand that, based on booking data, is “beginning to bounce back” in COVID-19’s wake.Since the pandemic began, Airbnb said the perc
A cyber security specialist yesterday said urged companies to identify gaps in their information technology (IT) defence after seeing a “tremendous uptick” in attacks on Bahamian networks. Philip Darville, SolveIT Bahamas’ managing director, told Tri
The Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive yesterday urged The Bahamas to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to kick-start domestic tourism after managing to successfully contain the virus to-date.Jeffrey Beckles said that while “the restarting of our touris
Thursday, June 11
Thursday, 11th June, 2020.
Thursday, 11th June, 2020.
THE local sporting community continues to react to reports of massive budget cuts to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WHAT are the consequences of police using excessive force?
THE only public lending library on Grand Bahama that was severely damaged by Dorian is undergoing restoration, thanks to funds provided in excess of $250,000 from the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited.
It’s early on a weekend morning in downtown Washington DC in the time of the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter. A light north breeze carries away some of the deepening humidity and rising air temperature, but summer has totally arrived in America’s capital city and everyone on the streets feels it.
A young black Jesuit priest in the United States is depressed and frustrated. He lives in an overwhelmingly white religious community and works in overwhelmingly white institutions. He is exhausted with having to constantly explain to white colleagues and friends the legacy of racism he and other blacks endure day after day.
THE Bahamas Utilities and Services and Allied Workers Union is again calling on the government to intervene in ongoing disputes with executives at the Water and Sewage Corporation.
POLICE have a man in custody who is helping with an armed robbery investigation.
BAHAMIAN citizens and residents who were stuck in the United Kingdom and Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic are set to return home today.
AFTER spending some $30m, the Department of Immigration will soon have a fully online application and cashless system, Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson said yesterday.
REVEREND Sebastian Campbell says Bahamians are too docile and should march to force the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue in front of Government House.
The Bahamian entrepreneur behind the proposed $2m renovation of Paradise Island's lighthouse yesterday said he refuses to continue "begging like a Jonser" after taking his battle with the Government to court.
Hotel workers yesterday voiced optimism that Atlantis's planned July 7 re-opening represents "real progress" towards a full-on tourism rebound almost three months after the industry's near-total shutdown.
The hotel union yesterday said it is “bracing for the worst” after the British Colonial Hilton blamed the “unprecedented” COVID-19 fall-out for forcing a 15 percent cut in its workforce.Darrin Woods, the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Uni
A major Bahamian insurance company has revealed it almost fell victim to computer hackers “during the height” of the COVID-19 pandemic’s lockdown. Bahamas First, the property and casualty underwriter, revealed in its just-released 2019 annual report
A SUPREME Court judge has said police must guard against criticism of excessive force but warned that pulling a trigger on an unarmed person “should be a measure of last resort”.
A QUADRIPLEGIC and his elderly father escaped injury after a suspected arsonist set fire to their home home early on Tuesday morning.
A MAGISTRATE discharged a Muslim man who was arrested for violating the national curfew after the accused explained he is homeless and seeking asylum in the country after fleeing China.
THE Court of Appeal has overturned the 12-year prison sentence of a man who was accused of raping a woman in 2015, after he argued his conviction was unsafe since the trial judge failed to give the jury a good character direction.
A 22-year-old Bimini resident was arraigned in Freeport yesterday for a double murder which occurred three years ago.
A 33-year-old man who was accused of threatening to harm his ex-girlfriend during an argument last month was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
A 46-year-old man was charged in Magistrate’s Court for violating the conditions of his bail.
LOCAL entertainers recently surprised staff at the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development and the Department of Social Services with lunch.
“Dad changed the world!” shouted a happy, innocent 6-year-old child as she rode on her uncle’s back while he plowed through crowds of demonstrators, shouting her father’s name in protest to his death at the hands of the Houston police.
As World Athletics seeks to return to a state of normalcy, an innovative new approach will feature some of the biggest names in the sport competing remotely, including Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
THIS Saturday, June 13, local Bahamas rower and current Cambridge University women’s boat squad member Sophie Paine will join Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and club rowers, representing teams from Oxford and Cambridge to compete in the very first MCH.Londonvirtual boat race.
Not all restaurants at Arawak Cay and Potter’s Cay dock will be re-opening tomorrow as some are still implementing the COVID-19 health and safety protocols mandated by the Government. Rodney Russell, president of the Arawak Cay Conch, Fish, Vegetabl
The Ministry of Tourism held a series of virtual sales missions during the COVID-19 lockdown in a bid to maintain The Bahamas’ status as a top destination with the US and Canadian travel industries. Officials participated in online events such as we
A major Bahamian fuel provider yesterday said rising global oil prices, driven by increased economic activity as the world emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown, has driven its gasoline prices back to almost $4 per gallon. Valentino Hanna, general mana
The Bahamas Association of Land Surveyors (BALS) yesterday said it is awaiting the imminent arrival of a new surveyor-general as the government unveiled plans to upgrade the Department of Lands and Surveys. Pakeisha Parker-Edgecombe, parliamentary s
A Cabinet minister yesterday hailed the 2020-2021 Budget’s expanded $140m social safety net as “an unprecedented measure for an unprecedented time”. Frankie Campbell, minister for social services and urban development, told the House of Assembly dur
The Ministry of Finance’s top official has blamed COVID-19 for disrupting the “ramp up” of its tax cheats crackdown through a unit charged with ultimately generating $80m-$100m in extra revenues per annum.Marlon Johnson told Tribune Business that the
Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC) has expanded its locally-produced product line with the launch of Sprite Cranberry just prior to summer 2020. The new flavour, which features the crisp taste of fresh cranberries, contains no sugar or calories. It wi
The Bahamas Real Estate Association’s (BREA) president is hoping the government will consider economic citizenship and interest rate cuts as ways to stimulate growth for her industry and the wider economy. With realtors reporting strong interest in
Wednesday, June 10
AN Abaco mother hopes her son’s tragic death will bring urgent attention to the “dangerous” conditions at the S C Bootle Highway in the Fox Town settlement of Abaco. Edith Clarke - whose 16-year-old son Zion Pratt was killed on Sunday night while wa
Wednesday, 10th June, 2020.
AS The Bahamas busily prepares to reopen to tourists, there is an elephant in the room that we are struggling to address – the ongoing number of cases of COVID-19 in the United States.
ALICIA WALLACE: We won’t go away and the questions won’t stop just because you treat us with contempt
The resignation of Dr. Duane Sands as Minister of Health has come up again. We all still had questions about what happened to lead to that action. We heard there was a breach of protocol, but never a description of the breach. How did Sands overstep and who else was responsible for what took place?
A man who claimed he violated the weekend lockdown because he was heading home after visiting his terminally ill grandmother was fined $250 yesterday.
LONG Island MP Adrian Gibson has sent more than one million seeds to his constituents in Long Island in an effort to encourage the resurgence of local farming on the island.
As the world accepts its new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new batch of young motivated Bahamians have accepted the call to become potential Defence Force marines. Joining on June 6, the group of 50 males and 10 females now make up New Entry 57 Woman Entry 26 and is already hard at work towards transforming both their bodies and minds.
THE Education Loan Authority’s outstanding balance decreased by nearly $2 million between June 2019 and March 2020, ELA chairman Miriam Emmanuel said yesterday during her budget communication.
AN Abaco mother hopes her son’s tragic death will bring urgent attention to the “dangerous” conditions at the S C Bootle Highway in the Fox Town settlement of Abaco.
WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister stressed that recent Bahamas Power and Light electricity outages are not due to power generation issues.
Bahamian accountants are bracing for “a spike” in corporate liquidations, receiverships and restructuring over the next two-three months as the post-COVID-19 fate of many businesses is determined. Craig A “Tony” Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accounta
An oil explorer yesterday pledged its Uruguay licence success “will not distract” from efforts to drill in Bahamian waters as it remains “absolutely 100 percent focused” on its well obligations to this nation. Simon Potter, the Bahamas Petroleum Comp
A Bahamian businessman has hailed the end to the government’s COVID-19 travel card “nightmare” that he says cost his corporate group “two weeks’ worth of work”.Robert Myers, head of the Caribbean Group of Companies, told Tribune Business that the req
Doctors Hospital says a 30.4 percent cut in losses at its Blake Road facility, combined with increased patient revenues, drove a “second consecutive year of record” financial results during the 12 months to end-January. The medical services provider
Atlantis will welcome guests back to the resort starting on July 7.
Bahamian property and casualty insurers are urging the government to adjust its COVID-19 premium deferral order on the grounds that it is “too restrictive to trade” as peak hurricane season nears.Anton Saunders, RoyalStar Assurance’s managing directo
DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest has acknowledged concerns that ongoing protests and other factors in the United States may lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases there and have an impact on the country’s July 1 date for resuming commercial travel.
SOME parents have reacted with fury at news that the national high school exams will take place next month after weeks of uncertainty, fearing the irregularity caused by the COVID-19 crisis will doom the performances of their children.
A PETITION to remove the Christopher Columbus statue at Government House has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures.
THE Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions will petition the Court of Appeal to retry Donna Vasyli for the murder of her husband.
THREE boys were brought to court yesterday, to face charges of breaking into a house to steal a gaming system.
TWO men were charged with drug possession in two separate incidents in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
ABACO police discovered a “substantial” quantity of dangerous drugs, illegal firearms, and ammunition at a house that resulted in the arrest of two men on Monday evening.
The passing of Edna Lenora Lowe (according to Death Notice published May 21, 2020) at age 94 years marks the end of an era in the history of the Registrar General’s Department, where she was the last survivor of what was referred to in the old days as “the Lily White Registry”.
Although she didn’t get to fulfill her dream of being the next Bahamian to become a member of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) fraternity, Lashann Higgs is not letting the disappointment get the best of her professional basketball career.
EVEN with the economy starting to get back to normalcy in the wake of COVID-19, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ President Drumeco Archer is still not sure whether or not their National Track and Field Championships will take place.
MINGOES Athletic Director Kimberley Rolle is confident that with an additional $1.5 million allocated in the Bahamas government’s 2020/21 budget to the University of the Bahamas, they could continue to become a viable tertiary institution for Bahamian student athletes to attend.
POLICE are looking for two brazen thieves who robbed a Rubis service station on West Bay Street yesterday.
A Cabinet minister yesterday said the government has not abandoned its Grand Bahama “technology hub” ambitions as it refocuses on training to drive a “resurgence” in entrepreneurs. Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, said: “We are con
The deputy prime minister yesterday said he was unaware of any further Swiss-owned financial institutions preparing to exit The Bahamas while acknowledging the continued pressures on the sector.K Peter Turnquest, pictured, speaking to reporters asse
The government is “aggressively pursuing” the Grand Bahama International Airport’s (GBIA) acquisition as a “high priority” for the island’s economic revival, a Cabinet minister reiterated yesterday. Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama
Bahamian airlines yesterday said travellers have been “receptive and understanding” of the new COVID-19 health measures following inter-island domestic travel’s Monday restart. Sherrexcia “Rexy” Rolle, Western Air’s vice-president of operations and
Furious taxi drivers yesterday slammed the Road Traffic Department (RTD) for shutting down efforts to resume business at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) following the restart of inter-island domestic travel. Wesley Ferguson, the Bahamas
Tuesday, June 9
Tuesday, 9th June, 2020.
SHOULD students who have had to study at home through the pandemic have to take their examinations in the coming weeks?
We need to rid our country of the institutional inequalities that persist in our laws, our policies, and our practices
THE death of George Floyd in the US has ignited a movement that aims to challenge the issues of racial injustice and police brutality that continue to plague that nation.
Most people will be thoroughly familiar by now with the circumstances of the death two weeks ago of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis and its violent aftermath. But it is hard to refrain from commenting on this and the subsequent protests both in the US and around the world. The killing of an unarmed and handcuffed Afro-American man already in police custody, with the sickeningly graphic video footage for all to watch, has triggered revulsion around the world.
Two police officers in Hollywood, Florida took the time to speak with me over the weekend about the protests happening in America and throughout the world.
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said government debt under the Minnis administration has increased by $977 million since taking office. He was speaking during the start of the 2020/2021 budget debate yesterday and was r
COVID-19 has hindered economic recovery in Grand Bahama, but businesses are hopeful that things will “bounce back” as the economy moves towards full reopening. Retail stores reopened to the public for the first time last Tuesday since the March shut
A MOTHER had an emotional reunion yesterday with her four-year-old son who was stuck in Cat Island for more than two months due to travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The boy, Leroy Hutchison, was only expected to have a short v
TEN-year-old Lorencia Simmons Walkes was remembered yesterday as a “loving, happy child” who always greeted her teachers with hugs.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party deputy leader Chester Cooper yesterday questioned why the Minnis administration will borrow $252 million from the International Monetary Fund.
A Bahamian insurer’s parent is targeting companies struggling to rebound from COVID-19, its chairman has revealed, after its corporate structure provided a $2.33m buffer against Hurricane Dorian claims payouts.
The Bahamas needs an “extraordinary economic shot in the arm” to meet the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) targets, an ex-finance minister said yesterday, as hitting them would be comparable to “beating Usain Bolt”.James Smith, also an ex-Central
Bahamians must abandon their “xenophobic and schizophrenic” attitude towards foreign investors if the economy is to survive the devastation inflicted by COVID-19, a prominent doctor warned yesterday.Dr Johnathan Rodgers, pictured, the “eye doctor” an
The Ministry of Finance’s Revenue Compliance and Enforcement Unit (RCEU) has made a $39.2m “fiscal impact” by cracking down on tax leakages over the 2019/2020 fiscal year’s first ten months. K Peter Turnquest, deputy prime minister, in kick-starting
Bahamian general insurers yesterday voiced relief that “a long battle” with the government over the VAT treatment of insurance claims payouts has seemingly come to a resolution. Anton Saunders, RoyalStar Assurance’s managing director, told Tribune B
‘YOU WERE TOLD - EXAMS GO AHEAD’: Lloyd insists lockdown was ‘not a holiday’ and state tests will proceed
DESPITE pushback from some quarters, the Ministry of Education remained firm yesterday on the July date for national exams, saying it was always known the tests were being postponed, not cancelled.
FREE National Movement chairman Carl Culmer said the party has “moved on” from the issue of Dr Duane Sands’ resignation from Cabinet and is instead focused on getting through the COVID-19 pandemic.
A 16-year-old resident of Fox Town, Abaco was tragically killed by a motorist on Sunday evening while walking home after playing basketball.
A SPANISH man was fined $400 yesterday after he claimed he violated the recent weekend lockdown because he was not aware of the emergency orders and saw people jogging outside. He was among several people who appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann
A 21-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of having sexual intercourse last month with a minor. Ashton Sturrup appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt after he was accused of engaging in sexual intercourse
A 30-year-old man was charged in Magistrate’s Court after he threatened to kill two women during a verbal altercation at a gas station last week. Thorne Bootle appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with threatening Samantha
A PRE-SCHOOL teacher and her cousin were charged in Magistrate’s Court charged with attempting last week to defraud two Super Value stores with fraudulent food store stamps. Tromar Sweeting, 26, and Bendra Thompson, 25, appeared before Chief Magistr
A 32-year-old man was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine or spend six months in prison after he admitted to throwing a beer bottle at a shop owner during an argument last month. Andrew Smith appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged wi
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and now the protest for the late George Floyd in the United States, former St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine and CARIFTA champion Justin Pinder has been taking it all in stride in Richmond, Virginia.
YOLETTE McPhee-McCuin was one of several leaders of Ole Miss Rebels student athletics to lead a Unity Walk on the Oxford, Mississippi campus as protests against police brutality continue across the globe.
The so-called question of affordable housing has eluded successive national government since the days when the Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham served as Minister of Housing under the Pindling administration. He was charged with the development of several new lower income housing subdivisions. Successive governments all tried their level best to bring affordable housing to as many qualified Bahamians as possible.
The question was is the Bahamas Treasury broke?
More than 500 barbers and beauty professionals have registered to obtain the necessary COVID-19 prevention certification that will allow them to return to work on June 15. Dr Dellarese Taylor, president of the Bahamian Cosmetologists and Barbers Ass
The deputy prime minister yesterday slammed the opposition’s “hypocrisy” for criticising the projected $1.3bn fiscal deficit for 2020-2021 when it had called for some $2bn worth of borrowing just weeks before.K Peter Turnquest, leading off the Budget
Planning and co-ordination will be critical if the government’s $9m food security investment in the 2020-2021 budget is to have any impact, agricultural sector participants have warned.Dr Earl Deveaux, a former minister for agriculture and current da
The government is “very near” to going live with the portal that will allow visiting boaters and fishermen to pay for key permits online, the deputy prime minister said yesterday.K Peter Turnquest, kicking-off the budget debate in the House of Assemb
A Bahamian financial services provider yesterday joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in urging the Central Bank to cut interest rates to stimulate economic growth and investment post-COVID-19. Robert Pantry, Simplified Lending’s founder and
Monday, June 8
Monday, 8th June, 2020.
Monday, 8th June, 2020.
It is recognised by regional and international health organisations that in the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health is an important metric to gauge population health and to direct governmental response and policies. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres spoke in May about the negative impact of COVID-19 on mental health. The World Health Organization has also raised concerns about mental health. They agree that mental health matters and should be prioritised as an “essential part of all government response to COVID-19”.
We’re back in business – although not quite everyone yet.
AFTER nearly three months of participating in virtual worship, churches in New Providence were allowed to open their doors for “in house” worship over the weekend with social distancing and hygiene requirements. However, not every church was willing
OVER 8,000 students and parents across the country have signed an online petition calling for the cancellation of the country’s national examinations which are set to begin next month. The exams, which usually start in April, were postponed after th
AS the country enters Phase Four of the plan to restart the economy, the Ministry of Environment and Housing has issued a statement on guidelines for returning to work. According to the statement, Minister of the Environment Romauld Ferreira issued
OPPOSITION leader Brave “Brave” Davis yesterday called Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ recent announcements on the re-opening of the country’s economy a “ball of confusion”, saying more clarity is needed on the country’s travel requirements for visi
A wreath-laying ceremony was held Friday in memory of the four victims of the 2018 Labour Day tragedy. Tabitha Haye, Tami Gibson, Dianne Ferguson and Kathleen Fernander, who lost their lives tragically on June 1, 2018 during the Sir Randol Fawkes La
ADHERENCE to democracy, including free and fair elections, has been on trial in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region over the past three months in Guyana and Suriname.
WITH tens of thousands of Bahamians on the verge of poverty as a result of the the COVID-19 pandemic, much-needed relief is on the way. The government has moved the country into Phase Four of the reopening plan – one step closer to a life as close to normal as possible – and June 15 will see the tourism industry begin to feel its first jolts of new life.
The government must run an unheard-of $500m fiscal surplus beginning in the 2024-2025 budget year to hit a key debt reduction target by the end of this decade, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revealed. The fund, in a report accompanying it
The government may move Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) aside and secure the nine-figure refinancing the state-owned utility requires itself, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.
The government rejected plans for a $30m hike in so-called “sin taxes” on alcohol and tobacco in the run-up to the 2020-2021 budget, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revealed. The fund, in a report accompanying its decision to grant The Bah
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has nudged the Central Bank towards a more proactive monetary policy stance by saying it has "some room to lower interest rates" amid the COVID-pandemic.
IN 1957 the then Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first communication satellite, firing the starting shot for the first space race. Over the following decades the USSR and the USA were involved in a competition, with each side trying to out
AFTER a series of court wins, Jamaican national Matthew Sewell has scored another legal victory, with the Supreme Court ordering a $60,000 interim payment within 60 days.
ANOTHER CHILD’S LIFE CUT SHORT: Lorencia, who dreamt of growing up to teach, is gunmen’s latest victim
The 10-year-old girl who was injured last month in a shooting in Bel Air Estate died on Sunday morning.
THE US has officially demanded Britain allow Prince Andrew to be quizzed over his links to Jeffrey Epstein. According to reports in the British press, the US Department of Justice has formally told the UK the Duke of York is now caught up in a criminal probe for the first time. Prince Andrew has so far refused to answer questions from New York prosecutors investigating Epstein’s historic sex trafficking network but strongly denies any wrongdoing.
In The Bahamas, and around the world, there are people that are acting as if the COVID-19 virus has gone away.
Without worker participation, creating a “Plan for Re-entry into the Tourism Market” is wrong.
JONQUEL Jones and her Connecticut Sun could return to action soon as the WNBA has a tentative proposal in place for its delayed 2020 season due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
DR Patrick Roberts, a general practitioner who helped to revolutionise sports medicine in the Bahamas, died around noon on Saturday at Doctor’s Hospital as a result of a heart failure.
TRACK and field athletes’ representative Jeffery Gibson said he’s quite aware that there is expected to be at least a 20 per cent cut in the subvention to the Bahamian athletes in the Bahamas Government’s new budget that will be debated in Parliament this month.
Bahamas Olympic women’s 400 metre champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and her management team declined comments on the alleged doping scandal of arch rival Bahrain women’s world 400m champion Salwa Eid Naser that could lead to a possible two-year suspension.
The Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive says he is “baffled” at the government’s failure to reform public sector pensions by making civil servants contribute towards their own retirement costs.Jeffrey Beckles, speaking on a webinar hosted by the Ch
The Bahamian economy is likely to shrink by 15 percent this year due to the combined effects of COVID-19 and Hurricane Dorian, a financial analyst has predicted. Anthony Ferguson, CFAL’s principal, speaking to a webinar hosted by the Chartered Finan
The government’s 2020-2021 budget allocation for agriculture shows it “can’t be serious” about improving The Bahamas’ food security, a well-known financial analyst says.Anthony Ferguson, CFAL’s principal, speaking on a webinar hosted by the Chartered
The minister of works says he is “not at all disappointed” by his $151m capital works budget for 2020-2021 even though it falls well short of his previously-voiced desire for $500m.Desmond Bannister, speaking ahead of today’s Budget debate kick-off,
Officials at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) are urging travellers to arrive two hours ahead of departure time when domestic inter-island flights resume today.The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), in a statement released yesterda
Tour and excursion provider are voicing concerns over the cost and ease of execution associated with implementing portions of the tourism industry’s post-COVID-19 Readiness and Recovery Plan . Captain Mike Russell, owner of Chubasco Charters, told T
A leading financial analyst says a VAT rate hike to 15 percent is “inevitable” within two years of the next election as he called for a shift to a more progressive system via personal and corporate income tax.Anthony Ferguson, CFAL’s principal, speak
Saturday, June 6
The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that there is one new confirmed case of COVID-19.
Friday, June 5
The Ministry of Health reported on Friday that there are no new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Thursday, June 4
AFTER weeks of being silent concerning the resignation of former health minister Dr Duane Sands, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on Thursday refused to explain his decision for accepting Dr Sands’ resignation, only saying he wished the Elizabeth MP “well” in his future endeavours.
BAHAMIANS and residents returning to the country will no longer be mandated to quarantine or self-isolate upon arrival, but will instead be monitored by the health surveillance team “if necessary”, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced on Thursday.
Thursday, 4th June, 2020.
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced on Thursday that the country has officially began the transition to stage four of the government’s reopening plan, allowing for restaurants to open under certain guidelines and a further relaxation of restrictions on the national curfew.
"CALL the ambulance," a shooting victim implored people who tried to help after he was hit by gunshots on Wednesday night. He later died in hospital.
The University of The Bahamas has declared it has "zero tolerance" for sexual impropriety after a series of allegations on social media about inappropriate behaviour.
THE protests in the United States have rightly drawn support from Bahamians – joining in the stand against racism and police brutality.
STATESIDE: In ’68 when America burned, voters turned to Nixon - now Trump will be praying they’ll do the same for him
As America writhes in agony over the death of George Floyd and its bloody aftermath, politicians, pundits, journalists, observers and just plain citizens are trying to make sense of all the chaos, confusion and heartbreak. One way of doing this is to compare what’s happening today with sometime in the nation’s past. Since the US survived that comparable period, it will survive the current collection of calamities. Or so the thinking goes.
Once again University of The Bahamas professor Dr Nicolette Bethel has me scratching my head wondering at her interpretation of our history and how confused our young students must be.
THE ROYAL Bahamas Police Force delivered care packages to people in a few New Providence communities yesterday.
THE country’s economic situation has caused the Royal Bahamas Police Force to have to fill vacancies “incrementally” and wait for sufficient funds to address shortages.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday his party stands in solidarity with the protests across the world over the killing of George Floyd, the African American who died last week while being detained by police officers in Minnesota.
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced on Thursday that the weekend lockdowns due to COVID-19 will be lifted on June 13th – next weekend. However, the 9pm-5am curfew will continue, Monday to Sunday.
MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs officials are urging Bahamians living in or visiting the United States not to get involved in ongoing protests.
RESIDENTS in Venetian West say they are fearful for the safety of their children and pets after an invasive and toxic toad species was recently discovered in the western community.
RIGHTS Bahamas is calling for better treatment of distressed and anxious migrants at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.
A patient had to be transferred from one ambulance to another after a crash on Shirley Street on Thursday afternoon.
AMONG more than 400 competitors, the Jubilee Gardens Neighbourhood Watch Group achieved second place in NUSA’s 2020 “Neighbourhood of the Year’’ category.
The government “sees no difficulty” in securing private financing to kickstart the bulk of its “over $150m” Family Island airport redevelopment ambitions, a senior official told Tribune Business yesterday.
Government and tourism industry executives are arguing it is too early to use incentives to reboot the country’s number one industry, with one warning against “diluting existing business”.
Bahamian marinas have denied that they are behind the tourism industry recovery plan’s call for the government temporarily waive cruising permit fees in a bid to attract boaters back to these waters post COVID-19.
BAHAMASAIR is now accepting bookings for domestic flights which resume on Monday, with airline officials saying there will be different protocols in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Grand Bahama police, along with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, BASRA, U.S Coast Guard and local fishermen, are searching for two residents of Eight Mile Rock who have yet to return from a fishing trip at sea.
One man is dead and another is in hospital after two separate shooting incidents on Wednesday night.
Bahamasair yesterday said it is planning a 20 percent cut to its summer schedule after incurring $18.5m in revenue losses and unfunded costs due to the combination of Hurricane Dorian and COVID-19.
‘WHY IGNORE THE PROBLEMS HERE?’: Activist asks why U.S. police brutality enrages us but not local issues
AS Bahamians show solidarity with protests against excessive and deadly policing of black people in the United States, one local activist says residents should show similar interest in incidents of questionable police conduct in The Bahamas.
COMMISSIONER of Police Paul Rolle said he is putting in place a number of policies to clean up the public’s negative perception of Royal Bahamas Police Force.
A Cabinet minister has admitted that his ministry's payroll was over-budgeted by $2.5m for the 2019-2020 fiscal year and has now been returned to normal levels by the new Budget.
TWO men were fined yesterday after being arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on drug possession charges.
JAMAICAN Anthony Lee who escaped from the Eight Mile Rock Police Station about two weeks ago is still at large, according to a senior police official in Grand Bahama.
A MAN and woman were charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday after posting a nude video of the man’s ex-girlfriend on his Whatsapp status last month.
A MAGISTRATE discharged a man who violated the weekend lockdown after the accused said he was on his way home but had got stuck in heavy traffic.
Romell Knowles, president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee, is calling on the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to not cut the subvention of elite athletes, considering that it is critical for them to receive every penny they can get to prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games.
THE NBA has proposed a format to complete the 2020 season with a limited number of participating teams which will include both Buddy Hield’s Sacramento Kings and Deandre Ayton’s Phoenix Suns.
DESPITE a freshman season where he received inconsistent playing time from the Texas Longhorns coaching staff, Kai Jones has been listed as a highly coveted prospect for the 2021 NBA Draft by Sports Illustrated.
HEADING into his senior season with the University of Charleston Golden Eagles football programme, Mike Strachan looks to continue to rewrite the record books and boost his stock for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Mall at Marathon retailers yesterday voiced optimism that business activity will rebound swiftly after the COVID-19 lockdown cost some between 30-40 percent of their annual sales.
“Strategy”, “new normal”, “pivoting” and, most recently, “agility” have been among the most popular buzz words and topics employed by speakers and presenters from around the world in recent months.
Jitney drivers yesterday asked the government for two months’ grace to licence their vehicles as they prepare to return to the roads on July 1 after a two-and-a-half month absence.
Wednesday, June 3
Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020.
THE world is watching the United States at present, as it convulses with protests, riots and looting, all sparked by a police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until he died.
Restricted to our homes and already exhausted by the effects of COVID-19 on our lives, many of us watched as Black Americans demanded recognition of their humanity and justice for the lives that have been stolen by law enforcement. It raised questions about race and racism in The Bahamas — a topic we do not often discuss and people try to quickly shut down.
A trip to church on Sunday turned into a scary ordeal for Margaret Davies, a 49-year-old Bahamian living in the US, who got stuck in the midst of a heated protest in Tampa.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday he was concerned about the videos that circulated on social media this weekend allegedly showing newly promoted RBDF marines involved in vulgar conduct while ignoring COVID-19 assembling protocols.
THE country’s unemployment rate could be as high as 40 percent, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said yesterday but stressed officials won’t know the exact figure until the Department of Statistics does its jobs survey.
THE Public Procurement Bill, dubbed as landmark legislation by the government, will be debated after the annual budget debate wraps up.
Haitian migrants detained at the Carmichael Road detention centre went on hunger strike yesterday morning, demanding to be returned to their country. Some two hours later, after RBDF marines had de-escalated the situation, a fight broke out between two Haitians.
Bahamian marina operators yesterday hailed the sector’s June 15 reopening as potentially “saving 75 percent” of the peak summer season, adding: “Our phones are ringing off the hook.” Joseph Dargavage, pictured , managing partner at Harbour Island’s
A Cabinet minister yesterday confirmed that the government has extended the 12-week mandatory redundancy payout deadline to 30 days past the end of the emergency protocols. Dion Foulkes, minister for labour, said the move was designed to prevent per
The government has halted the $130m initiative designed to upgrade civil service skills and transform its delivery of public services to the Bahamian people, the 2020-2021 budget reveals.A close examination of the government’s spending allocations re
Bahamian architects yesterday urged the prime minister to focus on “the low hanging fruit” of the Building Control Department (BCD) in his efforts to “bulldoze red tape” following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute of Bahamian Architects (IBA), vo
The Bahamas “can’t afford” to keep its tourism industry shut any longer, a Cabinet minister warned yesterday, as he admitted that the threat posed by COVID-19 can only be “mitigated, not eliminated”.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviatio
WHEN police brought Cordell Evans from Eleuthera to New Providence in a boat last month, the 20-year-old bumped his head during the ride and suffered a seizure so severe his friend began to cry, thinking he would die at sea.
THE Ministry of the Environment and Housing reactivated a task force on Friday to deal with the reemergence of the cane toad in western New Providence.
DESPITE the annual Labour Day parade being cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, union officials said yesterday they still plan to celebrate the patriotic holiday this year and honour the four women who died during the 2018 parade.
FINAL COUNTDOWN TO A NEW REALITY: D’Aguilar warns phased reopening must show we can meet July 1 targets
THE Bahamas’ tourism industry will begin a phased opening on June 15 when boaters, yachters and private pilots will be allowed into the country, the Ministry of Tourism announced yesterday.
A MAN was fined $500 yesterday for violating the weekend lockdown after claiming he only went for a walk to stretch his legs.
A Grand Bahama mother and her three children - including a 20-year-old son and two juveniles - were arraigned on illegal firearm and ammunition possession charges yesterday after police found a gun in a bedroom of their home.
A 19-year-old man was arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of armed robbery and causing damage to public school property in Grand Bahama.
A 31-year-old man was ordered to attend parenting classes after he pleaded guilty to child cruelty yesterday.
SEVERAL people were given fines or community service after being arraigned for separate incidents of drug possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
As I knew Patrick Bethel, here is my salute to an incomparable national hero.
Laquan Nairn, graduating as a Razorback track star at the University of Arkansas, joined big brother Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn - a former basketball player with the Michigan Stated Spartans - in forming a rare Bahamian siblings to finish their tertiary education in the United States in two different sports.
AS they deal with the uncertainty of COVID-19, Nassau Christian Academy will start rebuilding its Crusaders’ track and field team for the new school year with a generous donation of hurdles from the graduating class of 1988.
Just one third of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme’s primary care providers have been trained in tele-health systems that cover around 20,000 patients, it was revealed yesterday.Dr Monique Thompson, the NHI Authority’s manager of healthcare
The deputy prime minister yesterday urged entrepreneurs to have patience with the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) as it lacks the necessary staff to meet all private sector demands in a timely manner. K Peter Turnquest, speaking outside the
The Bahamas faces “a deep recession” due to the “unprecedented crisis” caused by the combination of COVID-19 and Hurricane Dorian, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.The Fund, in approving this nation’s request for an “emergency” $250m
Shell North America says it has become the first company to apply for an independent power producer (PP) licence in The Bahamas through its May 29 submission to local regulators.The energy giant, in a statement, said the approval as an IPP is essenti
The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) yesterday said it has approved more than $3m in COVID-19 financing for small businesses as it prepares to open its doors to the public on June 8. The state-owned institution, in a statement, disclosed that it has p
Tuesday, June 2
Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020.
THE closer we get to reopening the country for business, the more conundrums we face. Open up too much and risk the virus coming back in, or keep the door so tightly closed we don’t let the tourism industry rebuild.
THE former British colonial territory of Hong Kong has attracted the world’s attention again, but for potentially harmful reasons. Last week, China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, rubber-stamped a sweeping new draft security law to be imposed directly on Hong Kong and its population of over seven million.
Marching, rioting, looting… anger, frustration, shouts for equal rights and justice…. fires, tear gas, rubber bullets… angry mobs, demonstrations and confrontation. It looks like the scene of a war zone in more than 40 states across America as people have taken a stand against the senseless killing of yet another black man at the hands of the police.
THE digital database of the Registrar Generals Department was hacked in January and its contents have been published online, according to a statement from the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs. A group called Distributed D
KHANDI Gibson, founder and president of the local advocacy group Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM), is calling on the government to quash the conviction of a teenager who was fined for selling coconuts on the side of the road last month.
A Cabinet minister yesterday said “it’s full steam ahead” on the Grand Lucayan’s redevelopment even though the ITM/Royal Caribbean joint venture is seeking “certain proposed revisions” to the deal. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviatio
Restaurants will simply be unable to survive if the loss of 60 percent of their sales persists amid continuing COVID-19 restrictions, one operator told Tribune Business . Mario Cash, the Burger King franchise’s operations manager, told this newspape
Atlantis has delayed its phased re-opening until June 25 after informing staff over the holiday weekend that it is “unable to announce a definitive date at this time”.The Paradise Island mega resort has pushed back plans to re-open the Royal Towers,
Major Nassau/Paradise Island resorts suffered a 28 percent room revenue fall for the 2020 first quarter just before COVID-19 unleashed its full fury with only 445 passengers exiting The Bahamas’ major airport during April. The Central Bank of The Ba
Auto dealers say today’s full sector re-opening was increasingly becoming “a matter of life and death” with as much as “half the industry” in danger of folding had the Government not relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.Ben Albury, Bahamas Bus and Truck’s g
WITH the global economy contracting at the fastest ever peacetime pace, it is bewildering to see stock markets moving in the opposite direction. So, why are investors endangering their capital at a time of such uncertainty by speculating on the perfo
DOMESTIC travel will resume next Monday without the need for a COVID-19 travel card, the Office of the Prime Minister announced yesterday.
THE Minnis administration is still considering whether it will require tourists to produce a negative PCR test result to gain entry into the country but have ruled out visitors being forced into quarantine.
MINISTER of Disaster Preparedness Iram Lewis said officials are increasing hurricane shelter capacity to ensure people in these facilities can maintain social distance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. His comments came during a virtual press conference on Sunday, where stakeholders discussed the country’s readiness for the hurricane season, which began yesterday.
BAHAMAS’ Ambassador to the United States Sidney Collie yesterday said all of the Bahamian consulates in America are closely monitoring the mass protests that have spread across the nation after an African-American man was killed while being detained by police officers in Minnesota.
Grand Bahama centenarian Lottie Mable Thomas-Russell celebrated her 103rd birthday on Saturday with a phone call from Governor-General of the Bahamas C A Smith who wished her a happy birthday. Iram Lewis, MP for Central Grand Bahama, and former Amba
I’m looking forward to going to the beach, but I am NOT looking forward to ear splitting “music” when the Montagu Park and Club Waterloo reopen.
The global economy is on lockdown and the predictions are staggering. And, there is one regional economy where the long-term realities of the coronavirus are already clear: The Caribbean.
THE COVID-19 pandemic prevented Peter and Chavez Rutherford from travelling to Arkansas with other family members over the weekend to watch their son, Peter ‘JP’ Rutherford Jr, graduate from Providence Academy. What they didn’t regret was the decision they made four years ago to allow their eldest son to leave St Augustine’s College to further his high school education.
As expected, there will be some major changes for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in the 2020 budget that was outlined by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest in the House of Assembly last week.
AT least one Bahamian player was among the hundreds of roster cuts throughout minor league baseball last week amid the uncertainty of the 2020 season and respective franchise’s decisions on continuing payments to players.
The government should have given more than 24 hours’ notice of its decision to re-open “the lifeline for the Family Islands” so that the private sector could be better prepared, aviation operators said yesterday.Anthony K Hamilton, president of the B
Scotiabank Bahamas is celebrating its second consecutive Best Bank award after again being named on Global Finance Magazine’s list of 2020 Best Banks in the Latin American region. The selection comes amid an ongoing digital transformation designed t
Exuma’s Chamber of Commerce president has warned it will take time for economic activity to return to levels where it can support 60 percent of businesses that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.Hailing the prime minister’s decision to allow full
The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) is planning to facilitate or invest up to $2m to boost local farmers’ share of the fresh poultry market.Aiming to boost farmers’ revenue streams and reduce food imports, the BDB is launching its Community Poultry pi
Immigration takes place when a country permits non-nationals from other nations to stay (reside) within its borders rather than “come and go” for visiting purposes. Immigrants, meaning those who migrate to another country through immigration, signifi
Bahamian retailers are divided between the “desperate need” to generate more sales by opening at the weekend and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Herbert Marshall, general manager of Sell-All Electronics, told Tribune Business : “Opening up on wee
Seating in post-security departure areas at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) has been reduced by 30 percent as part of multiple health-related measures to combat COVID-19. The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), LPIA’s operator, sa
Monday, June 1
THE Cancer Society of The Bahamas is appealing for donations to continue its operations and outreach after the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Dorian prompted the cancellation of major fundraising events. The non-profit organisation is committed to
THE Bahamas has received about $10 million in donations to assist with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in Grand Bahama and Abaco, with about three quarters of that sum already expended to help storm victims, according to a NEMA official. Captain Ste
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City imposed an 11 p.m. curfew Monday as the nation's biggest city tried to prevent another night of destruction amid protests over George Floyd's death.
As part of the ongoing and phased reopening of the country, domestic borders will be opened for regular domestic commercial flights and for domestic pleasure craft and yachts. This applies to all islands of The Bahamas.