Stories for January 2021

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Sunday, January 31

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COVID-19 death toll rises to 176

THE country’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 176 after a 94-year-old woman died from the disease in late January.

Friday, January 29

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Nurses still not paid money owed by government

BAHAMAS Nurses Union President Amancha Williams is disappointed her members have still not been paid money owed to them by the government.

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UPDATED: Abandoned Bay Street building destroyed in blaze

AN abandoned two-storey building on Bay Street was engulfed in flames Friday afternoon, destroying the structure.

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01292021 WEEKEND

Friday, 29th January, 2021.

EDITORIAL: Get on with holding examinations

WHEN the last round of national exam results came out, they were announced as a success by the Education Minister and his team.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Out of the pandemic, a new way of talking

TEN years ago, unless you worked in the WebEx division of Cisco, you would never have heard the name Eric Yuan. Heck, even five years ago he was just one of those Silicon Valley geeks, an engineer with a dream, to create a better video conferencing system that was easy to sign in and out of, operated with low overhead expenses, offered high quality virtual interaction and was inexpensive for the consumer.

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

IF you missed Wednesday’s session in the House of Assembly, have no fear because I suffered through (most) of the debate to bring you the highlights and lowlights.

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‘High interest’ in Grand Bahama airport partnership

AS negotiations on the Grand Bahama International Airport near the final stages, State Minister for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson has revealed that there is high interest from investors to enter a public-private partnership with the government in the redevelopment of the facility.

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Residents to protest over issues in Abaco

A PEACEFUL demonstration is set to take place in Abaco tomorrow to allow residents to voice their frustrations about the post-Dorian rebuilding process as well as other issues.

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No Bahamasair cancellations after U.S. announcement

BAHAMASAIR chairman Tommy Turnquest said yesterday the airline has not received any cancellations following the announcement of a new testing and quarantine requirement for travellers entering the United States.

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Govt ‘discussing’ income tax reform

The government has already started discussing potential income tax reforms, the IMF revealed yesterday, although it has admitted any changes will take “years” for The Bahamas to implement.

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IMF calls for austerity in the ‘hundreds of millions’

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday exposed the harsh austerity Bahamians face post-COVID by urging the government to increase its “net income” by more than $300m over four years.

IMF fears 13,500 missed benefits

Some 13,500 "informal economy" workers may have missed out on COVID unemployment benefits, the IMF said yesterday, adding that "execution fell short" on some government assistance initiatives.

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Auditor General set to probe COVID spending

The government has pledged that the Auditor-General will probe all COVID-19 related spending and revenue losses in bid to uncover any “irregularities”, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revealed.

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01292021 EDITION

Friday, 29th January, 2021.

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Finlaysons lose battle to halt $2.2m tax debt sale

The Finlayson family yesterday lost its bid to overturn a Supreme Court order compelling the sale of a downtown Bay Street property to settle a near-$2.2m tax debt owed to the government.

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UPDATED: Body of man is found on track road

A MAN was found dead yesterday on a track road off Graham Drive in Yellow Elder Gardens with apparent gunshot wounds.

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AG concedes July opening ‘cost us dear’

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel insisted the government will not be caught with its guard down again, telling the Senate yesterday officials are now in a “critical” race against time to have all the population vaccinated.

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‘How long must we hold on?’

ANOTHER round of employee furloughs and the Minnis administration’s extension of special emergency powers are pushing Atlantis employees like Areba Bridgewater to the brink.

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National exams head for delay

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd said yesterday it is likely this year’s national examinations will be held later than usual as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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HAITIAN MEN ARE FINED

THREE Haitian men who could not verify their status when approached by immigration officers earlier this week were fined $300 in court yesterday.

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Ayton and Suns snap 3-game skid, roll to 114- 93 win over Warriors

PHOENIX (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 20 points, Deandre Ayton posted another double double - 12 points and 13 rebounds - and the Phoenix Suns pulled away in the second half to beat the Golden State Warriors 114-93 last night.

Not so simple to visit The Bahamas

I have just read Hotel Worker’s Union President Darrin Wood’s almost unbelievable statement that people “will think twice about jumping on a plane” and coming to The Bahamas.

Travel trouble

I have just completed a virtual conference with other travel agents from Canada, eastern United States and England.

No one above law

It is very rare that I write to the newspapers regarding matters of current events. But I do so today as a Bahamian with a sense of responsibility and concern for my beloved country.

Issues and ideas

The Gaming Industry and our economic recovery. This is my second article in a series of articles that I am writing with ideas that in my opinion would boost the Bahamian economy.

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Bach refutes speculation Olympics will have to be postponed again

INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach refuted speculation that the games of the XXXII Olympiad will have to be postponed for a second time.

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Collie makes his official debut with Warriors

DOMINIQUE Collie Jr made his official debut on the field with the Webber International University Warriors baseball programme.

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Clarke and Blazers suffer 7-0 loss in season opener

Although they expected a better start to their spring season with the UAB Blazers women’s tennis team, freshman Sydney Clarke said she anticipates that things will get better for the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Bahamas vs USA in FIBA AmeriCup 2020 Qualifiers

THE Bahamas recently released its pool of players for the third and final leg of the FIBA AmeriCup 2020 Qualifiers and we are now starting to learn about the team they will be facing in game one as the United States begins to put its roster together.

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MLB icon Hank Aaron dies at the age of 86

SOME memories are worth cherishing, especially one when reflecting on the passing of persons who have impacted their lives.

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ARREST WARRANTS ISSUED

ARREST warrants were issued yesterday for several people who failed to appear in court after they were charged with breaching regulations outlined in the Emergency Powers Order.

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Man jailed for ammunition he claimed that he found

A 21-year-old man who was found with illegal ammunition that he claimed he had found was yesterday sentenced to six months in prison.

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Bailed over deadly crash at Christmas

A man who was accused of causing a three-car collision that claimed the lives of a married couple on Christmas night was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

Thursday, January 28

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STATESIDE: Situation normal – we can only hope that’s true

The impressive new US Embassy rising over downtown Nassau serves as a daily reminder to us of its parent, the American Department of State, which got a new leader on Tuesday when Antony Blinken was confirmed then by the US Senate.

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FRONT PORCH: Just look around us - if you think this is over, forget it

Over the course of a year plus of the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is still much that scientists and governments do not understand about the virus.

Grandmother: I’ve been waiting for food help since last year

WHILE the coronavirus pandemic has led to a downturn in fortunes for many, others who were struggling even before COVID- 19 say they are having a hard time making ends meet.

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‘Pandemic has created a mental health crisis’

PAHO officials said the coronavirus pandemic has created a mental health crisis in the region.

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Union chief: Education officials do not have a clue on reopening

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said it is obvious the Ministry of Education and its top officials “do not have a clue” on how schools will reopen safely for face-to-face learning.

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Restrictions are not helping small business

CONTINUED restrictions under extended emergency orders are not conducive to economic growth and do not bode well for small businesses, a top banker has told The Tribune.

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Davis: PM in breach of rules

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis claims Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is in breach of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Pandemic) Regulations because he has failed thus far to submit a report to Parliament that details the “expenditures, suppliers for the goods and services procured and the reasons those suppliers were chosen."

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Teacher on sex charge

A 63-year-old male teacher was yesterday charged in a Freeport court with one count of indecent assault.

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Johnson ‘attacker’ in court

THE man who was accused of attacking South and Central Eleuthera MP Stephen “Hank” Johnson was yesterday arraigned in Magistrate’s Court.

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Baha Mar chief urges rapid vaccination for tourism revival boost

Baha Mar’s president yesterday urged the government to fully vaccinate The Bahamas against COVID-19 “as quickly as possible” so as to give tourism’s recovery a “competitive advantage”.

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US travel advisory ease a ‘big boost’

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president yesterday hailed the US easing its health travel advisory on the country as “a big boost” for the economy’s largest industry.

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$180,000 NIB fraud conviction is upheld

A former accounting firm employee yesterday failed to overturn her conviction for defrauding the National Insurance Board (NIB) of $180,000 that was earmarked for the government’s housing initiative.

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Govt rejects Moody’s deficit financing fears

A top Ministry of Finance official yesterday rejected an international rating agency’s concerns that the government may not be able to finance its massive borrowing needs for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

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01282021 EDITION

Thursday, 28th January, 2021.

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UPDATED: Man dies after shooting off Soldier Road

POLICE are investigating a shooting incident off Soldier Road that left a man dead on Tuesday night.

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Baha Mar’s 2021 revenues ‘40% less’ than pre-COVID

Baha Mar’s president yesterday said 2021 revenues are forecast to be “40 percent less” than pre-COVID levels as it prepares to recall 700 staff for the March 4 opening of its Rosewood and SLS hotels.

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Vaccine rollout will be major challenge

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will be “one of the greatest logistical challenges” the country has ever faced.

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100K WILL NEED AID TO CONTINUE: Feeding Network boss warns crisis looming when programme ends

BAHAMAS Feeding Network Executive Director Philip Smith fears some 100,000 people will still need food assistance after the National Food Distribution Task Force’s programme ends in March.

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‘Time to move on from PCR test’

FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands has suggested the government move away from RT-PCR tests as the gold standard to determine COVID-19 infection and instead embrace “newer technology” that he says is cheaper to operate.

Litigation in the Media

As a trained lawyer and a media personality it pains me to see how representatives from the activist groups who are against the oil drilling initiative by Bahamas Petroleum Company and those from the company itself who appear to be litigating their issues and differences in the media and press. This is unprecedented and unheard of.

Needed: A Bold Strategy For Tourism

In case anyone is interested, Jamaica is currently teaching a master class in how to manage tourism during the uncertainties of quick-changing Covid-19 protocols.

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Kai Jones posts his first double double in NCAA

In just his second start of the season, Texas Longhorns forward Kai Jones set several career highs and a new personal milestone.

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Chisholm recognised as one of the top 10 shortstop prospects

JASRADO “Jazz” Chisholm was recognised as one of the top 10 shortstop prospects by Major League Baseball Pipeline headed into the 2021 season.

Student-athletes take the spotlight on the track, field

SEVERAL Bahamian student-athletes received conference and programme accolades for their standout performances in their respective season openers.

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Ayton grabs 14 rebounds in Suns’ 102-97 loss to Thunder

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul reminded the Oklahoma City Thunder what they were missing after trading him during the offseason. Then the Thunder turned around and reminded the Phoenix Suns and Paul why they’re a team that appears on the rise.

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Rested Kings get 29 points from ‘Buddy’ Hield, defeat Magic 121-107

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Chavavo “Buddy” Hield scored a season-best 29 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, and the well-rested Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 121-107 last night.

US TRAVEL HEALTH UPGRADE IS ‘WELL DESERVED REWARD’

Hotel operators yesterday said The Bahamas' imminent travel upgrade by US health regulators was "a well deserved reward" for cutting its COVID-19 cases and may create a competitive advantage.

Cooper: Bahamas faces EU ‘moving the goal posts’

The Opposition's deputy leader yesterday voiced fears that the European Union (EU) will soon "move the goal posts" on The Bahamas again when it comes to tax and anti-financial crime regulation.

Doctors aims for cost cut via Cleveland Clinic tie-up

Doctor’s Hospital president yesterday said its two-year partnership with the Cleveland Clinic will concentrate on reducing healthcare costs for Bahamian patients as well as improving treatment quality.

UNION CHIEF: SEVERANCE PAY OVER UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

A trade union leader yesterday said he preferred full severance packages for furloughed workers to the Government extending unemployment benefits until the end of February.

55,000 homes suffer from television disruption

AN estimated 55,000 households in the country experienced severe television pixilation and blackouts yesterday, an issue Cable Bahamas attributed to technical equipment failure.

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Man denies $10,000 bank fraud

AN ACKLINS man who denied defrauding a local bank of nearly $10,000 was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Ganja gummies land woman in court

A SOCIAL media influencer who was caught trying to travel to Miami with marijuana-infused gummy bears was yesterday fined $300.

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Police officer denies charge over marijuana

A ROYAL Bahamas Police Force officer who denied being in possession of more than one ounce of marijuana was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

Wednesday, January 27

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Charter boat crew among 21 new cases of COVID-19

TWENTY-ONE cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Tuesday, including 11 crew members on a charter boat operating off New Providence.

EDITORIAL: Are we talking about the same thing, Mr Foulkes?

Are we talking about the same thing, Mr Foulkes?

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ALICIA WALLACE: ‘Some people’s paradise is other people’s plantation’

THERE are some arguments that never seem to end. We return to the same questions over and over again.

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20,000 first-time voters expected

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said officials expect 20,000 first-time voters this election cycle, insisting there is sufficient time to ensure no one will be disenfranchised.

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Wells: Govt will decide over stricter travel rules

HEALTH Minister Renward Wells said yesterday the government will have to decide whether stricter travel protocols are needed to limit the possibility of imported cases of new strains of COVID-19 from countries that pose the “greatest risk”.

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Businesses react to extension of emergency orders

FOR some business owners the extension of emergency orders will continue to cause them difficulty, however some see the behaviour of COVID-19 ambassadors and police as more of a threat to the little patronage they now receive.

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Small resorts fear downturn

SOME small resort managers are dreading a downturn in bookings sparked by US President Joe Biden’s announcement of a new quarantine requirement for travellers entering America.

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IMF: Bahamian economy shrank over $2bn in 2020

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday confirmed the Bahamian economy shrank by over $2bn last year to almost match the size of the country’s rapidly-growing national debt.

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Minister says no change to Atlantis jobs

A Cabinet minister yesterday said Atlantis’ plan to place 200 Royal Towers staff back on furlough will produce “no change in employment” at the Paradise Island mega resort.

Top banker: Get economy ‘moving a bit more rapidly

A prominent banker yesterday urged The Bahamas “to get the economic engine moving a little more rapidly”, adding: “This is when executive management earns our keep.”

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Employers warned: ‘Don’t open up Pandora’s Box’

A trade union leader yesterday warned that employers could “open up Pandora’s Box” if they back organised labour into a corner by failing to consult on planned changes to employment terms.

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01272021 EDITION

Wednesday, 27th January, 2021.

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US quarantine’s ‘door slam’ on Abaco rebuild

Abaco’s Chamber of Commerce president yesterday voiced fears that the new US quarantine policy will “slam the door again” on the island’s post-Dorian reconstruction, adding: “We can’t catch a break.”

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‘Funeral rules make no sense’

BAHAMAS Christian Council president Bishop Delton Fernander has questioned the government’s logic in placing a strict limit on the number of people who can attend funerals despite the fact that larger numbers are allowed to congregate in churches for regular Saturday and Sunday services.

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Vaccination rollout ties to relaxing restrictions

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel has defended the government’s decision to seek an extension of the COVID-19 emergency orders until May 23, saying the move was done “out of an abundance of caution” in response to new coronavirus variants now spreading worldwide.

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‘TOURISM JOBS? I’M OPTIMISTIC’: Foulkes surprises with upbeat forecast while sector braces for crisis

DESPITE the country’s economic fall-out from COVID-19, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes says he feels very optimistic “about the employment situation,” especially as it relates to the country’s tourism industry.

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Man discharged after family row

A MAGISTRATE yesterday discharged an Andros man who threatened to harm his uncle during an argument over land late last year.

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Birthday joint costs man $300 in court

A MAN who was caught with marijuana joints he claimed he bought to celebrate his birthday was fined $300 in the Magistrate’s Court.

Rental expenditure

Issue: The Government’s Huge Rental Expenditure Let’s have a look at abandoned and derelict Bay Street properties.

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Valicia Demeritte and Cobras working on ‘rotation’

ALTHOUGH she has been switched from the back court to the front court at Coker University, Bahamian Valicia Demeritte is still trying to manoeuvre her way in the line-up for the Cobras women’s basketball team.

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In Spain, Higgs scores 17 points in loss

After a two-week break, Lashann Higgs and her Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDW women’s basketball team returned to action in the Spanish Professional Basketball League last night.

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Starting at PG, Nesbitt cans 18 for Rebels in 78-68 loss to Gators

VALERIE Nesbitt, now in the starting line-up at point guard, came through with a big individual game, but it came on the losing end as the University of Mississippi Lady Rebels women’s basketball team fell to the University of Florida Gators 78-68.

Doctors Hospital teams up with top US health provider

Doctors Hospital Health System yesterday announced it has teamed with the Cleveland Clinic for a two-year partnership that aims to expand and improve healthcare services in The Bahamas.

Contractor aims to build on $69m Water Corp savings

A contractor is aiming to build on the $69m savings it has generated for the Water & Sewerage Corporation, its customers and Bahamian taxpayers as it enters the final phase of its loss-cutting efforts.

Financial institute may end in-person classes

The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS) executive director yesterday said she was “encouraged” by the number of professionals seeking to upgrade their skills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workspace provider delays opening plan

A Bahamian workspace provider yesterday revealed it has pushed its opening back from May to July 2021 amid continuing COVID-19 uncertainty.

Freeport’s industrial status ‘turns off’ tourism investors

A Grand Bahama businessman says Freeport's billing as an industrial centre might be turning away potential investment in hotels and tourism-related businesses.

Retailers see modest back-to-school surge

Back-to-school retailers yesterday said they have seen a modest increase in store traffic in recent weeks that was "nothing to write home about" as private schools prepare for students to return.

Need for limited government

The size of the central government in The Bahamas is simply too big and unwieldy. The head, indeed, may not at any given time know what the tail is doing. In short, the tail may be wagging the dog as opposed to the opposite.

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A year in jail for breaching bail

A 22-year-old man who claimed he violated his bail conditions because he was kicked out of the home he was staying in was yesterday sentenced to one year in prison.

Tuesday, January 26

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Varicoceles: A bag of worms

Varicoceles are distended, enlarged testicular veins that may feel like a bag of worms in a man's scrotum. Varicoceles can occur on one side within the scrotum or on both sides. They usually appear during or soon after puberty but they can occur at any time.

‘Five to six Bahamian children in need of surgery’

A chance to save a heart even without the annual ball

CONTRARY to a previous announcement, the annual Heart Ball is not being held next month.

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Move it before you lose it

How set up your work-at-home space to prevent pain or injury

WHETHER your workplace is in office or now at home during the pandemic, Dr Miquela Rolle and her team at Paramount Rehabilitation and Fitness are encouraging Bahamians to consider the way in which their space is set up.

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Helping women in need dress for success

IN PARTNERSHIP with the Salvation Army, which is celebrating 90 years of service in the Bahamas, local clothing brand CAY 92 is currently conducting a drive to encourage people to donate gently used professional clothing for women in need.

Is it really an engagement without a ring?

CRYSTAL, unlike many other brides, is planning a wedding – deciding on a venue, the style of bridal gown dress, the bouquet, etcetera – all without the formal promise of marriage symbolised by an engagement ring.

EDITORIAL: Mixed messaging over virus fight

TO say that there are mixed messages over the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in The Bahamas would be an understatement.

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PETER YOUNG: Special relationship remains whether or not Churchill’s bust stays in the Oval Office

After looking briefly last week at world prospects in the coming months under a new US government, two occurrences encourage me to consider what a Biden presidency might mean for Britain. These are the removal of the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and last weekend’s telephone call between President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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FACE TO FACE: A leap of faith put Ren on a path to self-discovery

In the summer of 2018, my husband and I were attending the Bahamas Bridal Show. We were engaged at the time and it was just weeks away from our wedding.

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Fusion uncertain of reopening date for facilities

DESPITE being given the approval from environmental health officials, Fusion Superplex officials say they are still uncertain when the complex’s cinemas and entertainment facilities will reopen as they are still awaiting word from the competent authority.

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Davis raises concerns about first-time voter registration

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis has raised concern about the level of frustration people are experiencing during first time voter registration.

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Memo ‘just a reminder, not a way to silence staff’

THE president of Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute said a recent memo sent to staff was not meant to silence anyone, but to just remind them of an existing internal policy.

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Union chief: Taking vaccine should be a choice for teachers

TAKING the COVID-19 vaccine should be a personal choice for teachers, Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said yesterday.

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Mitchell warns PM is manipulating people’s lives

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday said the government’s plans to extend the country’s state of emergency is a convenient way for Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to “fight an election”.

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Family: We did not organise Junkanoo rush for funeral

RELATIVES of the late funeral director Ted Sweeting insisted yesterday they were not responsible for organising a mini Junkanoo rush held in honour of their father on Saturday, saying family members were not even aware of Junkanooers’ plans until the day of the service.

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Butler slams $28m loans judgment bid as ‘garbage’

Sky Bahamas’ former principal slammed as “garbage” yesterday’s bid by the airline’s main financier to obtain a default judgment against him over the alleged $28m “bogus loans conspiracy”.

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New Atlantis furloughs branded ‘a major blow’

Atlantis’ move to place more workers back on furlough was yesterday branded “a major blow” to tourism’s recovery and revived calls for full termination packages to be paid to staff who want them.

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COVID powers extension boost for labour market

The Chamber of Commerce’s labour specialist yesterday hailed the Government’s move to extend the COVID emergency powers to May 23 as easing uncertainty for thousands of workers and employers.

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Oil explorer blasts ‘half-baked’ claims

The verbal battle between the Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) and its opponents intensified yesterday as the oil explorer blasted “half-baked allegations” over its well’s insurance coverage.

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BTC’s ‘great pains’ to protect pension fund

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) chief executive has pledged it “went to great pains” to ensure its latest voluntary retirement offer does not further strain an already-troubled pension fund.

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01262021 EDITION

Tuesday, 26th January, 2021.

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Johnson - I was the victim

SOUTH and Central Eleuthera MP Hank Johnson broke his silence yesterday to say he expects a man who allegedly attacked him last week to be charged in the Magistrate’s Court with causing harm.

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Atlantis moves quickly to furlough workers

ATLANTIS will temporarily furlough some employees as COVID-19 cases continue to grow in North America and cancellations increase following US President Joe Biden’s announcement of a new quarantine requirement for travellers entering the United States.

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WE HAVE LET OUR GUARDS DOWN: Emergency rules to be extended until May 23

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday the government’s intention to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency and associated emergency orders until May 23.

US quarantine move comes as no surprise

There is no doubt that over the last nine-plus months that countries, industries and individuals have been navigating unchartered waters. It is paramount for stakeholders at government, industry and community levels to plan for various future scenarios while appreciating the current landscape.

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Man is accused of killing teenage girl

A 24-year-old man was yesterday charged with murder in connection with the death of a teenage girl whose lifeless body was discovered with severe blunt force injuries last week.

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$20k fine for $22k marijuana

A 42-year-old woman who was found with $22,000 worth of marijuana was yesterday fined $20,000.

Taxi president more optimistic than US quarantine 'naysayers'

The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union's president yesterday said he was less pessimistic that many tourism "naysayers" over the potential fall-out from the Biden administration's planned traveller quarantine.

Children’s home beatings shock

The article about children being severely beaten and mocked by staff in an emergency care home is sickening.

Oil drilling in The Bahamas

Oil spills of huge proportions are causing major damage to the Bahamas’ fisheries and the environment.

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Woman denies using car as weapon

A 31-year-old woman has been accused of trying to hit a man with her car earlier this month.

Royal Caribbean sponsoring Bahamas leadership summit

The Global Leadership Summit Bahamas yesterday announced that Royal Caribbean will be a silver sponsor of its annual event for a third year.

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Fritz has three blocks, eight rebounds in win

IN Spain, Shaquillo Fritz has a new opportunity with a new club in Spain’s Liga Espanola de Baloncesto (LEB Silver).

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LJ Rose inks deal with new European club

NATIONAL team guard LJ Rose inked a deal with a new European club.

FIBA AmeriCup Qualifiers: BBF needs $70,000 for team travel

WITH the third and final leg of the FIBA AmeriCup 2020 Qualifiers set for February 19-20, Bahamas Basketball Federation president Mario Bowleg said they will need about $70,000 for the team to travel to compete.

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Athletes in collegiate track and field spotlight

IT was a busy weekend on the collegiate track and field scene for a number of Bahamian athletes, led by Olympic qualifier Samson Colebrooke and jumpers Jyles Etienne and Grand Bahamian Shyrone Kemp.

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Izaak Bastian and Seminoles defeat Tigers for first time

Izaak Bastian had a trio of first place finishes to help his No.16 ranked Floria State Seminoles defeat the No. 22 Auburn Tigers.

Super Value principal no COVID powers believer

Super Value’s principal yesterday said he does not believe in "emergency powers", while decisions relating to them should be taken by the Cabinet and not just one man.

Entertainment destinations ‘hold firm’ on opening wait

Entertainment destinations yesterday said they are "holding firm" as they negotiate COVID-19 protocols with the Ministry of Health in a bid to re-open ten months after the COVID-19 pandemic started.

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Man denies assaulting police officer

A 43-year-old man who denied assaulting a police officer was yesterday granted $2,000 bail ahead of his trial.

Monday, January 25

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CARIFTA POSTPONED: Top junior regional track and field meet July 2-4

North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) President Mike Sands has confirmed that the 2021 CARIFTA Games has been moved from the traditional Easter holiday weekend until the summer.

EDITORIAL: Ensure all our children are protected

AFTER the outrage, the action.

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INSIGHT: One man’s gaffe turns the spotlight on an issue we should be alert to

THE comments of Police Commissioner Paul Rolle during his presentation of crime data from 2020 incensed many people across the country – but we have an opportunity to learn from this moment. The gaffe - Commissioner Rolle referring to men who committed suicide in 2020 as being “weak” because they were unable to deal better with domestic issues – is a problem that reaches much farther than one man’s ignorance.

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INSIGHT: Is this how we treat people asking for our protection?

TEN asylum seekers are seeking damages and an injunction preventing the government from deporting them after claiming in a lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court that they were falsely imprisoned and wrongfully deprived of their liberty.

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BTVI ‘trying to silence workers’ claims union

DANIEL Thompson, president of the Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas, yesterday accused Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute and the government of trying to silence workers who have voiced their concerns about the school’s “inefficiencies”.

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Disaster authority repairs scheme to resume ‘in a matter of weeks’ says Lewis

THE Disaster Reconstruction Authority’s Small Homes Repair programme will resume in a matter of weeks, Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction Iram Lewis announced on Saturday in Grand Bahama.

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Davis: Show us the plan to prevent a third wave

WITH several new infectious COVID-19 strains already spreading in some parts of the world, Progressive Liberal Party leader Phillip “Brave” Davis is urging the government to release a plan that allows for more virus testing and isolation to help prevent a third wave of COVID-19 in the country.

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BTC ‘entertaining’ offers for JFK HQ

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is “entertaining offers” to lease or acquire its iconic JFK Drive headquarters as it reexamines its real estate portfolio following COVID-19’s impact.

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‘Screaming from mountain top’ on Biden quarantine

The Bahamas will be “screaming from the mountain top” in a bid to ensure the planned US quarantine for incoming travellers does not devastate the tourism industry, a Cabinet minister pledged yesterday.

‘Pulling the rug from under’ our tourism revival

Hotel operators have voiced fears that US quarantine plans will “pull the rug out from under” Bahamian tourism’s revival with several properties already reporting booking cancellations as a result.

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BPL targeting $85m from local investors

Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) chairman yesterday voiced confidence that local investors will “fully subscribe” for the $85m portion of its upcoming bond issue that will be placed in this nation.

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Getting the rules right for a successful sovereign wealth fund

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“Our landscapes connect us to our history; they are the source of our character as a people, as well as our health, our safety and our prosperity. Natural resources enrich us economically, yes. But they also enrich us aesthetically and recreationally and culturally and spiritually.”

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01252021 EDITION

Monday, 25th January, 2021.

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Govt to extend state of emergency until May

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis gave notice in the House of Assembly Monday morning of his administration’s intent to extend the country’s state of emergency until May 23.

Ex-British politician dies diving in Exumas

FORMER British politician Robert Rowland died after a diving accident near his home in Exuma over the weekend.

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Mortician’s funeral ‘did not’ receive OPM sign-off

THE OFFICE of the Prime Minister said it did not give organisers special permission to host a large funeral procession for a well-known mortician last Saturday.

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COVID takes toll on Lucayan deal

OFFICIALS are still reviewing a proposed post-COVID deal by Royal Caribbean and the ITM Group for the sale of the Grand Lucayan resort, according to State Minister for Finance Kwasi Thompson who lamented that the terms are “not as favourable as before”.

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Pinder warns quarantine rule by U.S. will cost jobs

LABOUR Director John Pinder yesterday warned that there could be more layoffs in the country’s hotel sector if The Bahamas does not seek exemption from the US on its new travel quarantine requirement.

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FOUR SUSPENDED IN CARE HOME SCANDAL: Police called in to probe horrific child beatings which shocked nation

FOUR female staff members at the Children’s Emergency Hostel have been “relieved of their duties” after shocking surveillance footage showed numerous children at the care home being severely beaten.

Pest control companies in modest business spike

A pest control company says business has increased by 5 percent since the COVID-19 lockdowns started in March 2020.

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Deandre Ayton has 4th straight double double

DEANDRE Ayton continued his streak of double doubles for the Phoenix Suns while Chavano “Buddy” Hield and the Sacramento Kings had their first game of the season postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

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Baptiste gets ready to suit up with Bengals

AFTER displaying her skills for St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine, Foxy Angels and the junior national team, talented point guard Karolyn Baptiste is now getting ready to compete for the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

HEATING UP: NCAA Division I Weekend standouts

THE weekend of NCAA Division I featured several Bahamian players in rescheduled double headers, standout performances on the court and postponed games due to COVID-19.

D’Aguilar knee-jerk reaction

Into his fourth year as Minister of Tourism and Aviation, one would have hoped that the Hon Dionisio D’Aguilar would have more fully taken onboard some rudimentary lessons about statecraft and governance.

How the world works

How the world works - I would like if possible to address various issues of relevance at this moment in time.

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Caribbean-US relations: Chance to merge might with right

EVENTS in Washington on January 20 were a welcome relief and release for the world.

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17 NEW COVID CASES ON SATURDAY

THE Ministry of Health confirmed 17 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the nation’s toll to 8,127.

Tourism chief: Bahamas 'ahead of curve' on tests

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association's (BHTA) president has voiced optimism that this nation's five-day COVID testing system has put it "ahead of the curve" to meet new US requirements.

New corporate centre becomes fully leased

The 25,000 square-foot Cave's Corporate Centre West has been fully leased to three financial services firms, a prominent commercial realtor has confirmed.

Hoteliers fear 'drastic' US quarantine effect

A Family Island resort operator says president Joe Biden's quarantine proposal for incoming travellers will help the US but be bad for Bahamian tourism.

Oil opponents blast fast hearing 'denial'

Oil exploration opponents are arguing that Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) is engaging in a "tactical denial" of a speedy hearing after being added as a party to their Judicial Review case.

BTC hit by sabotage in North Eleuthera

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has blamed sabotage for causing its mobile and fixed-line subscribers in North Eleuthera to lose communications services for two days last week.

Arbitration boost for local society

The adoption of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) measures will have a “positive effect” on Bahamian society, a former Bar Association president believes.

Insurers face pressure to drop BPC coverage

An international advocacy group has pledged to pressure Bahamas Petroleum Company's (BPC) insurers to drop the oil explorer as a client after coverage for its first exploratory well was confirmed.

Friday, January 22

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PM opens London Creek Bridge in Andros

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis officially opened the London Creek Bridge in Andros during a special ceremony on Friday, saying the development is just one of many infrastructural projects lined up to better improve the island.

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Bannister: You’re going to see definite movement on Andros shanty towns

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister on Friday pledged that the government will take the necessary action to deal with unregulated developments on Andros, saying Bahamians can expect to see “definite movement” on the matter soon.

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Eight men plead guilty to illegal landing

EIGHT Haitian men who were caught residing in the country without the required legal documents were each fined $300 on Friday.

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13 new cases of COVID-19

THE Ministry of Health has reported 13 new cases of COVID-19.

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Man fined for fake driver's licence

A MAN who presented a fake driver’s licence to Road Traffic Department officials was fined $300 on Friday.

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27-year-old charged with robbing man of cash, gold teeth

A 27-year-old man was charged on Friday with robbing a man of cash and gold teeth.

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01222021 WEEKEND

Friday, 22nd January, 2021.

EDITORIAL: Quarantine rule is a disaster for The Bahamas

DEVASTATING. That’s the word Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar uses to describe the introduction of a quarantine requirement for people arriving in the United States.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: The light of hope shines again as shameful Trump leaves the stage

ON Wednesday, a huge weight was lifted off the shoulders of the world. Donald Trump left Washington.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: From pandemic to a political soap opera

ONE thing I’ve kept a keen eye on from the sidelines (thanks to the COViD-19 global pandemic) is the soap opera playing out between the current FNM administration and the opposition PLP in regards to the handling of the entire pandemic and the subsequent results.

Abaconians ‘fed up’ with disaster authority

DESPITE promises from the Disaster Reconstruction Authority that all commitments will be honoured, Abaco residents say they are fed up.

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‘Publish documents on oil drilling project’

A COALITION of environmental groups is urging the government to make public all documentation relating to Bahamas Petroleum Company’s exploratory oil drilling amid renewed calls to halt what they deem an “ill-conceived project” that threatens disaster.

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Six Sandilands patients test positive for virus

THE Public Hospitals Authority has confirmed that six female patients at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre’s Geriatric Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Bahamas ‘has tamed COVID-19 pandemic’

THE Bahamas is one of just 27 countries that have tamed the COVID-19 pandemic, according to over 4,000 scientists and community organisers worldwide.

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‘We must find better ways to discipline our children’

A LOCAL therapist believes when it comes to raising children, parents and guardians should avoid using corporal punishment as a form of discipline.

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Biden’s action ‘simply devastating’ to tourism

A Cabinet minister yesterday warned new US quarantine requirements are “simply devastating” for the Bahamian tourism industry’s rebound, adding: “This keeps us on the edge that much longer.”

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BTC retirement offer sparks trade dispute

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) two unions yesterday revealed they have filed a trade dispute over what the carrier branded “the most generous retirement package in the Caribbean”.

Oil drill opponents hail insurance intervention

Oil exploration opponents yesterday hailed growing international pressure for Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) to show it has sufficient insurance to cover any pollution clean-up costs.

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01222021 EDITION

Friday, 22nd January, 2021.

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Govt to decide Grand Lucayan return ‘shortly’

The Minnis Cabinet will decide “very shortly” whether to act on the Grand Lucayan Board’s plan to re-open the resort on February 1, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.

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UPDATED: Man dies after Village Road shooting

A MAN is dead after a shooting at Village Road yesterday.

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Officials having 'vigorous conversation' on corporal punishment in schools

EDUCATION officials are having a “vigorous conversation” about whether corporal punishment should still be allowed in schools, however there are some who are opposed to phasing out the practice, Education Minister Jeff Lloyd said.

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BIDEN DELIVERS CRIPPLING BLOW: New President unveils quarantine rule which will devastate tourism

UNITED States President Joe Biden yesterday signed an executive order requiring travellers to quarantine on arrival to the US, potentially dealing what Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar says could be a devastating blow to the Bahamian economy.

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Man must pay compensation for hitting brother with fan

A MAN who hit his brother with an iron fan during an argument was ordered to compensate his sibling for the injuries he caused.

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Deandre Ayton posts career-high five blocks

Following a week of postponements and three missed games due to the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, Deandre Ayton continued to play his best basketball of the season once the Phoenix Suns returned to the court.

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Lloyd still waiting for approval on in-person learning

EDUCATION Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said his ministry is still awaiting the approval of the Ministry of Health as to when face-to-face learning can resume on certain islands.

Challenge to the two-party system

Last week we celebrated the 54th anniversary of Majority Rule – the day we pay homage to the pioneers of our modern democracy. Whether you stayed safe at home, took a day in at the beach or exercised your constitutional right to protest, we must never forget the day’s importance. I would like us to reflect on three significant submissions contrary to the notion that The Bahamas is a two-party political nation.

COVID test to enter U.S. a good step

The latest fit of hypocrisy to take hold here is the protestations from some Bahamians at the fact that the US is finally taking steps to bring its intractable Covid crisis to heel.

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Discus national record holder Serena has lofty goals

BAHAMAS women’s discus national record holder Serena Brown is working on some lofty goals in her senior year as a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes women’s track and field team.

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Rhema emerges as one of the top prep prospects in Florida

JUNIOR national basketball team standout Rhema Collins has quickly emerged as one of the top prep prospects among her class in the state of Florida.

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Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas celebrates its 12th anniversary – virtually

THERE is no shortage of benefits when it comes to participating in races.

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Man accused of killing two while driving dangerously

A 33-year-old man was yesterday charged with two counts of killing in the course of dangerous driving in connection with a horrific three-car collision that claimed the lives of a married couple on Christmas night.

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Man claimed he was keeping marijuana for friend

A 46-year-old man who was found with more than $5,000 worth of marijuana, which he claimed he was keeping for a friend, was yesterday fined $7,800.

Thursday, January 21

EDITORIAL: No more violence against children

THE video that showed adults at the Children’s Emergency Hostel beating the youngsters in their care was shocking enough – but yesterday added one further shocking twist to the incident.

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STATESIDE: Honest public service or a time to fill your pockets?

BE honest. What do you really think about government?

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FRONT PORCH: Trump skulked away but America’s difficult days remain

Yesterday’s inauguration of Joseph Biden Jr was welcomed by millions in America and around the world relieved and gladdened at the departure of the most vicious and divisive President in modern America, who incited, fuelled and epitomised the forces of white Christian nationalism, the great original stain and sin of the American Republic.

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Organisation calls for full FOI Act implementation

ORGANISATION for Responsible Governance has renewed calls for full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, insisting all available resources be committed to its enactment.

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‘Don’t blame the victims, blame the men who rape them’

A WOMEN’S rights advocate wants society to stop placing the blame on young vulnerable girls being lured out of their homes and becoming victims of statutory rape and hold the men responsible accountable for their actions.

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‘Health experts needed on vaccine taskforce’

THE head of the Consultant Physician Staff Association believes more healthcare professionals should have been appointed to the government’s National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee.

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Motorcade to be held in tribute to Bert Bell

A motorcade and homegoing service in celebration of the life and legacy of swim coach Albert “Bert” Bell will be held in Grand Bahama next weekend.

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‘On fire’ materials to hit construction

Contractors yesterday warned their home building clients face “a hit to their pockets” in 2021 from an “on fire” construction materials market where prices have risen ten percent since the New Year alone.

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BISX pauses digital securities ambitions

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) has paused its ambitions to launch a digital securities trading platform as it bids to catch-up with the sector’s fast-paced evolution.

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Bahamas to rebound ‘faster’ than its rivals

A top hotelier believes The Bahamas’ “proactive” approach to COVID-19 testing and health protocols will enable its tourism industry to rebound faster than its competitors.

Solar’s pioneers being ‘bypassed’

“Pioneering” Bahamian solar firms are being “bypassed” on the “big piece of the pie” due to how government tenders for utility-scale renewable energy are being structured, one provider is asserting.

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01212021 EDITION

Thursday, 21st January, 2021.

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More COVID restrictions relaxed

RELAXED restrictions related to pharmacies, gas stations, laundromats, funeral services, weddings and outdoor dining came into effect last night, the Office of the Prime Minister announced in a statement.

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‘Retaining curfew is fine by me’

SUPER Value CEO Rupert Roberts says he feels much safer with the COVID-19 curfew in place and believes last year’s drop in crime is due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Nygard battles for prison release

A LAWYER for the Attorney General of Canada said yesterday former fashion mogul Peter Nygard can’t be trusted not to flee the country if he’s released on bail, and slammed a release plan put forward by defence lawyers as “utterly brazen and cynical.”

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Home worker tries to defend assaults

A WOMAN who identified herself as an employee of the Children’s Emergency Hostel told a talk show host yesterday that “if you don’t beat, the children will beat you,” adding another layer of shock to a situation that has reignited discussion about the use of corporal punishment on children.

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‘ABHORRENT AND CRUEL’: Beatings video sparks demands for action to protect vulnerable kids

A FORMER Cabinet minister has urged Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell to move with haste to remove all those involved in the “abhorrent and cruel” beating of children at an emergency care home.

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Man guilty of hitting victim with cutlass

A 21-year-old man who was accused of hitting another man in the head with a cutlass during an argument last year was yesterday fined $500.

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Tourists are detained at airport with marijuana in their luggage

TWO tourists who tried to go through the American customs station at Lynden Pindling International Airport with marijuana in their luggage were fined in magistrate’s court yesterday.

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Teenager who struck cyclist with car is given $1,000 fine

A TEENAGER who struck down a cyclist with whom he had a dispute was yesterday fined $1,000 for the reckless act and ordered to compensate the victim.

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Nine held for drug possession

NINE men were arrested for drug possession in several incidents on Tuesday.

Enigma - the leader of the opposition

Almost no Bahamian ever saw Dr Hubert A Minnis (FNM-Killarney) as prime ministerial material before the former second greatest and effective Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingraham suddenly resigned as a member of parliament following the debacle of the FNM’s staggering electoral defeat in 2012. That was in my considered view a bad decision.

Oil drilling

The latest debate in The Bahamas has been whether or not an oil industry, which includes offshore oil drilling and extraction, would be good for the country.

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Sweeting signs with Padres

Evan Sweeting’s baseball journey will continue at the professional ranks with the San Diego Padres organisation.

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Knowles-Tener and Cavaliers to return to field in March

RONDRE Knowles-Tener and his Virginia-Wise Cavaliers Football programme will return to the field in March in an amended 2021 season.

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Jones and Foxes advance to the FIBA EuroLeague Quarters

JONQUEL Jones and her UMMC Ekaterinburg Foxes advanced to the FIBA EuroLeague Quarterfinals with another dominant performance as group play resumed this week.

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Vlasov rides high in first show of the year

THERE was no brushing off the rust for equestrian athlete Millie Vlasov as she began the 2021 show season with a successful weekend of showing at the Oliva Nova Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Valencia, Spain.

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BLTA’s ‘Play Tennis’ programme introduces the backhand stroke

THE recent session of The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s “Play Tennis” programme featured an introduction to the backhand stroke.

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‘Facebook predator’ accused in court

A 35-year-old man who was accused of using Facebook to lure underage girls to meet up with him to have sex was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Wednesday, January 20

EDITORIAL: Video shows a brutality that is far too common

THE video showing children being beaten in an emergency care home is shocking in many ways.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Just plain wrong from every perspective, Mr Commissioner

THIS week, the Commissioner of Police reported there were 11 suicides in 2020, up from eight in 2019. He said this was due to people — men, in particular — being “weak”. The suggestion is absurd, offensive and incorrect.

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Legislation being reviewed to bring in parole system

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday officials are currently reviewing legislation to introduce a parole system that will allow for the reintegration of offenders into society.

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Minister backs commissioner claims COVID had no impact on crime levels

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday defended the efforts of police officers for their contributions in helping to reduce overall crime, telling critics there is no data to suggest the COVID-19 regulations had an impact on offences.

Task force chief denies claims of expired food vouchers

SUSAN Larson, head of the National Food Assistance Task Force, has denied claims in social media that the group has distributed expired food vouchers, but said officials have had to “tighten up” protocols due to people trying to sell or stockpile the items.

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Fears domestic violence cases go unreported

WITH police reporting a drop in incidents of domestic violence last year, some activists fear more cases of abuse and domestic incidents are going unreported.

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Governor ‘lays down gauntlet’ for banking

The Central Bank’s governor has “laid down the gauntlet” with his plans to modernise the commercial banking industry for the 21st century, a BISX-listed institution’s chief executive said yesterday.

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Union chief in ‘101%’ backing for judge’s call

A trade union leader yesterday gave his “101 percent” backing to a Supreme Court judge’s call to modernise the Industrial Relations Act and take the government out of union elections.

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Ex-BPL worker loses $6k over ‘lewd’ dismissal

An ex-Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) employee has been stripped of the $6,068 she was awarded after being terminated for “lewd sexual activity” while working in the utility’s cashier cage.

‘Polish what we have before tourists return’

A prominent realtor yesterday voiced optimism that real estate sales could increase by 50 percent this year as he urged Bahamians to “polish what we have” before the tourism market rebounds.

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01202021 EDITION

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021.

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Biden takes the helm as president: 'Democracy has prevailed'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that "democracy has prevailed" as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors.

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Electric auto dealership aims to 'double' growth

The Bahamas' first electric car dealership owner yesterday said it expects to "double" its growth rate for 2020 with vehicles said to be going “great".

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‘Russian Roulette’ by 20% of drivers

More than 20 percent of Bahamian drivers “are playing Russian Roulette” with people’s lives because they have no insurance protection, a top industry executive warned yesterday.

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Planning vital in success of vaccination rollout

MOST regional countries are not ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations and should instead focus on preparation, a Pan American Health Organization official said yesterday.

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Police chief blames ‘pushy’ press for suicide blunder

POLICE Commissioner Paul Rolle last night apologised for his comments about suicide victims, but claimed his remarks were sparked by questions from “pushy journalists”.

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EIGHT MINUTES PURE TORMENT: Urgent probe ordered as horror video shows care home beatings

A SHOCKING video has emerged showing children being severely beaten and mocked by staff in an emergency care home.

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Memorial held to reflect on life of the late Jonique ‘Mini’ Webb

ONE year after her death, family and friends of Jonique ‘Mini’ Webb hosted a memorial to reflect on the life of the late multi-talented, petite young lady.

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Man is fined $1,500 for selling gas without licence

A 32-year-old man who was caught selling gas from his home without a business licence was yesterday fined $1,500.

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Jailed for indecent assault on girl

A 54-year-old man who indecently assaulted a nine-year-old girl was yesterday sentenced to two years in prison.

CIBC launches new banking technology

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) has launched the roll-out of its 'smart' automated banking machine (ABM) technology in Grand Bahama.

COVID visitor testing hits 'bumps in road'

The Government's five-day COVID-19 visitor testing strategy has hit "some bumps in the road" on islands where provision is solely reliant on the public sector clinics, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

Poultry self-sufficiency 'doable' within 3 years

A Bahamian producer yesterday said this nation could become self-sufficient in poultry within three years if the correct policies and regulations are implemented.

Liquor sales 'slower than normal' post-Christmas

Liquor retailers yesterday said January sales to-date have been "much slower than normal" even though many traditionally see a drop-off post-Christmas.

Joseph Ferguson new president of Bahamas Chess Federation

JOSEPH Ferguson has been elected as the new president of the Bahamas Chess Federation, replacing Elton Joseph, who served as the immediate past president.

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Junior golfer Zion next in line

MEET junior golfer Zion Taylor, the latest member of his family that includes versatile collegiate track and field athlete Charisma Taylor and former soccer players and swimmers Dante and Tre Taylor.

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Blue Chips Throwers Club to stage its first meet Saturday, January 30

WITH competitions limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Blue Chips Throwers Club is all set to stage its first throwers meet at the original Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium Saturday, January 30.

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Man threatened to spank his niece with cutlass

A MAN who threatened to “spank” his niece with a cutlass during an argument was yesterday fined $500.

GOVT BONDS LISTING BOOSTS BISX’S MARKET CAP BY 58%

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange's (BISX) total market capitalisation grew by 58 percent in 2020 due to the listing of more than $3.4bn in long-term government bond debt.

Travel rules too tough

The comments by the Hotel Union President about the difficulties with lack of tourism are late in coming. Over the past several months there have been numerous letters to The Tribune about the difficulties with the harsh entry rules.

Ban oil extraction

In a previous letter (published January 12th), I explained that a legal ban on oil drilling and extraction would not amount to compulsory possession or acquisition without compensation of BPC’s property under the Constitution.

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Riley first female president of BPGA

For the next four years, the Bahamas Professional Golfers Association will be headed by its first female president - Racquel Riley.

Open letter to Bar Association

Firstly, I would like to make a qualified statement to the effect that there may be extenuating circumstances or unknown, but relevant, reasons of which I am ignorant, with regards to the contents of this letter. If so, please disregard the contents, if not please enlighten the puzzled public.

Tuesday, January 19

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What to do if your PSA level is high

Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a type of protein released by the prostate gland. Screening for possible prostate cancer involves taking a PSA blood test, which is recommended annually starting at the age of 40 years old.

EDITORIAL: Curfews really had no effect on crime, Commissioner?

Nonsense. That’s the word Police Commissioner Paul Rolle uses to describe suggestions that perhaps, just perhaps, the decline in crime last year was influenced by the fact that the streets were locked down in curfew each night for a large chunk of the year.

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The importance of fathers in the home

Former gospel rapper turned author promotes the family unit

Dominique Forbes is an evolved woman. We were first introduced to her as Junior Prodigy, or “JP” for short - a young gospel rapper and mother-of-one seeking to spread her message through music.

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A growing community seeks to teach Bahamian women how to overcome trauma and reach their full potential

THE AUTHENTIC Woman - a faith based, female-focused community is seeking to help millennial women effectively navigate womanhood and gain the perspective, tools, and support they need to live confidently and find their purpose.

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PETER YOUNG: Silence in court - hit the mute button: tradition and technology in the justice system

IT was a pleasure to receive again this year an invitation to the ceremony to mark the opening of the new Legal Year. This time, because of coronavirus restrictions there was no traditional service at Christ Church Cathedral nor the usual crowded gathering in the Supreme Court to hear addresses by the Attorney General, the Chief Justice and the President of the Bar Association. Instead, there was a “virtual ceremony” held last week out-of-doors in Rawson Square with limited attendance and live television coverage.

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FACE TO FACE: Kamala follows in the footsteps of women breaking down barriers

WHEN Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President of the United States of America tomorrow, people all over the world will be watching the Inauguration ceremony to witness history in the making. What a proud moment it will be to see a woman of colour take the second highest leadership position in one of the greatest countries in the world!

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Pinder hopes for travel rise to ease need for unemployment aid

WITH the government’s unemployment assistance for tourism workers affected by the pandemic expected to end later this month, Labour director John Pinder hopes travel from the US will increase in the coming months to offset this problem.

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Rolle attributes some suicides to ‘weak’ men as numbers rise

SUICIDES increased by 38 percent in 2020, according to data released by the Royal Bahamas Police Force yesterday.

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Commissioner: We’ve stepped up our game in Abaco

POLICE COMMISSIONER Paul Rolle insisted yesterday that overall crime remains down in Abaco, adding police officers “have stepped up their game” to address crime concerns in the community.

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Canada exports enjoy $17m duty free access boost

Almost 90 percent of The Bahamas’ exports to Canada benefited from duty-free access via the Caribbean’s free trade agreement, a Cabinet minister has revealed.

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Oil explorer blasts ‘baseless’ claims over its insurance

The Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) yesterday blasted its opponents for “deliberate and gross misrepresentation” over suggestions its exploratory well lacks adequate insurance coverage.

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Don’t ‘besiege’ courts with trade union election fights

A Supreme Court judge has urged Parliament to modernise The Bahamas’ industrial relations laws to prevent the judicial system from becoming “besieged” by trade union election battles.

Auto chief: 25% sales jump ‘if no lockdown’

A top auto dealer yesterday predicted new car sales could increase by over 25 percent this year “subject to no lockdowns” as the industry targets the 2022 second half for a full COVID-19 rebound.

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COVID travel measures ‘won’t ease in any way’

A Cabinet minister last night said the government is “not minded in any way to relax the health travel protocols” despite conceding that have likely helped to “depress demand” and tourism’s revival.

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James ‘Jungle Jim’ Duncombe remembered

FELLOW golfers and friends gathered at the Bahamas Golf Federation’s Driving Range at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday to pay their last respects to the late professional golfer and instructor James ‘Jungle Jim’ Duncombe.

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01192021 EDITION

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021.

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It’s official: Adari Grant joins St Louis Cardinals

Adari Grant returned to Grand Bahama to celebrate the next chapter of his baseball career as he officially became the newest member of the St Louis Cardinals organisation.

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Miller insists he’ll be on ballot

FORMER Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller said he is still seeking the Progressive Liberal Party’s nomination for the next general election and plans to be a thorn in the party’s side if he is denied.

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Police shootings left eleven dead last year

ELEVEN people were killed last year in police involved shootings, Police Commissioner Paul Rolle said.

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‘Election should be fixed date’

A representative from a local non-profit organisation says a fixed election date will bring more stability to the Bahamian election process.

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Woman found dead with head injuries

A WOMAN was found dead in an area off Marshall Road yesterday with blunt force trauma to the head.

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‘CRIME’S DOWN - NOT BY COVID’: Police chief insists lockdowns not key to reduced offences

POLICE Commissioner Paul Rolle yesterday credited a 16 percent fall in overall crime to the efforts of his force and not a windfall from the months of lockdown enforced on the nation.

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Davante Carey in the win column

DAVANTE Carey finished the weekend with individual wins in consecutive meets for the McKendree Bearcats as they continued competition in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

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Inaugural National Interschools Golf Championships March 22-25

WITH all of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology are collaborating their efforts to reintroduce golf into the schools’ curriculum.

Behold the swingers

There is a famous song by a Bahamian entertainer par excellence, my favorite living sibling, Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, titled: ‘Boy Ya Got Swing’. We all know that song was always relevant, but it will become even more so as we approach yet another electoral cycle.

Bahamians find new ways to define self-care

Exploring meditation, social media breaks and 'self-dating'

The topic of self-care and mental health awareness has never been more in the spotlight than it is now, when the entire world has lived through nearly a year of challenging and extraordinary circumstances.

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Bahamian women fall in love with sweeping Regency romance

Who wants a prince when you can have a duke?

Gov't told: Press on with $150m airport upgrades

Family Island resort operators yesterday urged the Government to push ahead with its planned $150m Family Island airport upgrades given the potential to boost visitor arrivals post-COVID-19.

'Rotation' means no Baker's Bay Mexican increase

The Bahamian Contractors Association's (BCA) chief yesterday said the latest Mexican construction workers arriving at Abaco's Baker’s Bay project will not increase its foreign labour component.

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18-year-old gets 18 months in prison

A TEENAGER who broke into a man’s house was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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$7,000 fine over marijuana

A SPANISH Wells man who last week imported a quantity of marijuana and cannabis oil into the country was yesterday fined $7,000.

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Brother charged with New Year’s Day killing

A MAN was yesterday charged with murder in connection with the shooting of a teacher whose body was found lying in a pool of blood at a local school on New Year’s Day.

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Tourists failed to declare $80,000 in casino winnings

TWO tourists who failed to declare nearly $80,000 worth of casino winnings to American airport border officials were yesterday fined $1,500.

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Committee set up to advise on university president search

THE board of trustees of University of The Bahamas has appointed a Presidential Search Committee to establish the process by which the new institution’s president will be selected and hired.

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KIWANIS CLUB FEEDS FAMILIES

THE Kiwanis Club of Nassau AM fed 65 families during the Christmas holidays through Feed the Family project.

Monday, January 18

EDITORIAL: The start of a new era for borrowers

THE arrival of the nation’s first credit bureau is going to be good news for some – but bad news for many borrowers.

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WORLD VIEW: Trump-Pompeo parting shots hurt the Caribbean

AS they are preparing to exit the White House and the State Department on January 20, the outgoing Donald Trump administration has planted some explosives for the foreign policy of the government of Joseph Biden, Jr.

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INSIGHT: Will shifting dynamics result in a changing of the guard?

AS the political temperature heats up with just a year until the next general election, the Bahamian electorate will have many questions to ask. After Hurricane Dorian and the economic wrecking ball of COVID-19, any political party would face a struggle to stay in favour with fickle voters.

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INSIGHT: The numbers don’t lie - the system doesn’t work and needs torn up

WITH the publication of the national exam results at the beginning of the year, one thing is apparent. The performance of Bahamian children in these examinations continues to trend in the wrong direction. Of the 6,073 students who sat the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams, only 365 – an incredibly low six percent – received at least a grade C in five subjects.

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INSIGHT: So Minister, the PM doesn’t want drilling - what’s your personal view?

Despite cries from environmentalists Bahamas Petroleum Company has pressed ahead with its oil excavation in Bahamian waters, confident its operations are covered by an iron-clad agreement which now leaves the Government and people of The Bahamas with no say.

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Oil drilling company applauds sovereign fund plan

BAHAMAS Petroleum Company has endorsed Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ recent statements about implementing a Sovereign Wealth Fund, saying such a fund can assist with paying off the national debt or better the lives of Bahamians.

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Minnis: A long road ahead

A LONG road of recovery and rebuilding is ahead for communities in Abaco and Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said at the handover ceremony of ‘Bahama House’ to Blackwood resident Esther Ann Cornish Laing.

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$400m shortfall: 'We're running out of options'

A former finance minister is warning that The Bahamas' $400m foreign currency deficit could be the start of "a quite worrisome trend", and added: "We're running out of options."

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01182021 EDITION

Monday, 18th January, 2021.

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'Deck now stacked against' Bahamian tourism's rebound

The hotel union's president has voiced alarm that "the deck's being stacked against" the revival of the Bahamian tourism industry and wider economy by travel restrictions imposed in its major markets.

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What to expect from the financial markets in 2021?

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AMONG the many twists and turns of 2020, the behaviour of the financial markets stands out as particularly fascinating and bewildering. The discrepancy observed between the state of the underlying economy and the performance of stocks and other investment assets surprised even the more seasoned observer, with major stock indices, as well as gold and Bitcoin, all reaching record highs. As Wall Street kept opening bottles of Champagne, main street struggled through an unparalleled peace-time recession characterised by record unemployment numbers and dramatic GDP contractions.

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Vaccine committee working to finalise operational plan

ANYONE who receives a COVID-19 vaccine once they become available in the country will receive a certificate that “may be associated with travel in the future,” which is a “potential requirement being discussed internationally,” the Office of the Prime Minister said last night.

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UPDATED: Woman dead, three seriously injured in Abaco crash

A THREE-CAR collision on the island of Abaco left one woman dead while three others were airlifted to New Providence for treatment.

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‘Why silence on damage to seabeds?’

MONTHS after officials confirmed there was damage to the seabed near Berry Islands allegedly caused by cruise ships sheltering in Bahamian waters, an activist has expressed “frustration” that the government has seemingly gone silent over the matter.

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System in place to cope with new U.S. test policy

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday expressed confidence that The Bahamas has a sound regime in place to satisfy an impending policy change requiring all air passengers entering the United States to have a negative COVID-19 test.

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Credit bureau to hit 30% of borrowers

Up to 30 percent of Bahamian borrowers will struggle to obtain loans due to the imminent arrival of the nation's first-ever credit bureau, a top banker is warning.

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Moss clears personal best

It was a great start to the collegiate indoor season for jumper Daejha Moss and quarter-miler Megan Moss in two separate meets on Saturday.

Lender calls for 'smarter way' on entrepreneurship

A Bahamian lender has called for a “smarter approach to entrepreneurship" that avoids seeing money as the only solution to overcoming obstacles to business development.

Where will tourists come from?

Where will the tourists come from should be the urgent problem which your Minister of Tourism and staff should tackle if The Bahamas is to ever recover from the current economic meltdown.

Domes, doom and the FOI

I can’t believe I am at the computer again shaking my head at more mind ‘bogglement’ taking place!

Health visas are stopping travellers

I operate a travel agency in Columbus, Ohio, and have sent clients on a regular basis to Nassau for many years both to hotels and on cruises. The Bahamas was always a popular destination. Regularly I read your newspaper online to keep up to date on travel news.

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25 new COVID cases recorded in latest official figures

TWENTY-FIVE cases of COVID-19 were recorded between Friday and Saturday bringing the nation’s total to 8,057, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

Venture fund sees loan repayments drop 16%

The Government-sponsored venture capital fund has seen loan repayment sums fall by up to 16 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic's devastating impact on clients who received debt financing.

Gov't lenders do 'cartwheels' over credit bureau's creation

Government lending and business-support institutions say they are doing "cartwheels" over the credit bureau's imminent arrival as this will enable them to better assess each borrower's risk.

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Albert ‘Bert’ Bell dies at his home in Grand Bahama

ALBERT ‘Bert’ Bell, father and coach of two of the country’s most talented and versatile athletes, David and Andrew Bell, passed away on Saturday at his home in Grand Bahama.

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$4,000 marijuana found

Grand Bahama police discovered a quantity of suspected marijuana with an estimated street value of $4,000 at a residence in the Freeport area on Thursday.

Tornado hits Jubilee Gardens

A TORNADO reportedly touched down in the Jubilee Gardens area, scaring some residents and leaving behind minor damage.

Oil explorer told: 'Come clean' over unpaid fees

Oil exploration opponents yesterday urged the Government and Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) to "come clean" on all their commercial agreements including the latter's unpaid licence fees.

Ministry's 400 questions over substance reporting

Ministry of Finance officials fielded some 400 private sector questions last week when hosting two webinars designed to help companies meet their substance reporting obligations.

Digital economy to give local firms 'global reach'

Technology providers say the digital economy will reduce "experimentation costs" and enable Bahamian companies to more rapidly trial products and services with global consumers.

Saturday, January 16

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Rotary begins rebuilding project for Sweeting's Cay

The Rotary Clubs on Grand Bahama have embarked on the Sweeting’s Cay Home Repair project to rebuild homes on the cay, where residents have been living in tents and displaced for the past 18 months since Hurricane Dorian.

Friday, January 15

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24-year-old charged with attempted murder

A 24-year-old man was charged with attempted murder in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Man placed on probation after drugs found

A 25-year-old man who was found with over two ounces of marijuana was on Friday placed on probation for two years.

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PLP deputy criticises decision to reduce spending on Family Island projects

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper criticised government’s decision to reduce spending on capital works projects on several Family Islands, saying the move will “strangle” the economy as the country tries to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Veteran educator Zelma Dean dies age 84

VETERAN educator and former director of education Zelma Dean died on Friday morning after battling an illness for a long time. She was 84 years old.

EDITORIAL: Less talk, more action on nurses’ issues

NURSES at the Marsh Harbour Clinic in Abaco had enough of waiting for their concerns to be heard this week.

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Store manager accused of defrauding employer

A STORE manager accused of defrauding her employer of more than $1,000 was granted bail on Friday before her trial.

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Contractor accused of stealing more than $40,000

A CONTRACTOR who denied stealing more than $40,000 from one of his clients was on Friday granted bail before his trial.

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Man charged with murders of two Long Island women

A MAN accused of killing two Long Island women whose bodies were discovered in shallow graves on the island last year was arraigned in the Supreme Court on Friday.

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PLP calls for virus testing plan

THE Progressive Liberal Party’s COVID-19 task force urged government to release a structured plan that allows for more virus testing throughout the country.

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Friday, 15th January, 2021.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: What would have happened if the rioters were black?

THERE are moments you never forget. They are seared into your brain as hard-wired as the DNA you were born with. Like November 22, 1963, the day John F Kennedy was shot. I was a freshman at the University of Florida on my way to a chemistry class. A bell rang out, speakers blared, students were running in every direction. I made it into a classroom, don’t remember which, and in seconds everyone – strangers who had never met before – everyone was crying and huddled together in shock and disbelief.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Resolutions hit a speed bump?

OKAY it’s January 15th, 2021, a week since I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and the importance of making the right resolution choices.

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Bahamians in Washington area safe, says ambassador

BAHAMAS ambassador to the United States Sidney Collie said all Bahamians living in the Washington area are safe as US fears mount over possible violence ahead of President-elect Joseph Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, January 20.

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U.S. business leaders: Stop the drilling

THERE is growing opposition to oil drilling in The Bahamas as business leaders in the United States have called on government leaders to put a stop to it.

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Smith praises govt over costs decision

THE government will not seek security for costs from environmentalists in the judicial review proceedings involving Bahamas Petroleum Company’s exploratory oil drilling, drawing praise from attorney Fred Smith for removing a potentially significant obstacle.

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Good news with no holiday surge in COVID cases

WITH low COVID-19 infections being recorded for the past few weeks, a local infectious disease expert says it appears the recent holiday celebrations did not lead to an uptick of cases as officials initially expected.

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PMH temporarily suspends ID and autopsy services at morgue

Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) has suspended identification and autopsy services at the PMH Rand Lab (morgue) until further notice.

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Minnis aims for historic partnership to restore Abaco and Grand Bahama

ABACO and Grand Bahama’s recovery post Hurricane Dorian will require one of the most ambitious and dynamic public-private partnership initiatives in Bahamian history, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday.

Action promised to tackle issues after nurses’ sick-out in Abaco

HEALTH officials say they are working to rectify all issues with nurses at the Marsh Harbour Clinic in Abaco after they engaged in a “sick-out” earlier this week because of “poor” working conditions and safety concerns.

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Bahamas suffered $400m 'shortfall' on foreign inflows

The Bahamas suffered a more than $400m foreign currency "shortfall" in 2020 that had to be covered by the Government's overseas borrowing activities, the Central Bank's governor revealed yesterday.

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BPL chair touts 40% outage fall

Bahamas Power & Light's (BPL) chairman yesterday pledged that it will be half-way towards its renewable energy targets by end-2025 as he hailed a 40 percent-plus drop in electricity outages.

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Major PI resort to shut Sunday

A major Paradise Island resort will offer workers voluntary separation packages following this Sunday's closure that will put at least 85 percent of staff back on temporary furlough.

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Governor in bank fee 'transparency' pledge

The Central Bank's governor yesterday pledged to deliver "greater transparency" on commercial bank fees as the country's first credit bureau prepares to start issuing reports by the 2021 second quarter.

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01152021 EDITION

Friday, 15th January, 2021.

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Gov't and BPC 'dispute' outstanding licence fees

Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) yesterday warned against "making mountains out of molehills" after it was revealed the Government had refused to accept its payment of outstanding licence fees.

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Govt appeal bid rejected in $27m case

THE Court of Appeal has rejected the government’s effort to appeal orders involving a Jamaican seeking $27m in damages for false imprisonment before the Supreme Court judge hearing the matter issues her final ruling.

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‘We’ll create a fund to benefit our nation’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday announced the government’s intention to implement a Sovereign Wealth Fund, saying the law governing the fund will likely be updated.

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TWO DEAD IN HOUSE BLAZE: Hospital technician thought to have died trying to save her mom

A STRUCTURAL fire has claimed the life of a mother and daughter and left a man and a juvenile in the hospital.

Tablets donated to help students

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority Ltd presented 42 tablets yesterday for school students in East End that are now attending three public schools in Freeport.

Crisis management to be permanent tourism feature

A top tourism official yesterday said crisis management will be a permanent part of the Ministry of Tourism’s strategy moving forward due to the fall-out from COVID-19.

Just $1m small business COVID relief to distribute

The Prime Minister yesterday said the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) has just $1m of COVID-19 relief funding that remains to be distributed to successful applicants.

Contractor: Industry talking 'record year'

A Bahamas-based contractor yesterday said building materials and concrete suppliers had informed him they are enjoying “record years" despite the COVID-19 pandemic's devastation.

Sovereign wealth fund to help plug $2bn infrastructure gap

The Prime Minister yesterday pledged that the Government will “accelerate” implementation of the long-promised sovereign wealth fund as part of efforts to kickstart $2bn in infrastructure upgrades.

$200m slash to food import bill

The Bahamas could slash its annual food import bill by $200m through focusing on the production of 77 organic items, a Cabinet minister said yesterday, adding: "We have another stab at this."

Resort founder debuts new seaplane service

A high-end boutique resort's founder yesterday unveiled the February launch of a seaplane service that aims to further unlock Family Island tourism's multi-million dollar potential.

Entrepreneurial ideas for beating COVID-19

This year has already gotten off to a rocky start. Most economists have given 2021 slow growth potential at best. With recessions looming, a raging pandemic still lurking and new strains mutating every day, a slow vaccination process and thousands of businesses fighting for survival, we all seem to be in for a long ride.

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BAAA takes time out to give thanks to God

ALTHOUGH it was a very dismal year with very little competition staged due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations took the time out to give God thanks.

BLTA MATCHPLAY FOR JUNIORS

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association has started a matchplay series to jumpstart tennis play for juniors at the National Tennis Centre as competitive tournaments in The Bahamas were previously prohibited.

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‘Buddy’ Hield books his best offensive game of the season

CHAVANO “Buddy” Hield broke out of a shooting slump for his best offensive game of the season, but the Sacramento Kings squandered a late lead to lose their sixth game in their last eight appearances.

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Ayton and Suns have third straight game postponed

Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns have had their third consecutive game postponed in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Two-party nation

What do the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), The People’s Movement, Bahamas National Coalition Party, Bahamas Democratic Movement, Bahamas Constitution Party, Vanguard Nationalist and Socialist Party, Workers’ Party and the Coalition for Democratic Reform all have in common? They’re all fringe political parties that have failed miserably to make a difference on the political landscape of The Bahamas, unlike the Free National Movement (FNM) and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) – the two dinosaurs that have staying power, like the Democratic Party and Republican Party in the US. With the political pendulum swinging between the FNM and PLP each election cycle since 1997, this has reinforced the age-old consensus that The Bahamas is a two-party state.

Governance by attitude

As a long time practising metaphysician I have discovered that the easiest way to achieve or to get something done is to follow the path of least resistance. No I am not suggesting for one minute that one should sacrifice principles or morals to get one’s way, but rather to come to the understanding that once something is conceived in one’s mind (conscious) that that sub-consciousness automatically kicks in and figures out a plan to accomplish the same.

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Activist Bain accused of breaking glasses

ACTIVIST Lincoln Bain was yesterday granted $500 bail after he denied breaking a man’s glasses last year.

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Man accused over unlicenced gun

A HARBOUR Island man who denied having an unlicenced firearm and a quantity of illegal ammunition was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

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Drugs counselling ordered

A 23-year-old man who attempted to flush 10 grams of marijuana down the toilet when officers raided his home was ordered to attend drug counselling classes for a year.

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Laptop thief is jailed

A TEENAGER who stole a man’s laptop and then sold it to another man was sentenced to two months in prison.

12 illegal immigrants held in Lewis yard

A joint law enforcement operation resulted in the arrest of 12 illegal immigrants at a residential complex in the Lewis Yard settlement earlier this week.

Govt ‘solidarity’ with Guyana

THE government has joined the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in standing in solidarity with Guyana and “repudiating all acts of aggression” by Venezuela.

Thursday, January 14

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Small plane makes emergency landing at LPIA

A PIPER Aztec was forced to make an emergency landing at Lynden Pindling International Airport on Thursday.

EDITORIAL: Building for a future after COVID

IT is difficult to assess the past year in comparison to other years – and that holds true in the court system too.

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STATESIDE: America’s had enough

THE man with the political death wish may have finally been granted that wish.

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FRONT PORCH: Dark religious and political forces in America

THERE is a disturbingly iconic image from last week Wednesday’s violent invasion of the US Capitol Building of a man clad in black abseiling from the public gallery to the floor of the United States Senate.

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Warning to prepare vaccination plan

A PAN American Health Organisation official said countries in the region should start preparing for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and focusing on the prioritisation process ahead of its arrival, as full vaccinations of their citizens “will not happen overnight”.

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Davis: National address just a campaign speech

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis slammed Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ national address on Tuesday night as a “campaign speech” that did not provide a way forward for the country.

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Cold storage equipment for vaccine to arrive soon

COLD storage equipment to facilitate COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in The Bahamas shortly, Health Minister Renward Wells told The Tribune yesterday.

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Sands: We must educate public on vaccine

FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says a successful coronavirus vaccination programme hinges on the launch of a comprehensive public education campaign that addresses the concerns of Bahamians.

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‘Judiciary modernising - but COVID-19 was a challenge’

CHIEF Justice Brian Moree said the judiciary made significant strides in fulfilling its mandate to modernise and reform the court system, despite facing challenges brought on by COVID-19.

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Bahamas 'pushes' for U.S. COVID exemption

The Bahamas is pushing "to be at the front of the queue" should the US introduce exemptions from its new COVID-19 testing policy that threatens to be "a significant deterrent" to tourism.

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DPM: BPL initials no longer a 'bad word'

A Cabinet minister has voiced optimism that Bahamas Power & Light's (BPL) initials will no longer be "a bad word" as it readies to break ground on its latest power plant once a $535m bond is placed.

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BPC director: Oil resistance 'futile'

A Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) director yesterday blasted "the frightening lengths" that oil exploration opponents will go to demean its project, as he branded their resistance "futile".

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01142021 EDITION

Thursday, 14th January, 2021.

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Two dead after fire off Cowpen Road

Two women are dead and a man is in hospital after a fire at a residence off Cowpen Road early on Thursday morning.

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Bring home the bacon for Exuma's swimming pigs

Tour operators were yesterday urged to "show good faith and pay their way" by paying a newly-imposed fee that will help ensure the welfare of Exuma's famed swimming pigs.

Abaco nurses ‘sick out’ over clinic concern

MORE than a dozen trained nurses in Abaco engaged in a “sick out” yesterday due to “poor” working conditions and safety concerns at the Marsh Harbour Clinic.

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Wells: Only W.H.O.-approved tests allowed

HEALTH Minister Renward Wells says his ministry will not make a move on approving any form of additional COVID-19 testing unless first receiving the nod from the World Health Organisation to which it is aligned.

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Alarm as number of completed juvenile cases drops

ONLY five percent of juvenile cases were completed during the last legal year, alarming juvenile advocates.

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‘WE’RE GETTING THE JOB DONE’: Attorney General hails conviction rate of almost 90 percent

THE conviction rate for serious offences has increased to almost 90 percent despite the challenges brought on by the global pandemic, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.

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Clean-up after blaze

AN ABANDONED building that burst into flames, killing the man who slept inside has led to a community effort to clean up the area.

Jitney drivers 'hobbling' through COVID crisis

The jitney industry and its drivers are "hobbling" as COVID-19 restrictions, high unemployment and weak tourism activity combine to undermine passenger traffic, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

Straw vendors blast licensing obstacles

Straw vendors yesterday blamed delays in obtaining approvals from their immediate regulator for preventing them from applying for their annual business license.

Family Islands escape U.S. COVID rule 'crush'

Family Island tourism would have been "crushed" if the US had insisted on all its returning citizens taking only the PCR test to prove they are not COVID-19 carriers, resorts said yesterday.

EU to soon decide on Bahamas blacklisting

The European Union (EU) could decide whether to delist The Bahamas from its blacklist by month's end if meetings between the two sides prove fruitful, the attorney general said yesterday.

Data, innovation protection critical for digital economy

Enhanced data and intellectual property rights protection will be "critical" to expanding The Bahamas' digital economy, a senior Chamber of Commerce executive advocated yesterday.

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Chavez Young sidelined with injury in Australia Baseball League

AFTER several delays to the start of the Australian Baseball League, Chavez Young finally had an opportunity to make his debut, but following an injury in his first at bat, the switch hitting outfielder has been sidelined.

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Nesbitt and club in top spot on 13-game winning streak

DAVID Nesbitt and his Minas Belo Horizonte club heads into Brazil’s Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB) mid-season break with a 13-game winning streak and the top spot in the league’s standings.

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Willis Mackey Jr scores 20 points in 20 minutes

FOLLOWING a nearly three month hiatus, Willis Mackey Jr and his JSA Bordeaux Métropole Basket of France’s Nationale Masculine 1 (NM1) League returned to the court to continue their season.

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‘Buddy’ Hield cans 26 in loss to Trail Blazers

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Damian Lillard scored eight of his season-high 40 points in the final four minutes, and the Portland Trail Blazers tied a franchise record with 23 3-pointers to beat the Sacramento Kings 132-126 last night for their fourth straight victory.

Travel woe

I operate a travel agency in Columbus, Ohio, and have sent clients on a regular basis to Nassau for many years both to hotels and on cruises. The Bahamas was always a popular destination. Regularly I read your newspaper online to keep up to date on travel news.

Georgia win for Warnock

The ability of our kind for self deceit and hypocrisy never fails to astound me. I am referring to Kevin Evans’ letter in The Tribune of Wednesday, January 13.

Legal blunders

It’s unfortunate that we have the burden of an Attorney General and his staff both of whom appear to be clueless and possibly inept.

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Police want to reduce traffic deaths to zero

AFTER a string of fatalities towards the end of 2020, Grand Bahama police have rolled out a traffic safety initiative aiming to have zero traffic deaths this year.

Wednesday, January 13

EDITORIAL: No change for now, says Dr Minnis

FOR a national address, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis did not have a great deal to say last night.

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ALICIA WALLACE: It’s work and it doesn’t matter who is doing it

LAST week, I observed an online conversation about the suitability of migrant and Bahamian workers for domestic work. Someone was looking for a domestic worker and specifically noted they were not interested in a Bahamian employee and listed specific characteristics they did not want.

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San Salvador residents fear for future after Club Med closure

THE closure of Club Med with the loss of 190 jobs has left many residents of San Salvador uncertain of their financial future.

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Benefit verifications extended to July 1

THE National Insurance Board yesterday announced a grace period has been approved for long-term benefit verifications.

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Wells defends day five testing shortfall

HEALTH Minister Renward Wells yesterday defended the country’s travel protocols after concerns were raised over the number of travellers not complying with fifth day rapid antigen test travel requirement.

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Four men face court accused of murders

FOUR men were charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with murder in connection with three separate incidents that took place last year and earlier this month.

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Girl, age 7, in hospital after being hit by car

A SEVEN-year-old child was taken to hospital yesterday after being struck by a car at Robinson Road.

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Developer: Residency ease for 'American first'

A Bahamian developer poised to break ground on a $50m project yesterday urged the Government to resolve tax and permanent residency bottlenecks for the country to exploit an "American first".

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Digital to become 'dominant part' of RF group's plans

A Bahamian-headquartered investment bank's top executive yesterday predicted digital assets will eventually become "a dominant part of our business" as it unveiled its tie-up with a technology provider.

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No break down for PM's $1bn in investment

The Prime Minister last night said The Bahamas received "more than $1bn" in international investment projects in 2020 although no break down of these developments was provided.

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Oil opponents seize on BPC financial file

Oil exploration opponents yesterday seized on Bahamas Petroleum Company's (BPC) latest corporate filing to argue their assertion that it lacked sufficient funding for its first well had been proven correct.

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Wednesday, 13th January, 2021

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Two shot as they sat in parked car

A MAN and a woman are in hospital after a shooting in New Providence on Monday.

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Abduction suspect is given bail

A 24-year-old Freeport man accused of attempting to abduct two school girls last week in Grand Bahama was arraigned yesterday.

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‘How did Iraqi professor get senior U.B. role?’

MEMBERS of the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas are up in arms over the appointment of Iraqi-born Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy to the position of executive vice president of University of The Bahamas.

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U.S. trips will need negative COVID test

THE US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday it will require all air passengers entering the United States to have a negative COVID-19 test as cases surge in America and a more infectious coronavirus strain spreads around the world.

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WE DID OUR BEST - NOW TRUST US: Minnis defends handling of crisis as Dahl-Regis to advise on vaccinations

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis last night defended his government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis - and announced that Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis will chair a consultative committee to advise the Ministry of Health on a vaccination plan.

FIVE CES TECH SHOW TRENDS TO WATCH

CES, the annual gadget show that showcases the buzziest and brightest tech, looks different this year — less Vegas glitz, more internet efficiency. With no physical conference in Las Vegas due to the pandemic, 1,800 companies are instead taking to streaming video to show off new products and technology to 150,000 attendees across the globe.

Entry regulations

As part-time residents of Nassau we are hoping that your difficult entry rules will soon be changed. We have been attempting to come to our Bahamas property for months but there is so much red tape and difficult, expensive and time consuming measures to complete.

Georgia win for Warnock

As a black Bahamian male, I should be euphoric over the Rev Dr Raphael Warnock’s historic victory for the Senate seat in the State of Georgia, over the Republican incumbent billionaire Kelly Loeffler.

Campaign money bill

The noose tightens and the country is nearer to a dictatorship than we realise.

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Butters named Player of the Week

Grand Bahamian Shackeel Butters of Williams Baptist in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, has been named the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

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UB MINGOES ATHLETICS PICK UP 3 WINS TO OPEN SEASON

THE University of The Bahamas Athletics team picked up three wins to open the season at the T-Bird Flyers Track Classic at The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium over the weekend.

Canada trade visit to aid disaster resilience

A ten-member Canadian business delegation will arrive in The Bahamas this week on a two-day trade mission focused on storm reconstruction and building this nation's resilience to climate change.

Cable names new addition to Board

Cable Bahamas has named attorney Marylee L. Braynen-Symonette to its Board of Directors after a more than 20-year career in the Bahamian legal profession.

Yacht Charter Show postponed till 2022

Representatives from the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) and Ministry of Tourism will be present at the event to provide itineraries, and showcase different islands and marinas, amid a gathering of yachts that will be showcased to charter brokers.

Construction VAT-free for Dorian-hit islands

The Ministry of Finance last night affirmed that construction services in the two Dorian-devastated islands will be VAT-free through June 2021 provided they are fully paid for by end-September.

Taxi union chief laments 80% Christmas decline

The taxi union's president yesterday lamented an 80 percent decline in Christmas business for his members compared to prior years with the festive season a "far cry" from pre-COVID earnings.

Fisheries Act 'hijacked' by discrimination row

A Cabinet minister yesterday hinted at constitutional changes to achieve the Government's goal with the Fisheries Act, which he said is being “hijacked” by the dispute over whether it is discriminatory.

GM charges up new unit to sell electric delivery vans, gear

DETROIT (AP) — The market for battery-powered delivery vehicles and equipment has so much potential that General Motors is forming a new business unit to serve it, a move that lifted the automaker’s stock to a multiyear high.

French wine, vines are headed home after year in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that spent a year orbiting the world in the name of science.

FIVE CES TECH SHOW TRENDS TO WATCH

CES, the annual gadget show that showcases the buzziest and brightest tech, looks different this year — less Vegas glitz, more internet efficiency. With no physical conference in Las Vegas due to the pandemic, 1,800 companies are instead taking to streaming video to show off new products and technology to 150,000 attendees across the globe.

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Whacker thief gets community service

A TEENAGER who stole a weed whacker from a man was yesterday ordered to complete 50 hours of community service.

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Midnight prowler looking for money is given $750 fine

A 37-year-old who claimed he knocked on a woman’s house door and windows after midnight because he wanted money that she owed him was yesterday fined $750.

Tuesday, January 12

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Goal-setting and action plan development

If you have been following my column over the past three years you seen me talk about setting SMART goals. This is the model that I have been personally using for years and one that I encourage my clients to use. If you are new or want a reminder, SMART is an acronym for “Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound”. Here is a further breakdown:

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Tiana goes nuts for nuts and healthy living

There is no doubt Bahamians have been becoming increasingly health-conscious in recent years – exploring various fitness options and adopting new eating habits, including alternatives to unhealthy snack foods.

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Cryotherapy: A curative treatment option for prostate cancer

CRYOTHERAPY is also referred to as cryoablation or cryosurgery. It uses freezing gas to destroy prostate cancer cells, while leaving the prostate gland intact. The term cryotherapy is misleading as it is not a form of surgery. Cryotherapy was US Food and Drug Administration approved for prostate cancer treatment in the year 2000. It has been used in the past 20 years as an effective, minimally invasive management option for prostate cancer.

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PUTTING SELF-CARE INTO PRACTICE: Bahamians strive for emotional well-being in 2021

AFTER living through an unprecedented year full of turmoil and uncertainty, prioritising self-care should be at the top of everyone’s New Year’s resolutions list for 2021.

EDITORIAL: Missed tests show we are not prepared

WHEN Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar discussed in November the rollout of the rapid antigen testing on the fifth day for a visitor in The Bahamas, he advised that It was going to be “a little bumpy”.

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PETER YOUNG: Assange - hero or villain - still slips from US fingers

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is back in the news again. Not in the American media, which unsurprisingly remains obsessed with the current drama in Washington, but in the UK from where the US government is seeking his extradition to face charges over the publication of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011.

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FACE TO FACE: ‘What you do always speaks louder than what you say’

WHEN a man decides to pick up a pen and write about love, it can be epic. Often, women express themselves and share their emotions more freely. Society has taught males to suppress their feelings which can have negative effects on their lives. Both males and females should be taught to embrace their feelings and become more emotionally intelligent. So, when Adrianna Munnings told me about a man who was willing to bare his soul onto a page in a beautiful way, I wanted to meet him and to hear his story.

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Alumni give helping hand

THE Ministry of Education’s device drive received a generous donation from the 1977 Alumni of St Augustine’s College.

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Disney helps feed thousands across Bahamas

DISNEY Cruise Line joined local community leaders to help spread magic this holiday season by funding thousands of meals to families in South and Central Eleuthera, New Providence and Abaco.

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Union chief: 'Defer' pay rises for completed industrial deals

A top union leader has suggested that organised labour defer salary and other benefit increases in exchange for employers concluding long-outstanding industrial agreements until the economy revives.

Foreign fisherman bar in legal battle

Top fisheries wholesalers have teamed with boat owners and foreign workers in a bid to overturn recent legal reforms passed by Parliament that ban the latter from working in the sector,.

Harbour Island project confronts major opponents

A Harbour Island developer and its opponents confronted each other at a sometimes-tense planning meeting where it was revealed a project contractor was working 70 feet beyond the permitted area.

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Bay St. revival to be 'longer than thought'

The Downtown Nassau Partnership's (DNP) co-chair has predicted Bay Street's revival will take "longer than anticipated" given its near-total reliance on a cruise industry whose return is further delayed.

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2020 – A year in the markets

ActivTrades

2020 was year marked by the coronavirus pandemic and its sanitary and economic impact, forcing governments and financial authorities around the globe to intervene on an unprecedented scale.

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01122021 EDITION

Tuesday, 12th January, 2020.

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BPL given 'free hand' as Shell exclusivity ditched

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) has ditched Shell North America's exclusivity and has "a free hand" to negotiate the best electricity prices for New Providence with any supplier that can meet its terms.

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No early election, says FNM chairman

FREE National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will not call an early election unless his party is ready for one, telling The Tribune yesterday the FNM could be several months away from finalising its candidates.

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‘Quarantine for visitors may now be necessary’

IN view of the number of travellers not complying with the rapid antigen test requirements, a senior physician suggested the country should revisit “some measure of quarantine” until officials can put in place better strategies.

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WHY AREN’T THEY TESTING PEOPLE? Questions raised over why large numbers are not taking Day Five test

DOCTOR Michael Darville, the co-chair of the Progressive Liberal Party’s COVID-19 task force, says the revelation that 46 percent of travellers to The Bahamas have not taken the COVID-19 antigen test after five days in the country is alarming and should “greatly concern” Bahamians.

Online delivery firms: 'We are here to stay'

Online delivery service providers say their business model will endure and is part of "the new norm" with strong consumer demand for continuing past Christmas.

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Michael ‘Scooter’ Reid laid to rest

WHILE Bahamas Basketball Federation President Mario Bowleg called for the late Michael ‘Scooter’ Reid to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame, Apostle Dr Carlos Reid reiterated that the basketball courts at the Hope Center and the Peace on the Street Tournament will bear his brother’s name.

Zane Knowles, Dwight Coleby dominate

ZANE Knowles and Dwight Coleby delivered dominant performances for their respective teams as the Turkish Basketball First League concludes its regular season and teams jostle for playoff positioning.

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Kai Jones and No. 4 Texas get 72-70 win over West Virginia

KAI Jones and the Texas Longhorns scored another win over a ranked opponent to highlight activity from Bahamian players in NCAA Division I basketball over the weekend.

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Izaak Bastian and Seminoles continue undefeated season

IZAAK Bastian and the No.16 Florida State Seminoles swimming and diving programme were back in the pool for the first time since late November and continued their undefeated season.

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Cambridge sisters making presence felt on the track

They are basketball players for the CR Walker Knights senior girls’ basketball team, but sisters Keanna and Kaiya Cambridge are making their presence felt on the track as well for Power Athletics.

Trump defeat

The United States of America, the greatest democracy in the history of human civilization, currently had its democracy under siege by rabid Republican supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

Parliament ban on oil

Let us hear from our parliamentarians.

Club Med 'targets' December return

Club Med has reiterated that the "target date" for re-opening its San Salvador resort remains December 2021 in the wake of its move to terminate between 180-190 workers.

Central Bank investing $24m in 'cash centre'

The Central Bank is investing $24m in the construction of a new "cash and data centre" in south-west New Providence to complement its new headquarters building in downtown Nassau.

Residential customers keep LPG firms afloat

Residential sales kept the liquefied propane gas (LPG) industry afloat during tourism's COVID-19 shut down even though some retailers suffered a 60-70 percent Christmas decline year-on-year.

Vocational training neglect 'disadvantages' Bahamas

A former deputy prime minister says the decision to neglect vocational training has worked to The Bahamas' "disadvantage" when it comes to developing a productive workforce to underpin its economy.

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New role for Sir Ronald

Veteran Caribbean diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders has been named to a ten-person committee to conduct an inquiry into the future of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London.

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Crowd meets at RM Bailey Park

DOZENS of people gathered at R M Bailey Park on Majority Rule Day for what was billed as an “entertainment and education event” on the country’s natural resources, hosted by Bahamian Evolution. The group has organised several protests in recent months.

Teacher lets balloon business carry her through difficult times

THE last nine months have been taxing on all of us. And it’s been extremely important for us to find new ways to stay positive for our mental health.

Monday, January 11

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Man in hospital after shooting off Joe Farrington Road

A man is in hospital after a shooting off Joe Farrington Road on Saturday.

Friday, January 8

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Dismal start to the year for Port Lucaya Marketplace

The Straw Markets are closed and there are no visitors buying authentic souvenir straw crafts or browsing the stores and eating in the restaurants at Port Lucaya Marketplace - making it a dismal start to 2021.

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Bannister: BPL aiming for lowest prices possible

PUBLIC Works Minister Desmond Bannister said yesterday that Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) is going to do whatever is in the best interest of Bahamians to ensure electricity is at the lowest possible cost.

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PM optimistic on economic rebound

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has expressed optimism that the country’s economy will rebound as the new variant of the coronavirus grips other nations around the world.

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21,000 travellers haven't taken rapid antigen test after five days

FORTY-SIX percent of travellers required to take the rapid antigen test five days after arriving in The Bahamas have not complied with the requirement, health officials revealed during a press conference on Friday.

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COVID-19 vaccine available in Bahamas in first quarter of 2021

A COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the Bahamas in the first quarter of 2021, Chief Medical Officer Dr Pearl McMillan assured during a press conference on Friday.

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01082021 WEEKEND

Friday, 8th January, 2021.

EDITORIAL: Are single-sex classes a step forward - or back?

AS the FNM campaigned for election in 2017, then candidate Jeff Lloyd made a pledge. He said if the party was elected, it planned to “immediately” implement a pilot programme to try out single-sex classes.

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Remembering Butch: The man who shared his heart and love to create a million memories

This week we lost a giant in the Caribbean tourism industry - Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, who brought vision and excitement, romance and luxury to the world of all-inclusive resorts.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Good idea or bad - it’s time for resolutions

IT’S a New Year once again, that time of year when we all make a myriad of bad self improvement promises to ourselves called ‘New Year’s Resolutions.’

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Nurse chief: Why have we still not been paid?

THE president of Bahamas Nurses Union is disappointed her members have still not been paid money owed to them.

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Minister hails drones as crime-fighting tool

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames attended drone testing at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Coral Harbour Base yesterday, which will be rolled out in law enforcement agencies soon.

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PLP: Govt must act now before it is too late

THE Progressive Liberal Party is calling for the government to be more proactive in its COVID-19 response, saying a feasible action plan is needed to safeguard the country against a new, more contagious COVID-19 strain that’s already spreading worldwide.

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San Salvador residents call for more curbs as cases rise

SOME San Salvador residents are calling for more restrictive measures to curb COVID-19 spread on the small island after four additional cases were recorded there on Wednesday, pushing the island’s total to six.

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PLP ‘will have full slate’ if early election is called

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell said yesterday Bahamians can look forward to soon seeing a “full slate” of PLP candidates as the party expects Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will call an early election.

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Heavy metals found in high levels in sharks

ALARMINGLY high levels of 12 heavy metals, including mercury, have been found in the muscle tissues of large reef and tiger sharks in The Bahamas.

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01082021 EDITION

Friday, 8th January, 2021.

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Oil exploration 'not in country's interest'

A University of The Bahamas (UB) professor yesterday said that exploratory oil drilling is “absolutely against our best interest” as a country due to the nation's climate change vulnerabilities.

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Realtor fears for Bahamas over Democrat wins

A prominent realtor yesterday warned that Democratic control of both houses in the US Congress could hit The Bahamas' post-COVID recovery if the party moves to push through steep tax hikes.

Gambler winnings tax pushed to January 16

Implementation of the tax on web shop patrons' winnings has been pushed back two weeks to January 16 to allow the Government to provide all those impacted with sufficient notice.

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San Sal's 'lifeblood' terminates 190 staff

Fears were mounting yesterday that San Salvador will suffer a population drain as the island's Club Med "lifeblood" terminated its 190 staff amid warnings the resort may not re-open until 2022.

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Port slashes visitor projections by 1.1m

Nassau Cruise Port yesterday said it has slashed its 2021 arrival estimates by more than one million passengers, or 42.3 percent, due to Carnival and its affiliates delaying their return beyond end-March.

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Girls escape school gate ‘snatching’

GRAND Bahama Police arrested a man yesterday in connection with two alleged attempted child abductions at separate government primary schools in Freeport.

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Doctors call for vaccine timetable

CONSULTANT physicians are hoping officials will soon release a timeline regarding when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available for administration in the country.

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NO QUICK FIX TO END THE KILLING: Dames concedes efforts to rein back gun violence will need time to succeed

WITH six people already dead just days into the new year, National Security Minister Marvin Dames conceded there will be “occasions like this when you have a spike” in killings.

Pilot launched for single-sex classes

THE government has launched a small-scale pilot programme involving single-sex classes following a promise made by the Free National Movement in its last manifesto.

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Man punched victim who said he was gay

A MARRIED father-of-three who beat up another man who told people he was a homosexual was put on six months probation yesterday.

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Slapped for refusing to share a joint

A TEENAGER who slapped a family friend in the face when she refused to share her joint with him was put on probation yesterday for three months.

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A special gift for the first babies of the season

The first mothers to have their babies in Princess Margaret Hospital on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day have received gifts to help as they welcome their newborns.

Looking ahead for 2021

We made it into 2021. Thanks be unto The Lord Jesus Christ. 2020 is now behind us and as we probe this New Year, there is much to be thankful for despite the ongoing ravages of the pandemic and the anemic economy. We Bahamians often play the fool but we are a resilient and determined breed of people.

Pump and dump

To all the folks across the world on this mailing list I wish you a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy, safe, and prosperous New Year.

Stop the guns

How to get guns out of the hands of Bahamians and deter them from ending every argument with brutal force - often lethal?

Zimbabwe horror

Zimbabwe horror it is heartbreaking. Patients in Zimbabwe are sleeping rough on the floor in major hospitals. Zimbabwe’s health system is at risk of being overwhelmed as a renewed surge in coronavirus infections has caused a shortage of beds and equipment at hospitals.

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Coach Greene says he was ‘diagnosed with COVID-19’

Their season won’t start until next weekend but, by then, head coach Rolando ‘Lonnie’ Greene expects to be out of his coronavirus pandemic quarantine and back on the sidelines with his University of Kentucky Wildcats track and field team.

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Jonquel Jones posts double double in win

Jonquel Jones posts double double in win

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NCAA Basketball: Bahamians affected by cancellations, postponements

THE NCAA college basketball season continues to be in flux due to consistent cancellations and several Bahamian players continue to see their programmes affected.

Thursday, January 7

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PLP Chairman calls for government to condemn violence in U.S.

A DAY after the dust settled on Capitol Hill, Progressive Liberal Party chairman Senator Fred Mitchell called on the Bahamian government to condemn the violence in the United States by Trump supporters.

EDITORIAL: A shameful day for the US

AS you drive down Shirley Street, a large screen blocks off the view of construction of the new US Embassy. A new era for the embassy – one which we’re sure those behind its construction will hope will be a bright one.

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FRONT PORCH: Standing on the shoulders of a nation builder

SIR William Allen was a man of dedicated public service who enjoyed and cultivated the life of the mind. During an exemplary public career he employed his prodigious intellect, reflective nature and good judgement in the service of a sovereign Bahamas.

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STATESIDE: Finding their voices now the final dominoes fall in Trump’s dreamland

DAWN broke cold, grey and wintry over much of the American Northeast yesterday.

Some parents welcome return to classrooms

SOME parents were elation yesterday on learning that several schools had resumed face-to-face learning this week, allowing their children back into the classroom after months at home.

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Drivers still speeding despite recent accidents

DESPITE Grand Bahama’s fatal traffic accidents in recent weeks, many motorists are still ignoring the speed limits on the island’s major thoroughfares.

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Christian Council leader wants death penalty methods considered

BAHAMAS Christian Council president Bishop Delton Fernander has suggested the country may need to consider other methods of capital punishment in the face of a spate of murders, telling The Tribune a “strong deterrent” is needed for criminals wreaking havoc on society.

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'Don't presume we'll sacrifice tourism for oil'

Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) was yesterday warned "not to presume that Bahamians will collapse and sacrifice the world's most successful per capita tourism industry" even if oil is discovered.

Retailer: US dollar payments dry up

A Bahamian retailer yesterday said US dollar notes have "pretty much disappeared" from circulation as he warned that the sector faced "a new reality" until the COVID-19 vaccine takes global effect.

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Declining exam results labelled 'unsustainable' for GDP growth

A governance reformer yesterday warned the Ministry of Education not to lose sight of the fact this year's BGCSE exam results "create an unsustainable scenario" that will undermine GDP growth.

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BPC 'halt' rejected over losses pledge absence

The Supreme Court refused to "stay" Bahamas Petroleum Company's (BPC) exploratory oil drilling because its opponents failed to give "a cross-undertaking" to cover potential losses from such delay.

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01072021 EDITION

Thursday, 7th January, 2021.

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Doctor warns of possible need to tighten travel

A SENIOR physician has said the government might have to toughen COVID-19 travel restrictions if The Bahamas sees a surge of infections as a result of the recent holiday celebrations coupled with a new COVID-19 strain already spreading in some parts of the world.

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December arrivals down 95% on 2019

The Bahamas saw total visitor arrivals for December 2020 slump by 95 percent year-over-year despite the re-opening of its two mega resort destinations and other major hotels.

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50,000 travel visas show scale of tourism drop

ABOUT 50,000 people bought travel health visas to enter The Bahamas in December, suggesting arrivals declined by more than 90 percent compared with December 2019 despite relaxed entry requirements.

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‘Sir William Allen helped make our nation better’

FORMER Finance Minister Sir William “Bill” Allen died at home yesterday after a long illness. He was 83.

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Nygard probe ‘Will follow the rules’

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said he is not concerned that the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Peter Nygard will be compromised by the fact that officers are named in a lawsuit that accuses the wealthy Canadian of raping dozens of women.

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Police crackdown in Grand Bahama

A POLICE operation targeting illegal drugs, firearms and ammunition was launched in Grand Bahama on Tuesday.

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Union chief: Tell the truth about learning platform

AFTER a third day of issues with the Ministry of Education’s Virtual Learning Platform, Bahamas Union of Teachers president is calling on officials to “tell the truth” about the myriad problems plaguing the system.

'Stop beating same horse' over taxation

Corporate Bahamas yesterday warned the Government it cannot "keep beating the same horse to get taxes" as it rejected any increase in National Insurance Board (NIB) rates in the near-term.

Tour operators: Xmas volumes down to 20%

Tour operators yesterday revealed Christmas and New Year’s business volumes slumped to just 10-20 percent of pre-COVID levels, adding that this was simply insufficient to sustain a viable enterprise.

Bahamas institution nominated for award

A Bahamian financial institution and its affiliates have been shortlisted for Trust Company of the Year honours by a major international financial services awards ceremony.

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ART OF GRAPHIX: Getting better returns from video marketing

In the past, research showed the average person spent 84 minutes or more per day watching online videos, and this is only expected to increase in 2021. Facebook Live videos have become incredibly popular, especially gardening and cooking videos, with 88 percent of marketers reporting they offered a positive return on investment. Many businesses were using video as a marketing tool in 2020, and 92 percent of those marketers credited this medium as an important part of their marketing strategy.

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Suspect faces court over New Year’s Eve killing

A 23-YEAR-OLD man was charged yesterday with murder in connection with a shooting that claimed the life of a teenager on New Year’s Eve.

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PROBATION FOR ATTACK ON EX-GIRLFRIEND

A 26-YEAR-OLD man who assaulted his ex-girl-friend and damaged her family’s property after losing his temper in a jeal-ous rage was yesterday put on probation for a year.

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Rastafarian to appeal over marijuana charge

A RASTAFARIAN man is set to appeal a drug charge he received after police found him with $150 worth of marijuana over the Christmas holiday.

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‘Buddy’ ices Bulls with and-1 three

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield converted a four-point play with 38 seconds left to make up for a horrible shooting night, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Chicago Bulls 128-124 on Wednesday.

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Fredrick King Jr making history

Fredrick King Jr will make Bahamian basketball history as the country’s first student athlete to enrol in one of the National Basketball Association’s global academies.

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Strachan invited to NFL player association collegiate bowl

MIKE Strachan’s recruitment profile is set to receive a boost with his invitation to the 2021 National Football League Player Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl.

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No child to be vaccinated without parents’ consent

THE Ministry of Health has clarified that no one under the age of 18 years of age will be administered a COVID-19 vaccine until the World Health Organisation and scientific evidence say it is safe to do so and with the consent of parents.

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Ayton putting greater emphasis on defence

DEANDRE Ayton has placed a greater emphasis on the defensive end of the floor as a part of the Phoenix Suns’ transition to their new look roster.

Stars shine at Social Services

Minister Frankie Campbell, 2020 has been a truly rough and trying year, the world over; and our beautiful country and beloved, Bahamaland has been left feeling the weight of the crunch as well.

Sentences for guns

There have now been six murders in the first six days of 2021. All of these murders have involved illegal handguns. Yet little outrage was expressed in the media or elsewhere when a magistrate last week sentenced a man to a mere 13 years imprisonment for the possession of an illegal firearm, even though he offered the damning explanation that he had the gun for the purpose of selling it!

Wednesday, January 6

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Bahamian embassy, consulate staff in Washington, DC are safe

BAHAMAS Ambassador to the United States Sidney Collie told The Tribune Wednesday night of his shock at the storming of the US Capitol building by pro-Trump rioters.

EDITORIAL: Time to refill the NIB pot

THERE is a saying in the US that social security is the third rail of politics – the third rail being the one that carries the electric charge and if you touch it, you’ll get zapped.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol in bid to overturn election

WASHINGTON (AP) — A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.

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ALICIA WALLACE: The system doesn’t work and we shouldn’t just measure our children against it

THERE is a story about a family with generations of people baking turkeys in the same way. They always cut the legs off before putting it in the pan to bake. When being taught to a cook turkeys, the youngest generation asked why it is done that way. The parents said they did it that way because their parents did it that way. Unwilling to leave it at that, the youngest generation asked the grandparents why the legs are always cut off. The grandparents said they only did it that way because the pan wasn’t big enough for the whole turkey to fit.

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Baha Mar numbers ‘on track’

BAHA MAR is on track with its occupancy forecast having scaled its operations and staffing level according to a “predicted slow start” to 2021, according to the resort’s president.

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‘Why is COVID treatment proposal being ignored?’

LOCAL physicians are disappointed with the Public Hospitals Authority for allegedly ignoring a COVID-19 treatment proposal they sent months ago that they say would convert the infection from being a potentially debilitating and deadly disease, to a mild illness of short duration.

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Ministry: No one under 18 will be administered COVID-19 vaccine

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday said it wished to clarify that no one under the age of 18 years of age, including children in The Bahamas, will be administered the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Pioneer in paradise

TRIBUTES poured in yesterday after Sandals Resorts founder and owner Gordon “Butch” Stewart died in the United States at age 79.

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Bahamas to know if 'oil rich' within 6 weeks, says BPC

Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) yesterday hailed a Supreme Court verdict that likely removes all obstacles to completion of its first exploratory oil well within the scheduled 45-60 day timeframe.

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NIB rate hikes: 'Can't get water from stone'

Businesses yesterday said talk of National Insurance Board (NIB) rate hikes is "a sign of what's to come", as they warned the Government: "You cannot get water out of a stone."

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Town Planning urged: 'Grab oil exploration by the horns'

A prominent QC yesterday urged the Town Planning Committee "to grab oil drilling by the horns" after it became embroiled in the escalating legal battle over exploration in Bahamian waters.

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NIB rate hikes 'always in play'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the Government was mulling whether to implement National Insurance Board (NIB) rate increases that have long been put off.

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01062021 EDITION

Wednesday, 6th January, 2021.

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Wrong e-mail caused blacklisting by France

The Bahamas was blacklisted by France because of an incorrect e-mail address, the attorney general has revealed to Tribune Business.

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Carry on drilling - for now

A SUPREME Court judge yesterday granted environmentalists leave to begin judicial review proceedings over Bahamas Petroleum Company’s exploratory oil drilling.

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‘D minus’ for defence of exam grades

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson has accused Ministry of Education officials of trying to twist the narrative about the “poor” BJC and BGCSE examination results.

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Can we bite NIB bullet? ‘Bold decision’ needed - raise contributions to sustain cash assistance

NATIONAL Insurance Minister Brensil Rolle yesterday admitted that no government has been “bold enough” to take on recommendations that National Insurance Board contributions must increase to sustain the financial viability of the social security net.

Minister 'impressed' over tourism COVID protocols

A Cabinet minister yesterday said he was "incredibly impressed" with how well The Bahamas' COVID-19 tourism entry protocols worked over the Christmas period despite ongoing complaints.

DECISION SOON ON NEW NIB DIRECTOR

A DECISION will be made “shortly” on who will succeed National Insurance Board Director Nicola Virgill-Rolle when she vacates the post, according to NIB Minister Brensil Rolle.

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‘Slow ramp up’ of tourism planned

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday officials expect there will be a “slow ramp up” of tourist arrivals beginning next month heading into the spring season.

Judge: Oil opponents make 'arguable case'

A Supreme Court judge yesterday gave the go-ahead for a legal challenge aiming to halt oil drilling in Bahamian waters after finding activists had made out an "arguable case".

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More than 70 Haitian migrants repatriated

MORE than 70 Haitian migrants were repatriated on Monday.

Tourism loses 'giant of a man'

Bahamian hotel executives yesterday said the tourism industry has "lost a giant of a man" after Sandals founder, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, died in hospital aged 79.

T-Bird Flyers’ annual track classic Saturday

THE T-Bird Flyers are expected to be the first out of the gate for 2021 when they host their Annual Track Classic at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium on Saturday.

2021 hope

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Police in need of training

Based on their often observable actions, I always thought that many members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force lacked basic training in how to properly interact with members of the public. What I did not know was that some senior members of the force are downright stupid until I observed it with my very own eyes.

Minister says no mass utilities disconnection

The deputy prime minister yesterday said no mass disconnections of delinquent Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) and Water & Sewerage Corporation customers are being planned in the near future.

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Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation looks forward to competitive season

COMING off their appearance at the 47th Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships in the Dominican Republic last month, president Joel Stubbs said the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation is looking forward to a competitive season this year.

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Leap of Faith Jumpers show off official team uniforms

EVER since James Rolle formed the Leap of Faith Jumpers track club for jumpers in 2010, he did so without the support of a legitimate sponsor until businessman Bommer George added them to his brand of sporting organisers.

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‘Buddy’ Hield scores 10 in blowout loss to warriors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — (AP) — Chavano “Buddy” Hield scored 10 points for the Sacramento Kings in a 137-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors Monday night.

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Davis: GSSSA putting ‘safety first’

With the emphasis on the return of face-to-face instruction in schools, Government Secondary Schools Sports Association president Varel Davis said they will put safety first as they follow all protocols with regards to after-school sporting activities.

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Probation order for cutlass attack

A 29-year-old man who swung a cutlass at another man during an argument was put on probation yesterday for one year.

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$8,000 the price of marijuana brownies

A COOK, caught with marijuana brownies that the prosecution said he intended to sell, was fined $8,000 yesterday.

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Acquitted after false report

A MAGISTRATE yesterday acquitted a man who was accused of assaulting a woman last month after it was revealed she gave false information to police.

Tuesday, January 5

EDITORIAL: It’s not about the exam being held - it’s about the results

THE Ministry of Education seems to want a participation prize.

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PETER YOUNG: It’s vital we get our vaccine programme right and learn how others have fared

IN a free society it is axiomatic that authority should be held to account. Criticism of mistakes and failures should be encouraged, if only to prevent them in the future. So, on the thesis that it is the role of the Fourth Estate to scrutinise official policies and actions and to ask the tough questions, I return this week to the vexed issue of the coronavirus vaccine.

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FACE TO FACE: Honouring three souls in the Rastafari community

THE Rastafari community has been rocked by a series of recent deaths. These individuals were well-known in their respective rights not only as Rastas, but as people with great hearts and a love for their fellow man. They were bright lights and their transitioning from this Earthly plane has shocked all who loved them, and has resulted in a great deal of introspection and re-evaluation for the Rasta community.

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Man accused of killing mother of seven

A 27-year-old man was yesterday charged with the death of a single mother-of-seven who was killed during an alleged domestic dispute in Abaco on Boxing Day.

Social promotion ‘would be tricky to eliminate’

IN response to the head of the Bahamas Union of Teachers calling for an end to “social promotion” in schools, a local education official suggested the “long-standing” process would be tricky to eliminate.

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Four deaths in Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama has recorded four more COVID-19-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

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14 new cases in past two days

FOUR new cases of coronavirus were recorded yesterday - with another ten on Sunday, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

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Long queues for pension registration

PENSIONERS crowded outside the National Insurance Board’s headquarters yesterday for pension verification before the January 15 deadline to avoid interruption in benefit payments.

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Payments being made after delay in unemployment

AFTER a delay in the disbursement of unemployment benefits from the National Insurance Board, Minister for National Insurance Brensil Rolle confirmed to The Tribune that funds are now available and payments are being made.

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Union: Atlantis 'threw deal out the window'

The Government was yesterday urged to extend the COVID-19 temporary worker furlough beyond end-February as the hotel union accused Atlantis of "throwing our industrial agreement out the window".

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PM pushes overhaul over land ownership

The Prime Minister wants to create a land registration system in The Bahamas in a bid to eliminate the abuses and "injustice" suffered by thousands of Bahamians under the present opaque order.

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Disclosure 'deluge': Over 17,500 meet substance demand

Corporate Bahamas faces a "deluge" of disclosure demands, an accountant is warning, with thousands of companies yet to meet "substance reporting" demands imposed by the Government.

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01052021 NEWS AND BUSINESS

Tuesday, 5th January, 2021.

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Environmentalists granted leave for oil drilling judicial review

A JUDGE has granted environmentalists leave to conduct a judicial review concerning Bahamas Petroleum Company's exploratory drilling on Tuesday morning.

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Desperate turning to ‘sex survival’

A SPOKESPERSON for the LGBT+ community says due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many in this grouping have fallen on hard times sparking a proliferation in sex work.

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Stimulus setback: Capital works 'on hold' over $200m cutbacks

Capital projects designed to stimulate the COVID-ravaged Bahamian economy have been placed "on hold" due to the Government's $200m spending cutbacks, the deputy prime minister said yesterday.

Five-month loan wait dampening realtor's outlook

A Bahamian realtor yesterday voiced concern that renewed market "optimism" could founder over tightened bank lending policies that are taking up to five months to issue mortgage approvals.

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‘Atlantis failed to follow the rules’

THE union representing hotel workers has claimed Atlantis management did not follow provisions set out in an industrial agreement regarding how employees are to be furloughed.

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‘RESULTS AREN’T ALL THAT MATTER’: Officials insist exams were success despite criticism over grades

EDUCATION Minister Jeffrey Lloyd yesterday staunchly defended the results of the 2020 national examinations, insisting the tests were a “success and remarkable accomplishment” despite the challenges of COVID-19.

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Man dies after shooting in Montell Heights

ANOTHER man is dead after a shooting in Montell Heights last night, making him the sixth person killed in five days.

Central Bank governor granted second term

The Government has renewed John Rolle's appointment as Central Bank of The Bahamas governor for a second five-year term that began on New Year's Day.

Chamber chair: 'Challenges' remain on substance reports

The Chamber of Commerce's chairman yesterday welcomed the one-month "substance reporting" deadline extension provided to corporate Bahamas but argued that technical challenges remain.

Retailers describe Xmas as 'terrible'

Several retailers yesterday described Christmas sales as “terrible” following a COVID-19 plagued nine months when they earned little to no revenue to cover their fixed costs.

New Year's occupancies at 90-100% in Out Islands

Boating traffic drove New Year's occupancies at Family Island resorts as high as 90-100 percent, hotel managers said yesterday, but New Providence properties did not fare as well.

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In court over $5 of hemp

AN ABACO man who was found with a marijuana joint during the Christmas holidays has been placed on probation for three months.

Tourism Ministry deserves the blame

Recently, your Tourism Minister declared that he is “not happy with the tourism arrival numbers” and that “we are a glimmer of our former self”. Yet he and his Tourism staff refuse to accept any blame for the dire situation now facing the most important economic business of The Bahamas.

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Coleby and Happinets extend winning streak to five games

KADEEM Coleby and the Akita Northern Happinets extended their winning streak to five games and have won 10 of their 12 games in the month of December to re-enter the playoff picture.

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Higgs and club keep playoff hopes alive

Harbour Island native Lashann Higgs and her Club Baloncesto Bembibre kept their hopes alive for a playoff spot in the Spanish Women’s Professional Basketball League with a 66-63 victory over the Casedemont Zaragoza.

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Jasrado Chisholm The Tribune’s Senior Male Athlete of the Year

JASRADO “Jazz” Chisholm’s series of career milestones in 2020 was highlighted by becoming just the seventh Bahamian to play Major League Baseball. The historic feat earned him The Tribune’s Senior Male Athlete of the Year.

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Jailed for four years over unlicenced gun

A 23-year-old man, found with an unlicenced gun and over 50 rounds of illegal ammunition, was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday.

Improve the Civil Service

The more things change, the more, unfortunately, they remain the same!

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Probation for punching girlfriend in mouth

A MAN who punched his girlfriend after he thought he saw her flirting with a lesbian in a local bar was yesterday placed on probation for a year.

Central Bank governor granted second term

The Government has renewed John Rolle's appointment as Central Bank of The Bahamas governor for a second five-year term that began on New Year's Day.

Monday, January 4

EDITORIAL: Dr Dahl-Regis deserves her honour

IN Thursday’s Tribune, our columnist, Front Porch Simon paid tribute to the “expert, clear and steady leadership” provided by Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis as he hailed her as his person of the year.

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INSIGHT: Bring on the vaccines as it’s our only realistic route back to a life of normalcy

IF I had only a dime for how many times I’ve heard 2020 called “the worst year ever” or “a year to forget”. Indeed, 2020 inflicted what seemed to be an unending loop of trauma on people all over the world. It wasn’t until the end of the year that we were all ready to remove our hands from our eyes to see the possibility of change in the near future as a result of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

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INSIGHT: A season of goodwill - you can’t be serious

THE people of Long Island awoke on Christmas Day with a present from Haiti!

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Schools open? Why not tell the teaching union?

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson has accused education officials of not communicating about today’s reopening of schools.

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First cases in San Salvador

SAN Salvador residents are on alert after the tiny island recorded its first two cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

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‘Highly likely’ new strain will reach The Bahamas

A local infectious disease expert believes it is “highly likely” the new variant of COVID-19 already detected in some 33 countries will reach Bahamian shores.

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‘Brother’s death leaves us heartbroken’

THE sister of the teacher who was found dead in a classroom of a local government school on New Year’s Day said the news of his death has left their family shocked and heartbroken.

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Gov't pays 'millions' to solve land scam

The Government has paid "several million dollars" to a private developer to "bring order out of chaos" and secure the homes of several hundred families who were swindled in a massive land scam.

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Atlantis returns some staff to furlough status

Atlantis last night confirmed it has had to place multiple workers back on temporary furlough with effect from today due to "unfavourable occupancy forecasts" for January 2021.

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Gov'ts reversal over 'substance' file compliance

The Government made an abrupt about-turn within 48 hours in extending the deadline for corporate Bahamas to comply with "substance reporting" demands by one month to end-January 2021.

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01042021 EDITION

Monday, 4th January, 2021.

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'Blind' attorney fails to overturn sanctions

A Bahamian attorney has failed in his bid to overturn Supreme Court-imposed sanctions relating to his management of a $30m estate despite arguing he is "legally blind".

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Will a phoenix rise from the flames of 2020?

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AFTER a black swan event dominated this year, could 2021 see the phoenix rise out of the flames?

Chamber chiefs 'hopeful' COVID's worst now over

Family Island Chamber of Commerce presidents are viewing The Bahamas' 2021 economic prospects with cautious optimism amid hopes the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may be over.

'ShopLocal' efforts beat expectations

Retailers who participated in the initiative to encourage Bahamians to shop at home over Christmas say the returns exceeded expectations, ShopLocal's director told Tribune Business.

Proper risk assessments vital to 2021 performance

There is little doubt that 2020 drove individuals and businesses of all sizes to financial, human, technical and strategic limits. Corporate leaders were stretched to either "pivot or perish”. In 2020, company strategies were tested, frameworks were challenged and, in many cases, resources strained and depleted. These changes must be considered as supervised financial institutions (SFIs) prepare to complete annual risk assessments as prescribed by their regulators.

BISX adds new listing to mutual fund roster

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) has added another listing to its investment funds roster.

Sand Dollar firms expanding to nine

The Central Bank says a total of nine firms will likely be approved to start distributing Bahamian digital dollars, thereby significantly increasing their availability to the public, by early 2021.

Restaurants: Closure reasons must be valid

Eleuthera and Exuma-based restaurants say the Government must show valid reasons for closing them down after it gave permission for Fish Fry-based eateries to open in time for New Year's Eve.

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Three men dead in separate shootings

Police are investigating the deaths of three men in separate shooting incidents on Sunday and Monday.

20 feared lost after search is abandoned

THE US Coast Guard has suspended its search for a boat that left The Bahamas last week with 20 people on board, but failed to arrive at its planned destination in South Florida a day later.

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UPDATED: Woman shot dead in Abaco, her younger brother injured

AN 18-year-old woman was shot and killed at her home in Abaco on Sunday afternoon in an incident that also left her younger brother in hospital.

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THANKS, DOC! Queen’s top honour for doctor leading our fight to combat COVID crisis

MORE than two dozen Bahamians have been recognised in Queen Elizabeth’s 2021 New Year’s Honours list for their outstanding service to the country, with health consultant Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis leading the list.

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Ayton scores 24 in loss to Clippers

PHOENIX (AP) — Paul George scored 39 points and the Los Angeles Clippers held on to beat the Phoenix Suns 112-107 last night after nearly blowing a 31-point lead in a matchup of two of the Western Conference’s top early season teams.

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Kai Jones and no.8 Texas top no.3 KU 84-59

NCAA Division I basketball opened conference play for most programmes and several Bahamian student athletes were back on the court with standout performances, highlighted by Kai Jones and an historic win for his Texas Longhorns.

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Coach Watson calling on young men to stop the violence against one other

VETERAN basketball coach Wayde Watson, who has served as a mentor and community builder, is calling on the young men to cease the violence against each other after watching a series of attacks over the past several months, especially in Bain and Grants Town.

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Miller-Uibo is The Tribune’s Senior Female Athlete of Year

WHILE there was virtually no competition for our senior female athletes on the local scene, there were a series of events that took place on the international scene despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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TWO HELD OVER GUN FIND

TWO men were arrested for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition following a search by police of a residence in the Eight Mile Rock area. TWO HELD OVER GUN FIND

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Sporting bodies look for some sense of normalcy in new year

THE year 2020 was an unpredictable year both locally and internationally with sports being halted since March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Local sporting bodies are now eager to resume competition at the turn of 2021.

Drilling our own destruction

There are three key points that need to be understood which negate any support for oil drilling in Bahamian waters:

A legend we have lost

Our life journeys are seasoned with “Legends”. Yes, those special individuals who leave behind unforgettable impressions and meaningfully impact the lives of others.

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Coach speaks out over new year killings

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding two shootings that claimed the lives of two men in separate incidents on New Year’s Eve.

Saturday, January 2

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Search for Mako vessel suspended

Saturday UPDATE: The US Coast Guard suspended its search for the Mako vessel on New Year's Day. The Coast Guard said that, along with partner agencies, it searched approximately 17,000 square miles, roughly double the size of Massachusetts, for about 84 hours.

Friday, January 1

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Two men shot dead on New Year's Eve

Police are investigating after two men were shot dead on Thursday night.

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Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis awarded CMG in Queen's New Year's Honours

DR MERCELINE DAHL-REGIS is among 24 Bahamians named in the Queen’s 2020 New Year’s Honours.

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Stapledon School employee found dead in classroom

Police are investigating after a Stapledon School employee was found dead in one of the classrooms on Friday.