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Friday, March 31

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PM highlights importance of Bahamas National Youth Guard programme

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis touted the Bahamas National Youth Guard programme “as one of the most important initiatives on their roster of goals for this administrative term.”

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Student Layla Leathan is new Junior Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama

STUDENT Layla Leathan is the new Junior Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama and will compete in the Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition in Nassau.

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'Protecting women from gender-based violence not the same as ending it'

ACTIVIST Alicia Wallace said on Friday that protecting women from gender-based violence is not the same as ending it. She said more early educational intervention efforts are needed for the violence to be stopped.

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Two-and-a-half year sentence for stealing

A MAN was sentenced to 2½ years in prison on Friday after admitting to stealing over $2,000 worth of property from a restaurant on Market Street, twice in the same month.

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Man faces attempted murder charge

A MAN was sent to prison in connection with a failed murder bid on Farrington Road last month.

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Man charged with rape

A 19-year-old man was sent to prison on Friday after being accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Exuma after he had offered her a ride home from a club.

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03312023 WEEKEND

Friday, 31st March, 2023.

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03312023 EDITION

Friday, 31st March, 2023.

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Clubs and Societies – March 31th, 2023

Governor General Sir Cornelius A. Smith received the District Administrator for K-Kids Bahamas Kiwanis along with students in the programme who participated and won in their ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Independence. One Nation, Our Legacy, Our Future’ essay competition in a courtesy call at the Office of the Governor General on Wednesday.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: A possible solution for Bahamians to benefit in the hospitality industry

Created just 15 years ago by two friends who rented out an air mattress on their floor when a major event sucked up all the hotel rooms in San Francisco, Airbnb has turned the short-term vacation industry on its head.

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ONE ELEUTHERA FOUNDATION: Adapting to create systems of change to facilitate national development

LAST month, I received an invitation to attend a Philanthropy Retreat in St Croix of the US Virgin Islands hosted by Deanna James, president of the St Croix Foundation for Community Development, and her team.

Grieving mother still has no answers on the burns found on her son’s body

A grieving mother said she still has not received an explanation for the apparent burns on her child’s remains in the morgue.

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Govt has spent $6.8m on hosting CARFITA Games

THE Bahamas has spent $6.8m to host the upcoming CARIFTA games, which will feature 600 athletes from 28 countries starting April 7.

NFA: Tighter laws lead to responsible gun ownership

THE National Firearms Association Bahamas supports tighter regulations for licensed firearm ownership.

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Government action on shanty towns will be determined by court ruling

AS Haitian pastors push the government to delay its shanty town demolition plans, press secretary Clint Watson says the Supreme Court will determine the pace of the government’s actions.

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Bahamas hosts first all-woman world boxing fight tonight

Women’s History Month ends with a new historic moment tonight - as First Class Promotions hosts the region’s first World Boxing Association (WBA) all-female world title fight.

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Pintard: Govt must ration funds better to meet community needs

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard said the fire in Bimini over the weekend, which exposed dysfunctional firefighting equipment on the island, shows the government must ration its budget better to meet community needs.

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Sir Franklyn ‘less sure’ over size of gas margin increase

FOCOL’s chairman yesterday revealed he is now “less sure” that the magnitude of the margin increase sought by Bahamian petroleum retailers can be justified and urged them to supply evidence to prove their case.

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FTX’s Bahamas liquidators slam ‘inflammatory’ claims

FTX’s Bahamian liquidators yesterday slammed their US counterparts for “bizarre” and “inflammatory” claims while they themselves were accused of seeking to “torpedo” the Chapter 11 proceedings for the failed crypto exchange.

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Water Corp cuts debt to main supplier by $5.2m

The Water & Sewerage Corporation’s debt to its main BISX-listed supplier was slashed by 24 percent during 2022 to $16.3m at year-end, although close to two-thirds of that sum remained delinquent.

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Fuel margin solutions still being discussed

PRESS secretary Clint Watson said petroleum wholesalers met government officials on Wednesday as the Davis administration grapples with addressing retailers’ concerns.

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Deltec agrees $50m FTX loan resolution

The role played by FTX’s former Bahamian chief in arranging a $50m loan to Deltec Bank & Trust’s parent company yesterday came under scrutiny through fresh legal filings.

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Briland delinquency targeted in tax raids

The Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday warned tax deadbeats “there’s consequences for non-compliance” after several Briland businesses this week saw their assets seized over alleged unpaid debts to the Public Treasury.

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Man murdered while riding motorcycle

A man in his mid-20s was shot dead while riding on a motorcycle in the Golden Gates area last night.

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‘STOP FIGHTING IN PUBLIC’, FNM TOLD – Judge: ‘All parties must refrain from personal attacks’ in the press

A SUPREME Court judge has ordered Free National Movement leader Michael Pintard, Chairman Dr Duane Sands and vice-chairman Richard Johnson not to personally attack each other or other FNM members in public until she has ruled on Mr Johnson’s lawsuit against the FNM leaders or made further orders.

Secret ballot

Free, fair and regular elections are fundamental features of democracy. In addition to being free and fair, elections must be seen to be free and fair by Bahamians and by the rest of the world. Elections are the county’s constitutional and legal system of validating public choices in leadership; and they are also very often the only opportunity that the citizens have of participating in the electoral and political process.

Carnival cruise port

Concerning the $200m development of the Carnival Cruise Port at Sharp Rock, East Grand Bahama, what will become of Freeport Harbour once this project is completed?

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Child sex attacker loses appeal

A MAN convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl will remain behind bars after the Court of Appeal rejected his appeal yesterday.

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Three accused of botched murder attempt

THREE men were remanded to prison  yesterday in connection with a botched murder attempt last week when several guns were recovered in the getaway car.

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Threat claim

A MAN was granted $7,500 bail in court yesterday after he was alleged to have threatened a man in Cat Island with a rifle and caused $3,000 worth of damage to his property.

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Catch these wanted men

POLICE yesterday issued a series of wanted posters in a bid to find a number of suspects.

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Juniors face off in BLTA Spring Classic

Day one of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) Spring Classic Tournament served up 21 matches yesterday as the event got underway at the National Tennis Centre.

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Jasrado Chisholm signs with Jordan Brand

MIAMI Marlins star Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm Jr has signed a contract with Jordan Brand, Roc Nation Sports has announced. Chisholm is the fifth Major League Baseball player to sign with Jordan Brand, joining Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr and free-agent pitcher David Price.

First high school flag football tourney Saturday

THE Bahamas Youth Flag Football League (BYFFL) has released the schedule for the country’s first high school flag football tournament.

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Freedom Baptist Academy marks another banner year

ALL of the hard work and persistence paid off for Freedom Baptist Academy as they celebrated another banner year for their Warriors boys and girls basketball teams.

Queen’s College ‘the Strongest Chess School on New Providence island’

ASPIRING chess players from across New Providence participated in the competitive Scholastic Chess Team Championship.

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Minus excited about All-Female boxing show

FIRST Class Promoter Michelle Minus got a lot of high praise for bringing professional boxing back to the Bahamas. But she said tonight’s All-Female show will be one that the public will not forget.

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Boxers are ready for the big dance

THE visiting boxers competing on the All-Bahamian professional boxing card tonight at the Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium are not just excited to be here but are eager to put on a show for the Bahamian fans.

Thursday, March 30

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IHOP to open Mall at Marathon location on Tuesday

THE IHOP franchise is getting ready to open the doors at its Mall at Marathon location – with the opening day set for Tuesday next week.

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03302023 EDITION

Thursday, 30th March, 2023.

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STATESIDE: US making strides in renewable energy, but more must be done

IT’S safe to say that most of us are significantly more aware of climate change, and its potential affects on our lives and those of our children and grandchildren, than we were even a decade ago. Also, the political import of the issue of climate change has receded somewhat in the US, particularly inasmuch as guns, anti-wokeness and abortion have overtaken climate change denial as a rallying issue for conservatives and Republicans.

EDITORIAL: The size of our climate fight

WHEN our leaders talk about the impact our nation has suffered from the impacts of major storms, it can sometimes be hard to get an idea of the scale of the blows we have suffered.

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Casuarina Bridge opens bringing residents of East Grand Bahama some relief

THE Casuarina Bridge reopened yesterday to the relief of many residents who live “Over the Bridge” and in East Grand Bahama.

Sweeting denies stall vendor claim of victimisation; reviewing issue

A WOMAN says the government is forcing her to give up her only source of income: her stall at Potter’s Cay Dock.

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Bell says we must be diligent on citizenship applications

AFTER Chief Justice Sir Ian Winder criticised the lengthy delays people encounter in response to their citizenship applications, Immigration Minister Keith Bell defended the process yesterday, stressing the need for due diligence.

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FRONT PORCH: RCI beach club a bad deal, but Bay Street needs to be revitalised

MANY generations of Bahamians have walked or driven past St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk (Church) on Shirley Street in downtown Nassau. The iconic buildings, just east of Peck’s Slope, Market Street, Gregory’s Arch and Government House atop Mount Fitzwilliam, form part of an historic cityscape.

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Bahamas hurricane loss triple that of Caribbean

The Bahamas has suffered almost triple the amount of hurricane-related losses and economic damage compared to that experienced by other Caribbean countries over the past 20 years, it was revealed yesterday.

Esso dealers fearing rent hikes will hit all

The Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association’s vice-president yesterday said he is “very, very concerned” by a dispute that has left one Esso dealer fearing he has no choice but to “give them back their station”.

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Sir Franklyn ‘surprised’ at hint margin talks ending

FOCOL’s chairman says he is “surprised” that Bahamian petroleum retailers indicated negotiations over a margin increase had ended because talks were ongoing at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.

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Hunt for gunmen after shooting

Police are hunting two gunmen after a shooting that left a man in hospital on Wednesday.

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Courier firms blocked on ‘seven figure’ tax arrears

Several courier companies have been temporarily barred from clearing imported shipments over their failure to pay up to “seven figures” in due taxes to the Government, a top official confirmed last night.

‘Don’t beat my son on his hip’

A BIMINI mother whose son was beaten to the point of bruising said she warned school administrators not to beat him on his hip because his “kidney is in his pelvis”.

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Munroe: We’ll toughen gun licence rules

THE government will toughen up the requirements to obtain licensed firearms, National Security Minister Wayne Munroe said yesterday - including testing requiring the owners to show they can safely use the weapons.

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‘How much more can i bear?’

SHE was displaced in Grand Bahama after Hurricane Matthew, forced from Abaco by Hurricane Dorian, and furloughed in New Providence at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WHERE WILL THEY GO? Haitian pastors call for compassion and delay in demolition

HAITIAN pastors asked Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis on Tuesday night to delay shanty town demolition plans and show compassion for the people in those communities.

King David and LGBTQ members

I know that from a legal perspective, a dead person cannot be defamed or slandered. This is the position of the judicial system in the United States.

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Sentenced to 15 years for ‘in essence a rape offence’ with underage girl

A MAN convicted of having sex with an underage girl was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday, with the justice saying the case was “in essence a rape offence”.

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Man found with loaded gun ‘pleads not guilty’, granted $7,500 bail

A MAN was sentenced to $7,500 bail in court on Wednesday after being accused of having a loaded gun on University Drive earlier this week.

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Police find revolver wrapped in a towel hidden in the bushes; no arrests made

BIMINI police found an illegal firearm wrapped in a towel in the bushes in the Alice Town area this week.

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$20K Bail granted to man waiting for retrial on QC teacher’s murder

A MAN’S bail was reinstated in the Supreme Court yesterday as he awaits retrial for his alleged involvement in the death of a Queen’s College schoolteacher in 2015.

Aliv ‘rings in’ fresh security partnership

CABLE Bahamas has teamed with an Amazon subsidiary for an initiative that uses technology to improve home security.

Realtor unveils crowdfund plan for property market

A BAHAMIAN realtor yesterday described crowdfunding as a “viable alternative investment” that can provide persons with access to the real estate market.

Bahamians told: Stop work permit complaints

A CABINET minister yesterday told Bahamians to stop complaining about the number of work permits being issued for expatriate labour if they are unwilling to “step up” and fill these posts themselves.

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How you can beat the job interview

You have finally done it. You wrote the perfect resume, nailed your application letter, and now you have the job interview in just a few days. This is exciting, but also nerve-wracking. A positive impression has to be made if you wish to land the post, but how can you do that if you have never had a successful interview?

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Bimini police investigate apparent drowning of cruise ship passenger

BIMINI police are investigating the apparent drowning of a male cruise passenger at Ocean Cay on Wednesday.

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Man stabbed at a business in Pinder’s Point, Grand Bahama in stable condition

A 46-year-old Grand Bahama man is hospitalised following a stabbing this week in Eight Mile Rock.

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Giants take 2-0 lead in the NPBA Finals

The Commonwealth Bank Giants went up 2-0 on the division one Discount Distributors Liquors Rockets after game two of the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Finals last night.

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BLTA’s Spring Classic tourney begins today

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) will host the Royal Bank of Canada sponsored Spring Classic tournament March 30 to April 2 at the National Tennis Center.

LOC CEO: Final CARIFTA test event a success

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) hosted this past weekend’s combined CARIFTA trials and Nationals with it being the final test event ahead of the 50th CARIFTA Games.

Big Red Machine awarded two team spots in the Penn Relays

NOT only did the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine win all three divisions of the National High School Track and Field Championships and final CARIFTA trials, but they were awarded the two spots for the relay teams to go to the prestigious Penn Relays next month.

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Denika making her presence felt

DENIKA Lightbourne has left an indelible mark on Tallulah Falls. Since her freshman year on the basketball court, she’s been that player that has turned heads. She was always destined to shine, and she’ll be soon taking her talents to NCAA Division I Dayton University as a member of the Lady Flames women’s basketball team.

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Marathon women conquer the six Abbott World Marathon Majors

TWO dynamic Bahamian female athletes have recently paced their way into an elite circle of international marathon runners when they completed the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon. Shavaughn Blades and Linda Williams, who are both members of The Bahamas Roadmasters Running Club (BRRC), were among the 38,000 marathon runners. The 26.2 miles race event was held on Sunday, March 5, in Tokyo, Japan.

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Reloaded Baseball invitational kicks off this Friday to Sunday

RELOADED Baseball, a new programme with the sole interest of developing youth in baseball fundamentals and skill set, is inviting the general public to its first ever invitational games, where the young ballers in Nassau will face off against Family Island teams in three divisions this weekend.

Wednesday, March 29

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03292023 EDITION

Wednesday ,29th March, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Gender-based violence is a public health crisis that must be addressed

GENDER-based violence is a public health crisis, yet no government administration in The Bahamas has come to this realisation, declared it, and moved to take action to end it.

EDITORIAL: No place for those who would harm officers

THE injury suffered by a police officer yesterday brings home the reality of the dangers that our law enforcement officials face on the streets every day.

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Downtown businesses express concerns over RCI’s beach club’s possible impact

CONCERNS were raised by some downtown merchants yesterday that business will decline if Royal Caribbean International moves forward with its $110m beach club project on Paradise Island.

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Cruise port targets $3m annual refinance saving

Nassau Cruise Port will save close to $3m per year from refinancing the existing $138m bond debt that kickstarted its redevelopment, with its top executive yesterday saying: “We’re so much more than just a cruise port.”

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Apprenticeship Act overhaul for school leaver skills boost

Efforts are underway to overhaul The Bahamas’ apprenticeship legislation by modernising it for the 21st century and ensuring school leavers graduate with employable skills that are properly certified.

Cable Beach developer urged: ‘Pay homage’ to Viking Court

A Cable Beach developer is being urged to “pay homage” to the existing building on a site it wishes to rezone for a mixed-use retail and condominium project immediately west of Quality Supermarket.

Chamber chief: ‘Spare no effort’ on Ginn resolution

Grand Bahama’s Chamber of Commerce president yesterday urged that “no effort be spared” to find the right buyer for the former Ginn project whose progress has stalled for more than a decade.

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US Chargé d’Affaires hosts ILEA graduates

Scores of Bahamian graduates from the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) were hosted to a welcome reception at the residence of US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Usha Pitts on Thursday.

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ATV leaves its mark

A COLLISION with an ATV ridden by a tourist was the worst possible start to one motorist on their first day with their new car yesterday.

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MAKING HISTORY: 80-member team named for the CARIFTA Games

The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) announced an historic 80 member 2023 CARIFTA team Tuesday at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

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Judge bids to protect $2.3m for City Markets pensioners

The Supreme Court has upheld an injunction seeking to preserve $2.288m for the benefit of City Markets pensioners even though 75 percent of this sum may already have been paid out to “third parties”.

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Doctor told to pay damages after wrong ovary removed

A DOCTOR must pay damages after removing the wrong ovary from a woman.

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Trans-activist backs BUT president’s comment

A TRANSGENDER activist is defending Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson for saying schools should educate students about transgenderism.

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Straw vendors struggle with full-time schedule

TWO weeks after vendors returned to full-time work at the Nassau Straw Market, some say they are struggling to make as much money as they did on the previous rotational system.

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THREE HELD AFTER COP SHOT IN FACE: CSP Skippings says ‘we are actually waging war to take back this Bahamas’

THREE people are in custody after an island-wide search following the shooting of a police officer in his face yesterday morning.

What is government doing to arrest conch population fallout?

Please publish this open letter to the Honourable Clay Sweeting, Minister for Agriculture and Marine Resources.

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Rising tennis star Michael Major Jr making his presence felt in Trinidad

WITH high expectations for his enrolment at Howard University in August, junior sensation Michael Major Jr is taking advantage of playing some high-level international tennis to get him ready for the collegiate scene.

Construction materials ‘not nearly as volatile’

BUILDING materials suppliers yesterday confirmed that prices have “stabilised” significantly over the past several weeks but are far from returning to pre-COVID levels.

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FTX chief hit with fresh $40m bribe accusation

FTX’s founder was yesterday hit with fresh accusations that he sought to pay a $40m bribe to Chinese officials to obtain the release of more than $1bn in crypto assets frozen by that nation’s authorities.

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Remittance tax would retain migrant benefits

Most of us will never be so vulnerable or desperate as to leave our birth country due to violence, crime and extreme poverty.

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‘It was a really scrappy game as both teams were trying to avoid being in last place’

IT wasn’t what former player turned coach Nesly Jean expected, but he was pleased that the men’s national soccer team drew 1-1 against St Vincent and the Grenadines in their CONCACAF Nations League match on Monday.

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‘A lot of good vibes’ at Island Tennis Cup

COORDINATOR Philip ‘PJ’ Major said they were pleased with the turnout for their Island Tennis Cup.

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Bail granted for two men on drug possession charges

TWO MEN were granted bail in court yesterday after they were accused of having over 400 pills of illicit drugs.

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Man granted $10,000 bail on loaded gun possession charge

A MAN accused of possession of a loaded gun has been granted $10,000 bail.

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Teen’s charges upgraded after second shooting victim dies

AFTER the victim of a shooting in Key West Street last month succumbed later to his injuries, an 18-year-old accused in the case has had his charges upgraded to murder.

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Killer of pregnant teacher loses appeal over sentence

A MAN convicted of the 2016 murder of pregnant schoolteacher Marisha Bowen had an appeal against his 55-year prison sentence rejected yesterday.

Urgent need for affordable housing in The Bahamas

We are writing to express our concerns about the lack of affordable and social housing in the Bahamas.

Government, not fuel retailers or wholesalers need to take the cut

BAHAMIANS are anxiously awaiting the Progressive Liberal Party government’s proposal for the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association in the wake of that group of gas station operators badgering for a long overdue margin change. The average price of gas is about $5.65 per gallon.

NPBA finals: Giants take 1-0 lead over Rockets

THE Commonwealth Bank Giants defeated the defending champions Discount Distributors Liquors Rockets, snatching the first win of the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) championship round.

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Kevin Major Jr wins second straight title

FOR the second straight tournament this year, birthday boy Kevin Major Jr got to celebrate in a big way over the weekend as he got to hoist another championship trophy.

Tuesday, March 28

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Young artists shine at car show

THE ANTIQUE Auto Club of the Bahamas’ held its 20th annual art competition which drew in dozens of youngsters eager to show off their creativity and artistic skills. The judges considered 51 submissions from students ranging from five to fifteen years old, with Imani Carter of Queens College taking her division and overall top prizes.

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Academy celebrates cadets

THE LJM Maritime Academy held its annual Founder’s Day events last week, which included a pinning ceremony and the Battle of the Cadets activity day.

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Young people facing up to climate dangers

While climate change is one of the biggest threats that the world has ever seen, around the world the youth voice and perspective is emerging as one of the most powerful responses to deal with it.

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03282023 EDITION

Tuesday, 28th March, 2023.

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Road closures, traffic diversions in Downtown area on Thursday

ROAD closures and traffic diversions have been announced in the Downtown area for Thursday from 1am following the full military funeral for Police Assistant Commissioner Leon Bethel at 11am.

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PETER YOUNG: Accountability necessary but it may be time to move on from ‘Partygate’

The jury is still out. Has it been an act of vengeance against a controversial former British prime minister hounded out of office by his own colleagues or a legitimate example in a democracy of holding those in power to proper account?

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FACE TO FACE – Coralie Adderley: Leader, entrepreneur and mentor

SHE’S championing the cause of health administration in her country and around the world. Her work is changing lives in rural communities, touching women and girls, and connecting people with their roots. She is proving that Bahamian women can take the lead in major industries like healthcare on a global scale.

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Search effort for missing Bimini men is called off

SEARCH efforts for two Bimini men who went missing at sea last week have ended.

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Low manpower hindered response in Bimini blaze

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said there is a shortage of firefighters, especially on Family Islands.

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Sir Franklyn ‘more confident’ than ever gas woes solved

FOCOL’s chairman yesterday said he is “more confident” than ever before that the push by Bahamian petroleum retailers for increased margins can be resolved “without adversely impacting the motoring public”.

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Bahamas First sees 10% motor vehicle claims rise

Bahamas First’s top executive yesterday that motor vehicle claims increased “by at least 10 percent” in 2022 due to a return to pre-COVID traffic volumes combined with increased vehicle repair costs.

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Receivables fear if VAT health claims change

A prominent doctor has voiced fears that medical practitioners will have to pay VAT if their patients cannot afford to do so should the Government persists with the changed tax treatment of health insurance claims payouts.

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New Bay Street attraction targets 75 hires this week

A new Bay Street tourist attraction is aiming to hire up to 75 persons by the end of this week following its Saturday recruitment drive, the Government’s top labour official said yesterday.

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Stingray sculpture part of series of environmental art

THE third of a series of environmental art sculptures in Freeport was unveiled at the roundabout of West Atlantic Drive and Pioneer’s Way on Sunday.

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Organisation launches programme to help disabled women in getting mammograms

BREAST cancer screening for disabled Bahamian women has been launched in Grand Bahama - even as one campaigner warned that disabled women lack access to proper screening although they face the same risks as other women.

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Two men in custody after police officer shot

According to reports, at around 12.30am, officers attached to “Operation Ceasefire” were on routine patrol on Robinson Road east off East Street when they observed a black Nissan Note, occupied by three men, travelling west on Robinson Road at a high rate of speed.

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Gas stations seek ‘pennies on gallon for liveable wage’

Bahamian petroleum retailers yesterday revealed they are seeking a “pennies on the gallon” margin increase equal to 7 percent of the landed cost of fuel to achieve their version of a “ liveable wage”.

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Despite signed agreement members wait on payment

TWO months after the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) and Bahamas Public Service Union signed an industrial agreement, union members are still awaiting back pay for hazardous allowance.

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$40m industrial agreement with BPSU signed

UP TO 4,000 union members could benefit after a $40m industrial agreement was signed with the Bahamas Public Services Union yesterday.

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22 victims finding ways to cope after Bimini blaze

A DAY after a fire shook the Porgy Bay settlement of Bimini, 22 displaced residents are rebuilding their lives with varying optimism.

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GOVT SEEKS TO KNOCK DOWN SHANTY HOMES: 555 properties to be demolished if approval is given

THE government is seeking to demolish 555 shanty town structures in New Providence and Abaco –– with the Office of the Attorney General asking the Supreme Court to approve the order.

In support of the Prime Minister

The general media has long been opposed to the ascension of the Hon Philip “Brave” Davis, MP, KC as Prime Minister of this wonderful nation of ours.

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BLTA applauds college tennis players for their outstanding achievements

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association congratulates Abigail Simms, Jacobi Bain, Shay’Tonya Missick and Donte Armbrister for their outstanding achievements in the college arena. Abigail Simms

Bahamas Jr Golf Association and Fourteen Clubs Academy host US Kids at Lyford Cay

THE Bahamas Junior Golf Association and the Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy hosted the US Kids Golf at the Lyford Cay Golf Club on Sunday.

Long-distance runner Marcel Major doing some big things

MARCEL Major of New Providence, who is an avid long-distance runner, has earned the Race Director Certification (RDC) through the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).

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Anthonique Strachan opens up strong

AS a two-time Austin Sealy award winner for being the most outstanding athlete, veteran sprinter Anthonique Strachan is encouraging members who will be selected to Team Bahamas to not allow the Oaktree Medical Center’s 50th CARIFTA Games to be their defining moment.

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SAC VICTORIOUS: Big Red Machine win all three divisions of BAAA National High School Track & Field Championships

St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine, still celebrating their recent triumph in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools, captured all three divisions of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ National High School Track and Field Championships and final CARIFTA Trials.

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Man denies carjacking

A MAN denied involvement in an armed carjacking late last year.

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Jailed over gun he took from fighting neighbours

A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for a year for possession of a gun he said he took from his fighting neighbours last week.

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Man accused of raping woman he gave car ride to

A 40-year-old man was sent to prison on Monday after being accused of sexually assaulting a 33-year-old woman to whom he reportedly offered a ride last week.

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Man accused of pair of fatal killings

A MAN was accused yesterday of two back-to-back fatal shootings in Nassau Village and Montell Heights, including the death of a 16-year-old boy last week.

Passing the buck on gun violence

I must concur wholeheartedly with letter writer Zephaniah Burrows’ respectful view that the targeting of US gun manufacturers for what is a very homegrown phenomenon is misguided to say the least.

Groundbreaking to be held for new hospital in Grand Bahama

A GROUNDBREAKING ceremony for a new Grand Bahama hospital will take place next month, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville said yesterday.

Monday, March 27

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03272023 EDITION

Monday, 27th March, 2023.

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WORLD VIEW: Development crisis threatens small states

“THE world is facing a crisis of development.” Those are the first words of a paper from officials of the World Bank Group (WBG), setting out a proposed roadmap for “urgent action” to tackle the “growing crisis of poverty and economic distress, and global challenges, including climate change, pandemic risks, and rising fragility and conflict”.

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THE KDK REPORT: The measure of success is not in what you get, but in what you give

ADAM opened his eyes but quickly shut them. He’d been living in darkness for over a week because opening his eyes elicited such burning pain that his head felt like it would explode. His eyelids were swollen to twice their size and half of his face felt tight and twisted.

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INSIGHT: The future of businesses in the Family Islands

AS THE road to 50 years of independence continues, FAY SIMMONS discussed the future of Family Island small and medium sized businesses with their local Chamber of Commerce representatives.

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INSIGHT: How does our nation gain from these resort developments?

AS ANNOUNCEMENTS go, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the developers – but perhaps not a better time for the nation.

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Man arrested on rape accusation in Exuma

A SUSPECTED rape is being investigated in Exuma, which reportedly took place on Saturday. Police said that shortly after 4.30am, the victim caught a ride with a man known to her from a nightclub in the area of the Airport Road.

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Lloyd says corporal punishment needs to be eradicated from school system

FORMER Education Minister Jeff Lloyd wants a complete ban on corporal punishment in schools, linking beatings to high rates of violence in the country.

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US Embassy notes $1bn spent to remove guns in region

IN THE wake of Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis announcing The Bahamas had joined a legal action against US gun manufacturers, the US Embassy has highlighted efforts to tackle gun trafficking and violence in the region.

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Gov’t ‘not just dictating’ over work permit policy

The Chamber of Commerce’s labour division chair has hailed that the Government is “not just dictating” over plans to develop a national policy to govern the issuance of work permits in The Bahamas.

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Businessman loses $22m RBC lawsuit

A Bahamian businessman has lost his breach of contract claim against Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) after it refused to clear a $22.11m investment in his aragonite export venture by a Slovakian citizen he had never met.

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Women marching in unity

WOMEN joined together on the streets and in celebration yesterday for the Dame Doris Johnson National Women’s Unity March and Concert.

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Weekend double shooting leaves one man dead and a teenager in the hospital

A MAN was murdered and a teenager was hospitalised in a double shooting on Saturday night.

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Rejected Ginn buyer settles COVID fraud

The Government has rejected a US hotel group, which last week agreed to pay $325,000 in sanctions to settle COVID fraud allegations, as a buyer of the 2,012 acre former Ginn development in Grand Bahama’s West End.

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FNM chair: VAT health claims change ‘insane’

The FNM’s chairman yesterday branded the proposal to change the VAT treatment of health insurance claims as “absurd, insane and inane”, warning that it will “destroy” the medical sector if implemented as originally planned.

FNM leaders told ‘stay out’ of constituency business

THE assistant chaplain of the Free National Movement wants FNM leaders to stop interfering in constituency association affairs.

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New legal hurdle faces govt on shanty towns

THE government faces a new legal challenge over the possible demolition of shanty towns after an appeal was filed against an earlier ruling.

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FAMILIES HOMELESS AFTER BIMINI BLAZE: Fire displaces eleven families as dysfunctional fire apparatus failed to bring it under control

ELEVEN families were displaced after a fire destroyed four homes in Bimini yesterday and exposed the dysfunctional firefighting equipment on the island.

Promises, promises in Mangrove Cay

I’m writing regarding a recent visit back home to Mangrove Cay, Andros.

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Crypto revival

ActivTrades

The current plight of the banks brings back memories of the 2008 financial crisis. Calls for alternatives are getting louder. Bitcoin supporters are feeling encouraged.

Businesses seek $8.1m in renewables financing

BAHAMIAN businesses have requested a collective $8.1m in financial assistance to help them acquire renewable technologies and energy efficient equipment, it has been revealed.

Super Value saves $400k through warehouse solar

SUPER Value’s president says it has slashed its annual energy bill by $400,000 through installing solar panels on its warehouse and is now seeking to roll-out renewable energy at all its 13 stores.

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Ole Miss eliminated

AFTER falling short of advancing to the Elite Eight of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Basketball Championships, coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin urged the Bahamian public to be patient with her University of Mississippi Lady Rebels.

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Volleyball champions crowned

AFTER a week of intense competition during the tournament, the Public Primary Schools Sports Association crowned Sandilands Primary as the boys and girls volleyball champions on Friday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

NPBA playoffs: Giants sweep High Flyers 2-0

THE Commonwealth Bank Giants will advance to NPBA championship finals after defeating the Sand Dollar Imports High Flyers 96-81 on Friday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.

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Bahamas blanked 3-0 by Trinidad & Tobago

TRINIDAD and Tobago didn’t waste any time putting their stamp of arrival on the outcome of their rematch against the Bahamas in the CONCACAF Nations League matchup at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium on Friday.

We need to save conch

In the 6th January 2023 edition of The Nassau Guardian there appeared under the heading “No Need for Conch Season Yet” statements attributed to Eric Carey, the former executive director of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) in which he is quoted as saying that “I don’t think we need a conch season yet.”

Finders Keepers Losers Weepers

It is truly said that it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

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ATHLETES QUALIFY FOR THE CARIFTA GAMES: SAC in the lead after Day 2 of National High School Track & Field Championships

Day two of the combined CARIFTA Trials and National High School Championships wraps up day 2 with St. Augustine’s College in first place. The Big Red Machine leads all schools with a total of 377 points.

Sunday, March 26

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Families left homeless after blaze destroys homes on Bimini

Police on the island of Bimini are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire which destroyed four homes and reportedly left 11 families homeless on Sunday.

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CARIFTA Trials and Nationals wraps up exciting day one

St. Augustine’s College Big Red Machine leads the team rankings after day one of the combined CARIFTA Trials and National High School Championships. The Big Red Machine ended day one with a total of 210.50. The Queen’s College Comets came right behind with a total of 167.50. Third place in the rankings belonged to St John’s College with 73 points.

Saturday, March 25

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Friday, 24th March, 2023.

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Keith Bell calls for increased productivity in labour force

LABOUR Minister Keith Bell called for increased productivity in the labour force on Friday, saying that the lack thereof has contributed to the high number of work permits issued each year.

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Police investigate armed robbery and kidnapping in Grand Bahama

Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a kidnapping and armed robbery, which happened on Thursday.

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East Grand Bahama pine forests showing signs of 'regeneration'

The pine forests in East Grand Bahama are showing signs of “regeneration” post Dorian, a Forestry official with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources confirmed.

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Man admits failing to charge electronic monitoring device

A MAN on bail for murder was fined $1,250 in court on Friday after he admitted to failing to charge his electronic monitoring device (EMD) five times.

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$350 fine for stealing sound bar

A MAN was fined $350 in court on Friday after he admitted to trying to steal a $76 sound bar while working at Kelly’s House and Home earlier this month.

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Man charged with murder of Leon Griffin

A MAN denied the 2021 killing of former Taxi Cab Union President Leon Griffin outside his home in court on Friday.

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Man denies sexual abuse of 11-year-old girl

A 42-year-old man denied sexually abusing a young girl over the course of a year in Supreme Court on Friday

Friday, March 24

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Friday, 24th March, 2023.

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Clubs and Societies – March 24th

The Antique Auto Club held an art show at last weekend’s car show - and the winners have been chosen in four categories, each with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Curing PMH’s ills one blanket at a time

How do you fix a problem that costs 20 times more to run than the revenue it generates?

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital is in poor financial health. And that is being kind.

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Eric Wiberg: Wives and bases

THE build-up of New Providence into the hub of all South Atlantic air deliveries to the Allies in Africa, the Mediterranean, Middle and Far East was sudden, yet the nation’s air hub was built as Windsor Field for the RAF Ferry Command, and to support the RAF Transport Command, the No 113 Transport Wing instructors who trained over 7,000 students for the front, and to deliver over 9,000 aircraft to Africa.

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Man held without bail accused of raping girl

A 26-year-old man was remanded in custody after being accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl last month.

EDITORIAL: Is taxation the solution to our sins?

IT appears the government plans to make us pay for our sins – literally.

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Job hopefuls attend job fair hosted by Titan Hospitality

A MOTHER facing eviction from her apartment and a woman allegedly cheated out of National Insurance Board contributions were examples of the jobseekers crowding a fair Titan Hospitality hosted yesterday.

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Miller encourages students to be good stewards of the environment at tree planting ceremony

A TREE planting ceremony took place in Freeport yesterday - with Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Vaughn Miller stressing the importance of forests.

Planned shanty town demolition in Abaco sparking mixed reactions

THE government’s latest push to demolish shanty town structures is sparking mixed reactions from Abaco residents — fear from those set to be displaced and cheers from those ready for the communities to be eliminated.

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Go Bonfire digital procurement platform has saved government $2.6m since launch

ECONOMIC Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis said government had saved about $2.6m since launching a new digital procurement platform in November.

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Report calls for revision of alcohol laws, highlights major health issues

A MAJOR report on health in The Bahamas recommends revisiting and modernising alcohol-related laws to restrict access to alcoholic beverages.

Beware cutting-off ‘rocking and rolling’ private aviation

A Bahamas Flying Ambassador yesterday warned this nation not to follow Mexico and Costa Rica by “killing the goose that lays the golden eggs” when outsourcing management of multiple airports to private operators.

Wynn: 12-storey project will be ‘elegant addition’

A Goodman’s Bay developer yesterday pledged that its second phase 12-storey penthouse complex will be an “elegant addition” to the West Bay Street skyline.

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GB Power secures ‘best solar rate in Caribbean’

Grand Bahama Power Company believes it has obtained “the best rate in the Caribbean” with its first solar energy deal with an independent provider, its top executive has revealed.

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Increasing $136m outbound transfers cause for ‘concern’

The Bahamas has “reason to be concerned” about the “growing trend” of outbound money transfers that hit $136m in 2022 as it represents incomes that are lost to this nation, it was argued yesterday.

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Opposition expected on possible sin tax

HEALTH Minister Dr Michael Darville said likely opposition from local producers of sugary beverages is a key obstacle preventing the government from racing to introduce a sin tax.

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New airport terminal to ‘revitalise’ Cat Island

A NEW multi-million dollar airport in Cat Island will feature modern and sustainable designs, part of a larger plan to boost investments and revitalise the island, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday.

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$1BN PLAN ‘BIGGER THAN BAKER’S BAY’: Former NFL star part of ten-hotel, 10,000-acre San Salvador scheme

A developer yesterday disclosed it is seeking to develop a “bigger and more exclusive” version of Baker’s Bay on 10,000 acres of San Salvador land through a $1bn investment over the next five years.

Despite promises problems persist at Magrove Cay

Greetings, I’m writing regarding a recent visit back home to Mangrove Cay, Andros.

Cat Island firms: Airport revival is ‘long overdue’

CAT Island business owners yesterday hailed the “long overdue” $17m upgrade of New Bight’s airport as a potential catalyst for increased tourism and economic activity.

‘Point taken’ over Auditor General’s independence

A CABINET minister yesterday said “the point is taken” after Opposition senators yesterday questioned whether legal reforms interfere with the Auditor General’s constitutional independence to safeguard taxpayer monies.

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IAN FERGUSON: How to engage millennial staff

Millennials make up a sizeable percentage of today’s workforce. They come with a plethora of skills, strengths and, yes, special needs. This week’s column focuses attention on ways to keep these valuable team members consistently engaged.

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Play Tennis Bahamas

THE Play Tennis Bahamas programme is presently in its sixth year. With a focus on teaching beginners ages 4-17 years old how to play tennis, the programme has reached hundreds of children all over the country.

Youth league to host first high school flag football tournament

THE Bahamas Youth Flag Football League (BYFFL) will host the country’s first high school flag football tournament at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium April 1.

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Starting blocks session helps athletes trying to make CARIFTA track team

HE didn’t have sufficient time, but former sprinter turned coach Andrew Tynes said he was glad to once again offer a starting blocks session for athletes trying out for this year’s CARIFTA track team.

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Minus makes a pitch for women’s pro card

WITH the return of professional boxing with the first all-female show taking place next weekend, promoter Michelle Minus made a special pitch for support from the Southeast Nassau Rotary Club.

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CARIFTA ticket sales going well

TICKETS and merchandise sales for the Oaktree Medical Center’s 50th CARIFTA Games are going quite well, according to director of sales Patrice Ferguson.

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Trinidad ready to face The Bahamas

Trinidad & Tobago, coming off their training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are looking forward to their rematch against the Bahamas at 4pm today in the Concacaf Nations League match at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

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Men in court over series of robberies

A MAN has been sent to prison after being accused of a series of armed muggings over the last two months.

We’re obligated to foreigners with fat wallets

If I might make a couple of observations on this ongoing saga. My understanding of agreements is limited but I do not think that the easiest way out is for Mr Smith to reapply.

Hinduism encroaching Bahamian life

The Bahamas is considered a Caribbean country, although it is really located in the Atlantic Ocean. The Caribbean is a religious and cultural melting pot, according to sociologists from the United States.

Thursday, March 23

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Thursday, 23rd March, 2023.

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STATESIDE: Potcake rescue tourist attraction in TCI leads to US puppy adoptions

The Turks and Caicos: It’s kind of like our little brother. A neighboring archipelago, for many years a tropical backwater, now more recently blossoming into a desirable tourist destination.

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FRONT PORCH: Catholic Social Teaching promotes, protects and defends the radical dignity of the human person

IN A 55-minute speech during a 2015 pastoral visit to Bolivia, Pope Francis addressed a crowd of farmers, indigenous people and activists with this ringing plea: “You are social poets: creators of work, builders of housing, producers of food, above all for people left behind by the world market.

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Inquests on police involved shootings have resumed

STATE Minister for Legal Affairs Jomo Campbell says inquests into police-involved killings have resumed following a lengthy delay.

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Immigration repatriated 1,100 in the last two months and numbers could exceed last year

IMMIGRATION Minister Keith Bell said 1100 people have been repatriated so far this year.

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Bahamian whistleblower accused of ‘fabrication’

A Bahamian whistleblower has this week been accused of “fabricating” evidence critical to a case brought by US federal regulators against a former Nassau-based broker/dealer.

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Airlines dispute threatened ‘huge’ $43m consequences

The US airline industry’s challenge to The Bahamas’ air navigation services fee regime had potentially “huge consequences” by putting close to $43m in annual revenues at risk, it was revealed yesterday.

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FTX chief’s $460m deal with Bahamas fund firm

FTX’s US chief yesterday unveiled a $460m settlement with a Bahamas-based fund manager that received hundreds of millions of dollars in the months leading up to the crypto currency exchange’s collapse.

GB to Abaco power cable ‘fraught with complications’

Grand Bahama Power Company’s top executive says running an electricity cable to Abaco is “fraught with complications” and remains a “longer-term opportunity” it plans to explore.

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Search continues for two men from Bimini missing at sea

MULTIPLE agencies are still searching for two Bimini men who went missing at sea on Monday.

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Police seize suspected drugs worth $286,600

SUSPECTED drugs worth more than a quarter of a million dollars have been seized at a freight building at Windsor Field.

Six pit bull attack ends with two euthanised

TWO pit bulls will be euthanised after attacking a woman, leaving her hospitalised with severe injuries.

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Row erupts over Minnis during FNM meeting

TENSIONS in the Free National Movement boiled over on Tuesday night when deputy chairman Don Saunders publicly argued with a constituency association chairman about whether party leaders want to sideline Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Commissioner ‘acted correctly’ in case of unlawfully detained officer

POLICE Commissioner Clayton Fernander believes he acted correctly in a case that has left taxpayers on the hook for damages after a judge ruled a police officer was unlawfully detained.

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Davis says uphill battle on US gun makers case

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said although it will be difficult for Mexico to win a case seeking to hold US gun traffickers accountable for the spread of guns in the region, The Bahamas needed to support the action to send a strong message to US lawmakers.

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‘HUMBLE APOLOGY’ TO FURIOUS PM BY TOBY SMITH – “Deeply disturbed’ Davis: I’m the one left betrayed by developer’s comments

A Bahamian entrepreneur yesterday made a “humble apology” after the Prime Minister reacted furiously to assertions he had “betrayed” him by failing to honour earlier pledges to approve his $3m Paradise Island project.

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MAN ON BAIL ON MURDER CHARGE GRANTED $8,000 BAIL

A MAN facing a pending murder charge was accused of breaching his bail conditions in court yesterday - and was again granted bail.

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Nassau Gymnastics seeks funding for better facilities and exposure

NASSAU Gymnastics seeks financial support and equipment for young gymnasts after their Gasparilla Classics and Florida Crown performances.

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Men’s soccer showdown tomorrow

THE Bahamas Football Association (BFA) will host the CONCACAF Nations League match between the Bahamas men’s national soccer team and Trinidad & Tobago at 4pm this Friday.

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Fun run/walk on final morning of CARIFTA

The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) has officially launched the “Let’s Move Bahamas” fun run/walk.

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MAN DENIED BAIL ON $5,000 WORTH OF STOLEN CAR PARTS

A MAN was denied bail in court yesterday after being accused of stealing over $5,000 worth of car parts, alcohol and electronics on Poet Drive last week.

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SERIAL THIEF JAILED FOR TWO YEARS AND FINED FOR DRUGS

A SERIAL thief was jailed for two years yesterday after he admitted to his latest attempted raid last year.

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BAIL GRANTED FOR MAN ON CHARGE OF ASSAULT WITH GUN

A MAN was granted $7,000 bail yesterday after he allegedly assaulted another man with a loaded gun last week.

Harbour Bay parking

Annoyance is a mild description when trying to shop at Harbour Bay Shopping Centre – where do the potential shoppers park?

Home rental regulation

Permit me space in your newspaper to comment on the proposed Tourism Development Corporation of the Bahamas Bill which I understand was pulled from the House today.

‘Deck stacked in our favour’ on arbitration

THE PRIME Minister yesterday described The Bahamas’ efforts to establish itself as an international arbitration centre as “long overdue”, and added: “The deck is stacked in our favour.”

Make Bahamians arbitration ‘masters’

THE OPPOSITION’S finance spokesman yesterday voiced concern that Bahamians may be left behind if this nation moves too swiftly to establish itself as an international arbitration hub.

Wednesday, March 22

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Wednesday, 22nd March, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Technological opportunities, challenges and barriers for equality

ON Friday, March 18, the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) came to a close. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls” and the theme under review was “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” which was the theme of the 62nd session.

EDITORIAL: Taking the guns off our streets

THE news that The Bahamas is joining forces with other countries to take US firearm manufacturers to court is to some extent startling – but very welcome.

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John Templeton memorial Scholarship re-established to benefit three graduate students up to $40K

THREE graduate students eager to advance human flourishing will be eligible for up to $40,000 annually for two years through a re-established Sir John Templeton Memorial Scholarship offered by the Lyford Cay Foundations.

Bell responds to human rights criticisms on immigration and citizenship

IMMIGRATION Minister Keith Bell is satisfied that laws governing immigration and citizenship issues in The Bahamas are strong despite criticism from the United States.

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‘The proper action was taken not to land those persons in our country’

KEITH Bell says immigration officials correctly denied two Moldovan models entry to The Bahamas in a case that has sparked international headlines.

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Officers who assaulted two Haitian migrants on paid leave pending investigation results

THE immigration officers who attacked two Haitian men in a barber shop last month are on paid administrative leave. Immigration Minister Keith Bell said yesterday the investigation into their matter is ongoing and will take “as long as necessary” to ensure the right outcome.

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Drugs, firearm and ammunition found off Nassau Street

POLICE reported drugs were found along with an illegal firearm and ammunition on Tuesday off Nassau Street by officers attached to Operation Ceasefire.

Oban revival dismissed despite $2.5bn plans

Talk of reviving the $5.5bn Oban Energies oil refinery deal has been dismissed as “foolishness” by the Prime Minister’s spokesperson although an “introductory call” was held with the project’s new owners soon after the 2021 election.

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Commission seeks FTX $426m asset resolution

The Securities Commission is anxious to resolve the ownership of $426m in FTX digital assets under its control due to the ongoing costs it is incurring to secure them, it has been revealed.

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Gov’t challenged: Disclose Royal Caribbean’s PI deal

The Bahamian entrepreneur bidding to restore Paradise Island’s lighthouse yesterday challenged the Government to disclose full details of the revised Royal Caribbean deal that has “massive hurdles” to overcome.

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$200m GB airport deal can help solve Lucayan ‘eyesore’

A Hayward family member has voiced optimism that Grand Bahama International Airport’s $200m transformation will serve as a “catalyst” for the sale of a Grand Lucayan resort that has become “a bit of an eyesore”.

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Pilot Club donates bicycle helmets, promoting brain safety in Grand Bahama

THE Sunset Pilot Club of Grand Bahama will be distributing 50 bicycle helmets to pre-schoolers on Grand Bahama through an initiative called “Brain Power”.

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Police seize marijuana while on patrol

Police announced the seizure of a quantity of marijuana during patrols by the dog section on Tuesday. Shortly before 6pm, officers in the area of East Street south, near Domingo Heights, conducted a search of an open yard and found an estimated eight ounces of marijuana with a street value of $520. No arrests were made.

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Two Bimini men missing at sea

THE family of two men who went missing on Sunday while travelling from Grand Bahama to Bimini are praying they will be safely found.

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PI entrepreneur ready ‘at stroke of PM’s pen’

The Bahamian entrepreneur seeking to restore Paradise Island’s lighthouse yesterday revealed his financing needs have been “oversubscribed by more than 300 percent”, as he urged the Government: “Make good on our deal.”

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‘There’s been no final decision’ on RCI PI Project

YOUTH, Sports and Culture Minister Mario Bowleg says Cabinet has not approved Royal Caribbean International’s Paradise Island project.

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BAHAMAS JOINS LAWSUIT DEMANDING US GUN MAKERS ‘PAY UP $10BN’: Case holds manufacturers accountable for harm caused by their products

THE Bahamas has joined a $10bn lawsuit to hold US gun manufacturers to account for the spread of firearms throughout the region, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said last night.

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Dr Fitzcharles named director of operating theatre

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital (PMH) has appointed Dr Colleen Fitzcharles as director of operating theatre. Dr Fitzcharles was the first Bahamian female surgeon at PMH and Doctors Hospital.

Should PLP sell GB to US?

A political operative on Facebook claimed that a Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet minister at the Grand Bahama Business Outlook blamed the island’s protracted economic depression on the COVID-19 pandemic, which is patently false. Grand Bahama has been in the economic doldrums since 2001, the year of the terrorist attacks on the US by Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

Tit-for-tat over FTX

Greetings. And thank you for the space in your daily publication to proffer up these several points Of view.

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Court clerk faces fraud and money laundering charges

A MAGISTRATE’S Court clerk was in tears yesterday as she faced 20 fraud-related charges - with prosecutors alleging she abused her court position for profit and gain.

Downtown Nassau tourism incubators expand to two

THE DEPUTY Prime Minister yesterday said there will now be two tourism incubation centres in downtown Nassau because his ministry was unable to find a single location able to handle the demand from Bahamian entrepreneurs.

‘Big mistake’ to rush 15% minimum tax

A BAHAMIAN financial services provider yesterday warned it would be “a big mistake” for this nation to rush into implementing the 15 percent global minimum corporate tax rate without first ensuring such a move benefits its economy.

DPM pledges complete tourism bill consultation

THE DEPUTY Prime Minister yesterday pledged there will be full consultation over the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) Bill after it was withdrawn from House of Assembly debate following an outcry by the private sector.

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Woman fined and must repay employer over stolen money

A GAS station worker was fined $1,800 yesterday after she admitted to stealing $572.83 from her place of employment on Prince Charles Drive.

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Gardiner pleased with his comeback

BACK in action after sitting out the past season with an injury, World and Olympic champion Steven Gardiner said he’s excited about his progress and looking forward to getting back on top of the men’s standings in the 400 metres.

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Dr Wentia Ford-Diagne remembers her late father

In an effort to help keep the legacy of her late father alive, former versatile athlete Dr Wentia Ford-Diagne has established the Wenty Ford Sports Foundation with a “50-50 Dream Big” initiative.

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Minister: Don’t wait until last minute to buy CARIFTA tickets

WITH the 50th CARIFTA Games only 15 days away, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Mario Bowleg is urging Bahamians not to wait until the last minute to purchase their tickets for the event.

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Duncombe coming to town for the CARIFTA team trials

GRAND Bahama – After falling short of making the Bahamas Aquatics’ national team for the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Curacao, versatile Grand Bahamian Launy Duncombe is coming to town this weekend to give it a shot at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ track team for CARIFTA here at home.

Athletes get ready for Nationals/Trials

GRAND Bahama — The inaugural Island Relays for visiting college teams over the weekend at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex gave some of the local athletes a chance to improve on their performances before they come to New Providence for the National High Schools Championships and final CARIFTA Trials this weekend.

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BAISS soccer standings

THE Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools has returned to soccer play after a three-year hiatus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down soccer action.

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Temple Christian High School celebrates growth of its athletics programme

SCHOOL pride is still at an all time high at Temple Christian High School following their historic third-place finish at the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) Track and Field Championships.

Tuesday, March 21

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Tuesday, 21st March, 2023.

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Police investigate alleged sexual assault

Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault of a woman which occurred on Monday.

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PETER YOUNG: Maintaing Indo-Pacific peace is focus of AUKUS in face of assertive China

WITH the publicity surrounding last week’s San Diego meeting about the AUKUS agreement, I wonder how many people will have recalled one of US President Biden’s famous gaffes. T

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FACE TO FACE: This Women’s History month be inspired, be encouraged and most of all ‘Keep Going’

THERE is power in 11 women coming together to share some of their most personal stories of life’s trials that turned into triumph. It’s liberating for them, and motivating for all who they share their stories with.

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Residents complain about illegal dumping on the side of the road

RESIDENTS of Englerston are complaining about debris left on the roadside and in a neighbouring abandoned property.

EDITORIAL: Human rights report highlights familiar failing

THE prolonged failure to carry out inquests into police-involved shootings has been an issue that The Tribune has long spotlighted – and now it is garnering international attention.

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Minister of Tourism touts ‘significant’ opportunities as Grand Bahama tourism grows

DEPUTY Prime Minister Chester Cooper said the government is committed to entrepreneurship and will be launching an entrepreneurship symposium around the country, starting in Grand Bahama.

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Munroe addresses Bay Street stores allegedly defrauding tourists, calling it ‘foolish’ and ‘self-destructive’

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe is concerned that some Bay Street businesses are allegedly defrauding tourists, thus jeopardising the country’s tourism industry.

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Minnis calls PM ‘weak’ for letting Hanna Martin speak publicly against RCI deal

FORMER Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis called his successor “weak” for letting Glenys Hanna Martin speak publicly against a planned Royal Caribbean International project without facing repercussions.

Climate Change outlook grim, especially for small island states

A new United Nations report offers a troubling assessment of a world running out of time to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming.

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Police say weekend murders related

CHIEF Superintendent of Police Michael Johnson said police believe the separate killings in Nassau Village, Montell Heights and Faith Avenue South over the weekend are connected.

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‘Utter amazement’: Ex-PMs trade Oban blame

Perry Christie says he is “utterly amazed” that Dr Hubert Minnis would blame his administration for flawed due diligence on the $5.5bn Oban Energies project given that the deal “was dead” when he left office in 2017.

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FTX: US interfering with $45m Bahamas recovery

FTX’s Bahamian liquidators are accusing their US counterparts of interfering with a $45m stablecoin recovery and failing to preserve the value of the collapsed crypto exchange’s $241m local real estate empire.

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FTX wind-up faces stall absent ‘claw back’ rule

FTX’s Bahamian liquidators say they need the Supreme Court to determine who the local subsidiary’s customers truly are so they can “claw back” preferential payments and prevent the winding-up from “stalling”.

Tourism Bill withdrawn on consultation worry

Multiple tourism industry stakeholders yesterday said they had not seen or been consulted on draft legislation that was pulled from House of Assembly debate amid fears it would spark a fall in vacation rental room inventory.

Tourism Development Corporation Bill delayed as stakeholders not consulted

LEGISLATORS postponed debate on the Tourism Development Corporation Bill yesterday after an industry official claimed hundreds of vacation rental hosts oppose it and believe it will reduce available rooms in the market.

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Karting taking 242 to the world

YOUNG Bahamians have been getting a taste of the racing world thanks to Edukarting Bahamas - even resulting in a trip to compete in France.

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$1,000 to win in essay competition

Students can win up to $1,000 in an essay competition on sustainability and climate change sponsored by solar company Inti Corporation in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.

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Battling it out to build bridges

STUDENTS took up a challenge to build bridges in a contest last week - with a tough battle to determine the winning entries.

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FTX US chief bids to cut-off Bahamas

FTX’s US chief yesterday shattered the temporary ceasefire with the Bahamian provisional liquidators by launching a legal bid to deny them access to any assets caught in the crypto exchange’s multi-billion dollar collapse.

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250 jobs to come in Exuma project

A new $500m project for Exuma promises to boost that island’s tourism and spark significant job growth.

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Judge rules officer was unlawfully detained

A JUDGE ruled a police officer was unlawfully arrested in 2016 after declaring support for Maria Daxon.

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NO INQUESTS IN 74 POLICE SHOOTINGS: Human rights report highlights absence of Coroner’s probes

THE latest US report on human rights in The Bahamas reveals that 74 police-involved shooting deaths are awaiting inquests at the Coroner’s Court.

Food retailers await price control easing

FOOD retailers are eagerly anticipating next month’s end to the expanded price control regime as several smaller operators were yesterday said to be on the brink of closure.

$500m resort project to do ‘wonders’ for Exuma

THE deputy prime minister yesterday said a $500m resort development targeted at Exuma’s Cave Cay project will “do wonders for the entire area” through creating one of the largest marinas in The Bahamas.

Realtor’s four agents join brand’s top 15%

A BAHAMIAN real estate company and its executives have been recognised during its brand franchisor’s 2022 Annual Global Performance Awards.

Ed Bethel

And then there were three. On Monday, March 13, the media profession in The Bahamas lost a giant of a journalist and broadcaster, Mr Ed Bethel.

Cruise deal strikes nerve

The Minister of Education gave her opinion on the pending cruise deal and it seems to have struck a nerve, especially with the politically active. Is it what she said or how she said it? Some are saying that it is more about the time that she chose to say it, however, this is a view she has always held.

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$7K BAIL FOR TEEN ON ARMED ROBBERY CHARGE

A 17-year-old man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint last year was granted bail yesterday.

CONCACAF Nations League: Bahamas vs Trinidad, March 24

THE Bahamas Football Association (BFA) proudly announces the upcoming Concacaf Nations League match, scheduled for 4pm March 24 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

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NO BAIL FOR ACCUSED ON SEX WITH 13-YEAR-OLD

A 27-year-old man accused of illicit sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl last summer was remanded yesterday.

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$3.5K BAIL ON FIVE BAIL VIOLATION CHARGES

A MAN denied five counts of violating bail conditions yesterday while on release for a charge of attempted murder - and has been granted bail again.

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McPhee-McCuin and Ole Miss Rebels stun Stanford, reach first Sweet 16 in 16 years

Coach Yolett ‘Yo’ McPhee-McCuin and her University of Mississippi Lady Rebels are now into the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Sweet 16 of the women’s national basketball tournament for the first time in 16 years.

Manpower concerns over Exuma investment surge

LABOUR shortages, and the tendency of major developers to rely on foreign contractors, has left Exuma businesses pessimistic over how much they will benefit from multi-million foreign direct investment targeted at the island.

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Inter-school National Golf Championships April 17-21 at BGF’S 9-hole driving range

AFTER hosting two successful events in 2021 and 2022, the Bahamas Golf Federation’s Junior Golf Association is eager to put on the third edition of the Inter-School National Golf Championships.

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Rising tennis star Major Jr signs athletic scholarship with Howard University Bison

AS he prepares to complete his high school education at Windsor High School, Michael Major Jr is now looking forward to making the transition to college.

Monday, March 20

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03172023 WEEKEND

Friday, 17th March, 2023.

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03202023 HOME BUYER'S GUIDE

Monday, 20th March, 2023.

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'Wear mismatched socks' to mark Down Syndrome Day

PEOPLE are being urged to wear mismatched socks tomorrow (Tuesday) to mark Down Syndrome Day in The Bahamas.

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03202023 EDITION

Monday, 20th March, 2023.

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29 migrants detained near Cay Sal Bank

THE US Coast Guard transferred 29 migrants to Bahamian authorities yesterday after they were detained near Cay Sal Bank.

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WORLD VIEW: Can political parties agree social contract for national progress?

AUTHORITATIVE international bodies – among them, the respected Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) – have concluded that “democracy is under both literal and figurative assault around the world.” The countries of the Caribbean have not been exempted from this judgement which is based on more than a decade of studies.

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THE KDK REPORT: Always listen to your body and never give up on yourself

PEOPLE rarely ask ‘how are you?’ any more. Perhaps it’s a consequence of this new era in a post-pandemic world, one where unmasked individuals, flanked by their own problems, no longer feel the need to make small talk with strangers. Or maybe it’s not that we don’t care, but we don’t want to open the conversation for fear of hearing about yet another person who’s died from COVID or cancer.

Cruise port 90 percent completed and expected to be ready for May completion

THE new Nassau Cruise Port is more than 90 percent completed, according to its chief executive officer Michael Maura who said the port’s opening remains on schedule for the last week of May.

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INSIGHT: Minister points finger at PM’s New Plan

THERE is a story many of us are familiar with from children’s books growing up – the tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes. I’ve been reminded of it in this past week in Bahamian politics.

EDITORIAL: The problem facing the Prime Minister

IN backing Education Minister Glenys Hanna Martin, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis” has given himself a problem.

Call for govt intervention in alleged abuse of Haitians

SEVERAL Abaco residents are decrying the alleged abuse of documented and undocumented Haitian migrants on the island by immigration officers, telling The Tribune government intervention is needed to ensure migrants are being treated more humanely.

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Yolett McPhee-McCuin and Rebels stun Stanford, reach first Sweet 16 in 16 years

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Sobbing as she received hugs from friends, family and administrators, Mississippi coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin tried to grasp the magnitude of her team's stunning win against top-seeded Stanford when someone reminded her there's more basketball to be played.

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‘Everything is on table’ over VAT health claims

The Ministry of Finance’s top official says “everything is on the table” with VAT-related reforms, which could have raised medical costs for thousands of insured Bahamians, now not proceeding prior to the Budget at end-May.

‘Up the ante’ on cruise line deals

A former Bahamas National Trust (BNT) chief yesterday said this nation must “up the ante” and leverage its “natural capital” to obtain better deals from the cruise industry, adding: “We give up too easily.”

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Former PM shares history and encouraging words at Genesis Academy’s national pride celebration

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie urged students to learn about the history of the nation as he spoke at a national pride celebration at Genesis Academy on Friday.

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SBF’s trading arm gave Pointe owner $3.4m ‘gift’

The China Construction America (CCA) owned entity that developed The Pointe in downtown Nassau purportedly received $3.362m in “gifts or charitable contributions” from Sam Bankman-Fried’s private trading arm.

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Oban’s investors hit by $5m ‘fraud’

The principal behind the controversial $5.5bn Oban Energies oil refinery deal has agreed to be sanctioned and pay fines after being accused of defrauding investors in the project of some $5.2m.

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Christie: Be careful on favouring cruise lines

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie said there should be a “New Providence experience” – and that “we have to exercise the greatest care” in being partial to a cruise line.

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Weekend scarred by three murders

THREE men were shot and killed in separate incidents over the weekend, pushing the country’s murder count to 21 for the year, according to the Tribune’s record.

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PM: MINISTER DID NOT BREACH CODE – But Pintard says Hanna Martin must support RCI decision or leave

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis last night said Education Minister Glenys Hanna Martin did not violate the Ministerial Code when she expressed opposing views to the Royal Caribbean project approved by the government.

Concerns over Royal Caribbean beach club

THE following is an open letter from Eric Carey, former executive director of The Bahamas National Trust (BNT), a non-profit, non-government, membership organisation focused on conserving and protecting the Bahamian environment. Mr Carey now leads ONE Consultants, an independent environmental consultancy that has been engaged by Atlantis to review the environmental impact of the proposed Royal Caribbean beach club project.

NP Sports Council seeks funding and support ahead of the Bahamas Games

THE New Providence Sports Council is seeking funding urgently as sports associations make preparations for the sixth edition of the Bahamas Golden Jubilee Games.

Sand Dollar High Flyers even the series 1-1

AFTER a tough loss to the Leno Regulators last week Thursday, the Sand Dollar Imports High Flyers evened the series 1-1 in a 86-63 blowout win.

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Cyclists use time trials to get in gear for Bahamas Games

GRAND Bahama — In preparing their team for the Bahamas Games in July, the Grand Bahama Cycling Association hosted its time trials on Saturday.

NPBA playoffs: Shockers advance, Sand Dollar tie series

IN this past weekend’s New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) playoff action, the Caro Contractors Shockers swept the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes 2-0 to wrap up the first-round series.

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Gardiner, Charlton open outdoor seasons with wins

It was a big outdoor season opener for World and Olympic champion Steven Gardiner at the 17th Annual Spring Break Classic in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

FINCO chief: 95% of local transactions done digitally

RBC FINCO’s top executive says Bahamians are beginning to embrace a digital future with 95 percent now conducting their financial transactions electronically.

GB to Abaco power cable ‘doable’ but more needed

THE Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce president says supplying power from the island to Abaco via an undersea electricity cable is “doable” but more details are required on the initiative.

Bay Street merchants ‘overcharging’ tourists

BAY Street merchants have been accused by The Bahamas’ consumer protection watchdog of overcharging cruise ship passengers and other tourists on their credit card purchases

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Flashbacks of 2008

ActivTrades

The past two weeks have produced flashbacks to the 2008 financial crisis following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB).

Bahamian small businesses told: Embrace e-commerce

BAHAMIAN small and medium-sized businesses must embrace digital payments and transactions if they are to properly participate in the tourism industry and wider global economy, a provider says.

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Texas A&M Aggies capture inaugural Island Relays

GRAND Bahama — Veteran coach Pat Henry remembers his last trip to The Bahamas in October to participate in the homegoing service for his former Olympic sprinter Shavez Hart. This time, he was in a more celebratory mood as his Texas A&M Aggies captured the inaugural Island Relays over the weekend.

Sunday, March 19

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Seven left homeless after Andros house fire

A HOUSE fire in Andros has left a family of seven people homeless.

Saturday, March 18

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Texas A&M Aggies lead Island Relays Bahamas

GRAND Bahama: After the first day of competition, Texas A&M Aggies have surged in front in the two-day Island Relays Bahamas at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex.

Friday, March 17

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Three arrests after armed robbery, shootout with police

Three men known to police were arrested on Friday after an armed robbery led to a chase and a shootout between police officers and suspects.

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Police Force receives 10 new SUVs donated by US

A fleet of 10 new SUVs was given to the Royal Bahamas Police Force on Friday, outfitted with the latest technology to aid in the fight against crime.

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Ground broken on $15m solar farm project

LUCAYA Solar Power Ltd. officially broke ground on its $15m solar farm project in Freeport on Friday.

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Cynthia Mother Pratt Foundation donates supplies to Ministry of Health

“HUNDREDS” of cleaning supplies and utensils were donated to The Ministry of Health for clinics and other facilities throughout The Bahamas on Friday, from the Cynthia Mother Pratt Foundation, with help from supporters and sponsors in the United States.

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Grantee Excellence Award for Waterkeepers Bahamas

WATERKEEPERS Bahamas (WKB) received a ‘Grantee Excellence Award’ for its outstanding contribution to community engagement through its Dover Sound mangrove restoration work.

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03172023 EDITION

Friday, 17th March, 2023.

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Clubs and Societies: 17th March, 2023.

Abaco Strong Abaco Strong holds its next Abaco Farmers Market at Treasure Cay Park tomorrow from 9am-2pm.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: New mooring hotspot at Montagu, but are there plans to accommodate?

A STRANGE phenomenon has been taking place in Montagu Bay in recent months, growing exponentially in recent weeks.

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ONE ELEUTHERA FOUNDATION – Food Independence: Plan ahead by preserving your gardens produce

IN MY last article, I wrote about becoming more “food independent” as a nation by growing our own food at home and by supporting local agriculture. I was pleased by the feedback I received from people inspired to start or revive their home gardens.

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'Bahamas refused entry to my girlfriend and her sister thinking they were sex workers'

AFTER two Moldovan women were refused entry to The Bahamas at Lynden Pindling International Airport, the boyfriend of one has turned to the international media to complain that officials here assumed the pair were sex workers.

EDITORIAL: Hanna Martin standing by her words

VERY often in public life, we see our leaders take the politically expedient option.

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GBPA signs $15m solar farm deal

A $15M SOLAR farm will be constructed on Grand Bahama, making it the first of its kind in The Bahamas.

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Amendments to Procurement Act good, but there’s still opportunity for strengthening

THE executive director of the Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG) supports government’s plans to reform the Public Procurement Act, saying that there is still opportunity for strengthening.

CPC concerned some Bay Street stores overcharging tourists

THE Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) is concerned that some Bay Street businesses are targeting tourists and overcharging them for items they had agreed to purchase at a certain price.

Mom and pop shops biggest violators of price control

PRICE control inspectors have found that “mom and pop stores” are the biggest violators of price control regulations, according to senior inspector Theodore Curry yesterday.

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Genesis Academy hosting a two-day national pride event for independence celebration

GENESIS Academy hosted the first of two days of national pride events in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bahamian independence yesterday.

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DPM: ‘Three credible offers’ for Lucayan

Three “credible offers” to acquire the Grand Lucayan resort are presently being studied, the deputy prime minister said yesterday, as he and others touted $1bn worth of investments being “in the pipeline” for Grand Bahama.

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‘Air cargo hub’ ambition for GB’s $200m airport

The deputy prime minister yesterday unveiled a $200m Grand Bahama International Airport redevelopment that aims to ultimately transform the facility into an international “air cargo hub” for the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Port chief eyeing Abaco power cable connection

The Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) president yesterday suggested running an electricity cable between his island and Abaco as a way to “stabilise” electricity costs and bring rates down.

Property value boost drives insurer’s 39% profit increase

A $3.2m gain from revaluing its property assets enabled Bahamas First to shrug off a decline in its core insurance underwriting business and post a 39 percent total comprehensive income increase for the 2022 full-year.

$200m airport deal means GB ‘not dead in the water’

A prominent Freeport attorney yesterday hailed the “lifeline” provided by Grand Bahama airport’s imminent $200m redevelopment, saying: “We’d be doubly dead in the water without it.”

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Some MPs have not yet disclosed

TWO weeks after the March 1 deadline, Public Disclosure Commission chairman Bishop Victor Cooper said officials are still waiting for some parliamentarians to complete their filings.

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‘When not if’ on marital rape law

DISCUSSIONS on the proposed Sexual Offences Act continue with State Minister Lisa Rahming indicating it is not a matter of “if” but “when” the act will be passed.

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Smith still pursuing PI lighthouse project

BAHAMIAN entrepreneur Toby Smith said yesterday he still wants to move forward with his Paradise Island lighthouse project despite the ongoing challenges he has faced.

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MINISTER STILL NO TO RCI DEAL: Hanna Martin has not changed view on $110m beach club

EDUCATION Minister Glenys Hanna Martin revealed yesterday her views have not changed on Royal Caribbean International’s $110m project for Paradise Island, saying she did not support it during the Minnis administration and her opinion remains the same.

Corporal punishment

The Tribune reported on March 15 that one of the students of the Bimini Primary School who was “violently” spanked by a police officer is too traumatised to go back to school.

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RBDF’s Annual Church Service Sunday at TAR National Stadium

AS their contribution to the celebrations of the Oaktree Medical Center’s 50th CARIFTA Games, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force will hold their Annual Church Service 2pm Sunday at Thomas A Robinson National Stadium, followed by the parade through the streets.

Bahamas Kidney Association to host fun run/walk this Saturday

THE Bahamas Kidney Association (BKA) will host a fun run/walk tomorrow (March 18) at 6:30am on Goodman’s Bay.

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CARIFTA exhibition puts the past 50 years on display

LOCAL Organising Committee chief executive officer Lynden Maycock said he’s extremely pleased with how the exhibition of the past 50 years of the CARIFTA Games is coming together in the old war bunker in the parking lot opposite the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium.

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Island Relays Bahamas Spring University Track & Field Invitational this weekend in Grand Bahama

ALL six of the universities from the United States of America are now in Freeport, Grand Bahama to participate in Island Relays Bahamas Spring University Track and Field Invitational this weekend at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex.

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First Class Promotions returns after 10-year hiatus

FIRST Class Promotions will host the first all-female boxing match in The Bahamas and Caribbean at 8pm on Friday, March 31 at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium.

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Under-14 division created for High School Track & Field Nationals/CARIFTA Trials

With the CARIFTA Trials & High School National Track and Field Championships set to take place in a combined event on March 25-27, some parents criticised the organisers’ decision to remove the under-15 division.

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Shockers top Mingoes 72-68 in OT

NEW PROVIDENCE BASKETBALL ASSOC. PLAYOFFS

THE University of the Bahamas Mingoes men’s basketball team came back from down 10 points to force overtime against the Caro Construction Shockers but could not pull off the NPBA playoff win.

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Man to pay $1,000 fine for stolen iPhone

A MAN was fined $1,000 in court yesterday after he admitted to illegally entering a woman’s home and stealing her iPhone.

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Gun was taken from fighting neighbours

A 20-YEAR-OLD man was sent to the department of correctional services yesterday to await sentencing after admitting to having a gun that he says he took from his fighting neighbours earlier this week.

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Escaped pregnant teenager sent to BDCS

A PREGNANT teenager was sent to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services after she admitted to escaping custody last week while she was being housed at the Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls.

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Bigamist sentenced to one year of prison

A MAN was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday after he admitted to charges of entering into a fraudulent marriage while he was still legally married to someone else.

Happy St Patrick’s Day

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day andIt’s Saint Patrick’s Day and Everyone is Irish today

Promiscuity is to be lauded?

I was hoping not to get mired publicly in this issue, but the more I watch the revolution and revocation of forbidden sexual attraction and practices, the more I begin to question the philosophical, familial and societal implication of the alphabet agenda community.

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IAN FERGUSON: Navigating through five life cycle stages

Every new micro and small business that grows into a medium-sized enterprise goes through five stages of evolution. These phases include existence, survival, success, take-off and resource maturity. All stages of small business growth come with challenges that every company has to overcome.

Thursday, March 16

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03162023 EDITION

Thursday, 16th March, 2023.

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STATESIDE: Are recent provocative events a justification for escalation?

YESTERDAY’S headlines reported that Russian military jets damaged an American spy drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday. Two words immediately came to mind: casus belli. That’s Latin for “cause or justification for war”.

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FRONT PORCH: What’s going on at BTC?

IT IS telling and disturbing the number and drumbeat of Bahamians dissatisfied and frustrated with the often poor and inconsistent quality of service by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC). The number of upset customers seems as voluminous as the white pages of a printed directory.

While MPs argue for their removal, BPPBA says all Montagu stalls are licenced

A GOVERNMENT minister yesterday said that stalls on Montagu Beach that have been the centre of concern for residents are not authorised - despite the assertions of the managing director of the Bahamas Public Parks and Beaches Authority (BPPBA) to the contrary.

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‘Time has come’ for conversation on corporal punishment in schools

AFTER a police officer allegedly beat several Bimini Primary School students, Education Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin said “the time has come” for a conversation about corporal punishment in schools.

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Minnis says PM is ‘out of depth’ as Minister of Finance

FORMER Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis threw darts at Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis yesterday, calling the Davis administration a “do-as-you-like” government amid frequent inconsistencies in governance.

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PM: Procurement bill will allow for greater management and transparency

PRIME Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis led debate on the Public Procurement Bill and Public Finance Management Bill in the House of Assembly yesterday, telling parliamentarians that the legislation, once enacted, will allow for improved government financial management and greater transparency.

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Atlantis, cruise port: ‘Room’ for PI lighthouse restoration

Atlantis and the Nassau Cruise Port both say there is “room” for a restored Paradise Island lighthouse to provide an “iconic” visitor experience and boost New Providence’s status as a tourism destination.

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Kwasi Thompson: IMF holds ‘serious concern’ on fiscal reforms

The Opposition’s finance spokesman yesterday asserted that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had voiced “serious concerns” over legal reforms that seemingly reduce the Fiscal Responsibility Council’s (FRC) independence.

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New Procurement Act to end large firm ‘dominance’

The Prime Minister yesterday said the Government’s digital procurement platform has generated $2.6m savings in just four months since its launch as he slammed his predecessors for giving large firms “dominance” in contract awards.

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Gov’ts Central Bank debt soars 85% on IMF SDRs

The Government’s controversial borrowing of IMF special drawing rights (SDRs) reversed five years of decline by causing its net debt to the Central Bank to soar by 85.4 percent to $805.6m.

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Escaped pregnant teen recaptured by police

A PREGNANT teen, who is a resident of the Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls was arrested by police on Tuesday after escaping custody last week.

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Coleby-Davis: Navigational lighting and buoys project to start soon

TRANSPORT and Housing Minister Jobeth Coleby-Davis told boaters that a major project will soon commence for the installation of navigational lighting and buoys throughout the country.

Cancer cases on the rise since pandemic

THERE has been a rise in cancer since the COVID-19 pandemic with more younger women being affected recently, according to a physician from the Bahamas Cancer Society.

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50 events planned for 50th Independence

SOME 50 events and 242 initiatives are planned for The Bahamas’ 50th independence celebrations, according to the official calendar of events released digitally to the public yesterday.

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Sir Franklyn: Gas woe ‘won’t cripple country’

FOCOL’s chairman yesterday said he was “very confident a solution will be found” to the Bahamian petroleum industry’s financial woes, and added: “This will not be fatal to the country.”

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LANISHA ROLLE CHARGED IN $750K FRAUD: Former minister faces bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud charges

FORMER Cabinet minister Lanisha Rolle was granted bail yesterday after being taken to court to face allegations that she fraudulently awarded contracts in excess of $750,000 while in office.

All Aboard! Bahamasair flying athletes in for CARIFTA Games

When most of the athletes and delegates come in from throughout the Caribbean for the Oaktree Medical Center’s 50th CARIFTA Games, they will be catching three comfortable, chartered 138-seat flights by Bahamasair.

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WBSC WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: Great Britain eliminated, but Bahamians shine on big stage

THE Bahamian-led Great Britain team gave it all they had, but their 2-1 loss to Mexico on Tuesday night eliminated them from further competition in the World Baseball Softball Confederation 2023 World Baseball Classic in Phoenix, Arizona.

BASRA appeals for duty exemption on boating safety equipment

AFTER seeing so many lives needlessly lost at sea, a Grand Bahama BASRA official is calling on government to allow for safety equipment to be imported duty free for Bahamian boaters.

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Three young men granted bail on firearm, stealing and causing harm charges

THREE Freeport men were arraigned on firearm and ammunition possession charges, stealing and causing harm yesterday.

‘Compelling reasons’ absent over public finance reforms

THE OPPOSITION’S finance spokesman yesterday urged the Davis administration to provide more “compelling reasons” to justify reforming the Public Financial Management Act 2021.

PM: Halting gov’t waste remains ‘a high priority’

THE PRIME Minister yesterday pledged that eliminating waste of taxpayer monies is a “high priority” while blasting legislation passed under the former Minnis administration as “unworkable”.

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Jack Hayward and Tabernacle Baptist emerge as junior, senior GBSSA track and field champions

THE Jack Hayward Wildcats and the Tabernacle Baptist Falcons emerged as the junior and senior high winners of the Grand Bahama Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s 2023 Fidelity Bank Track and Field Championships.

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More sponsors ‘jump on CARIFTA bandwagon’

THE Local Organising Committee for the Oaktree Medical Center’s 50th CARIFTA Games welcomed a few more partners to ensure the ninth hosting of the biggest regional junior track and field competition turns out to be a tremendous success.

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Bahamas men’s beach volleyball team seeks financial support

THE Bahamas men’s beach volleyball team, consisting of primarily Jon Issacs and Eugene Stuart, are seeking financial sponsorship for their upcoming international beach volleyball season.

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Man granted $2,500 bail on hemp and cocaine charge

A MAN was granted bail in Magistrate’s Court yesterday after it was alleged he was found with a quantity of cocaine and Indian hemp.

‘Good morning, I’m Ed Bethel’

“Silence! Silence? In this house”,

Economist is wrong - again

FOR those of us who are accustomed to Caribbean economist Marla Dukharan’s frequently off-base and usually disproved observations about the nature and prospects of the Bahamian economy, her comments at Tuesday’s RF Economic Outlook were of little surprise.

Wednesday, March 15

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03152023 EDITION

Wednesday, 15th March, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Acknowledgement of wrongdoing needed in Commonwealth charter

MONDAY was Commonwealth Day, observed by countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific, and Europe, and it was the start of a week-long schedule of events. The theme for Commonwealth Day 2023 was “Forging a sustainable and peaceful common future”.

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RBDF aggressively recruiting new officers

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force is aggressively recruiting new officers and is in the process of expanding the agency’s fleet, according to RBDF Commodore Raymond King yesterday.

EDITORIAL: The dangerous side of marijuana

THE words of Dr Tameka Johnson-Dames deserve to be listened to.

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Tributes paid for iconic journalist Ed Bethel

TRIBUTES continued to pour out for veteran journalist Eldred “Ed” Bethel yesterday, with the Free National Movement and Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas remembering the media legend.

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Psychiatrist calls on govt to consider resources for mental illness in marijuana legislation

WITH officials said to be finalising marijuana legislation, a local psychiatrist has called on the government to prioritise providing sufficient resources for those with mental illnesses, which she found could progress to a chronic psychotic illness with substance abuse.

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PM says PI’s lighthouse developer must reapply

The Bahamian entrepreneur seeking to invest $2m to restore Paradise Island’s lighthouse was yesterday invited by the Prime Minister to reapply for government approval of his project.

Gas station operator’s relief faith ‘now 120%’

A gas station operator yesterday said his faith was now “120 percent” restored over the Government’s intention to provide relief for the sector’s plight following Monday’s meeting with the Prime Minister.

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Munroe: Investigating officer on alleged student beatings

A POLICE officer who allegedly beat students at the Bimini Primary School has been transferred, National Security Minister Wayne Munroe said yesterday, adding that police will investigate the incident if there’s a report of a criminal offence.

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Union protests over alleged victimisation at BTVI

MEMBERS of the Bahamas General Workers Union employed at Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) yesterday stood in solidarity against the alleged victimisation of union members.

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Bahamas could gain $140m from 15% minimum taxation

The Bahamas could earn $140m in revenue from the global tax crackdown on major multinationals, a Cabinet minister disclosed yesterday, while suggesting the initiative is the first step towards “one tax rate for all”.

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PI project concern over ‘compelling opportunity’

A senior Atlantis executive yesterday warned that concerns over Royal Caribbean’s Paradise Island project could harm downtown Nassau’s revival and “the most compelling real estate opportunity in The Bahamas” if not resolved.

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Economic conference looks to ‘way forward’

DOZENS of regional and international experts attended the annual RF Bank and Trust Economic Outlook at Baha Mar resort yesterday, with Economic Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis giving the opening remarks.

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Meeting with fuel retailers was ‘fruitful’

AFTER meeting with gas retailers on Monday to discuss their concerns amid rising costs, Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis said he believes the discussions with the group were “fruitful” and added he is hopeful that his administration will be able to reach within the next two weeks an amicable solution for the benefit of all.

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Pintard very optimistic on FNM’s future

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard said yesterday every political organisation has challenges, showing optimism that his party will overcome its own obstacles.

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PM answers critics over govt approval

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis addressed criticism of government’s approval of Royal Caribbean International’s $110m beach club project on Paradise Island.

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ATLANTIS: DEAL WITH CONCERNS HEAD ON – RCI urged to address environment worries for $100m beach club

A senior Atlantis executive yesterday urged Royal Caribbean to tackle “head on” the concerns raised over its $100m Paradise Island beach club by providing “a more robust” Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

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Xavion Johnson wins another judo tournament

IT was another big weekend for Xavion Johnson, only this time he added the open divisional crown to his continued dominance of the under-18 boys’ division at the 2023 Edmonton International Judo Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday.

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HUBERT EDWARDS: Create environment private sector ‘can sink teeth into’

There are two important points in time to reflect on. First, the 2022 Fiscal Strategy Report (FSR) emerged after the half-way point of the current fiscal year.

‘First in a long time’: Minister hails primary budget surplus

A CABINET minister yesterday hailed the mid-year Budget’s $4.9m primary surplus as “the first in a very long time” and a signal that The Bahamas is no longer having to borrow to pay interest on its existing debt.

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GIANTS ROUT REBELS 121-67: Commonwealth Bank earn 1-0 lead in playoff series

The Commonwealth Bank Giants completely outmatched the division one Rebels in their first game of the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) playoffs. The matchup started off competitive in the first quarter with the Giants only beating the Rebels 27-24 to end the first period of basketball between the two.

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New Lively Hope Baptist Church crowned winners of Bahamas Baptist Association’s inaugural basketball tournament

NEW Lively Hope Baptist Church was crowned the winners of the Bahamas Baptist Association’s inaugural Basketball Tournament.

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Regulators beat UB Mingoes, 76-63

THE University of The Bahamas men’s basketball team dropped to the Leno Regulators 76-63 in an inconsequential New Providence Basketball Association game Saturday night at The A.F. Adderley Gym.

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CV Bethel Stingrays senior girls win Bahamas Scholastic Association title

THE CV Bethel Stingrays added the Bahamas Scholastic Association title to the one they won at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s Father Marcian Peters Invitational.

BFA celebrates International Women’s Day with launch of new women’s football league logo

THE Bahamas Football Association celebrated International Women’s Day this past weekend with the social media release and launch of the new Bahamas Women’s Football League logo.

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‘Tweedy’ and Blue Devils fall to Broncos in title game

VERONAYE ‘Tweedy’ Charlton put up a gallant effort, but it wasn’t enough to lead her Norcross Blue Devils past the Brookwood Broncos in the Georgia Girls State 7A Basketball Championship game.

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Man caught with Indian hemp receives $500 fine

A MAN who admitted having 18 grams of Indian hemp was fined in court yesterday.

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$1,400 fine for man for not charging monitoring device

A MAN on bail for murder was fined $1,400 in court yesterday after he admitted to failing to charge his electronic monitoring device (EMD) twice this month.

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No bail for murder suspect on two armed robberies

A MAN was remanded accused of two armed robberies in Nassau last week while on bail for an attempted murder charge.

Living up to nation’s Constitution

Greetings and thank you for the space in your publication to unveil the following events of concern to The Bahamian people, I appreciate it.

Stop child sex abuse

Across generations in this country, children have carried the weight of sexual abuse often by themselves.

Tuesday, March 14

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03142023 EDITION

Tuesday, 14th March, 2023.

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PETER YOUNG: Sunak’s EU handling has granted him some authority as ‘a problem-solver’

AS THE international news cycle moves on relentlessly, its spotlight is also always changing. In Britain during the last two weeks, the UK government’s new proposals agreed with the European Union for settling Northern Ireland’s post- Brexit trading arrangements dominated the front pages.

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FACE TO FACE: Reuben ‘Ruppa Pumpum’ Deleveaux, a legendary Bahamian drummer

HAVE you ever heard a Bahamian conch shell blown like a true horn, filled with melodic notes?

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BUT president says Abaco school ‘needs special attention’

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said a “band-aid” approach will not settle the “myriad” of problems at Patrick J Bethel High School, saying the union is very concerned about the ongoing school violence.

EDITORIAL: Cautious reaction to RCI proposal

THE issues surrounding the approval of the Royal Caribbean beach club deal for Paradise Island are not as simple as a yes or a no.

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DRA internal investigations to be handed over to police

DISASTER Reconstruction Authority executive chairman Alex Storr said a number of internal investigations at the agency will soon be turned over to police for further action.

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US donates generators and reverse osmosis systems to NEMA for shelters

THE United States government donated 28 generators that will be deployed to shelters in seven Family Islands and six reverse osmosis systems.

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Few straw vendors fully support the re-opening of Bay Street Straw Market

THE Bay Street Straw Market opened on a full-time basis yesterday, however some vendors are strongly opposed to the move, likening it to “Friday the 13th”.

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FNM Senator ‘deeply disturbed’ by recent rape and incest cases

FREE National Movement Senator Maxine Seymour said she is “deeply disturbed” by the recent arrest of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force officer for alleged sexual abuse of a minor, adding that all offenders must be punished “even if they wear uniforms”.

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Pandemic saw increase in gambling disorders, especially among women

THERE was an increase in gambling disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic with women being the most affected, according to a physician from the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.

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FNM leader excited for CARIFTA tournament

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard and Deputy leader Shanendon Cartwright made sure that the opposition party was fully on board supporting the youth of the nation for the Oaktree Medical Center’s 50th CARIFTA Games.

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BISX-listed fund targets storage drive to $100m

A BISX-listed fund is entering New Providence’s warehouse and storage space market to help drive ambitions of more than doubling in scale to some $100m in assets.

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‘Last peaceful settlement’s’ fears over 163-unit project

Adelaide residents yesterday voiced fears that a proposed 163-unit multi-family residential project will “destroy the last peaceful settlement we have in New Providence” if approved by government regulators.

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Ex-PM: Royal Caribbean’s PI deal ‘watering down’ GB

Dr Hubert Minnis says he will be “watching very closely” to see who gains the contract to ferry Royal Caribbean’s passengers to a Paradise Island project he would have approved only when the cruise line closed in Freeport.

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‘Excessive traffic’ behind Saturday’s airline delays

A Bahamian aviation operator yesterday said “excessive traffic volume” was to blame for weekend delays at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) that resulted in some travellers missing flights or their connections.

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Chamber chief queries vacation rental ‘policing’

Abaco’s Chamber of Commerce president has questioned how the Government will “police” the vacation rental industry given that enforcement is “not one of our strong suits”.

Davis gives address at church’s National General Convention

PRIME Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis with several members of his Cabinet last night attended the 97th Biennial National General Convention of The Church of God of Prophecy.

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Journalism giant Ed Bethel dies aged 82

VETERAN journalist Eldred “Ed” Bethel died yesterday at the age of 82.

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Sampson Cay to get new $25m resort

DAYS after signing a heads of agreement for a resort development in the Exuma cays, the Davis administration yesterday sealed another deal for the island that will allow for the construction of a high-end, low-impact resort that is slated to be built on Big Sampson Cay.

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‘One rate increase in 50 years is not sustainable’

MONEY owed by delinquent businesses will not save the National Insurance Board fund, Minister of State with responsibility for NIB Myles Laroda said yesterday, adding that many companies that are behind on contributions are small businesses.

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Govt spoke with fuel retailers on margins

THE government has agreed to “explore other avenues” with fuel retailers to help bring them some relief while not increasing the cost of gasoline at the pumps for consumers, the Office of the Prime Minister said yesterday.

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‘PM MUST EXPLAIN U-TURN OVER RCI’: Pintard wants PM to be ‘complete and frank’ on the sudden change

FREE National Movement Leader Michael Pintard has called on Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis to give a full explanation for his about turn regarding the recent approval of Royal Caribbean International’s $110m beach club project on Paradise Island.

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RF Conference returns in-person after four years

A BAHAMIAN investment bank will today stage its first in-person Economic Outlook conference for four years following the interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Positive but cautious over COVID recovery

Based on reports to-date, The Bahamas’ economic recovery, performance and fiscal consolidation is trending well. While largely driven by the post-COVID recovery, the current administration is to be commended for marshalling the improvement. It appears to be getting a number of things right, especially in the tourism and investment portfolio led by deputy prime minister, Chester Cooper.

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Junior golfers are crowned champions

After picking up a second-place finish, Alex Dupuch said he just wanted to make sure he finally won his first Bahamas Golf Federation junior national golf championship title before he made his exit.

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Special Olympics in CARIFTA mix

THE Oaktree Medical Center’s 50th CARIFTA Games over the Easter holiday weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium will have a special element to its line up with the inclusion of Special Olympics Bahamas.

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World Baseball Classic: Great Britain in the win column

AFTER losing their first two games of the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s 2023 World Baseball Classic, Great Britain, with its Bahamian connection, has finally gotten in the win column.

Final CARIFTA trials, Junior National High School Track & Field March 25-27

IN an unprecedented move, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will hold a Junior National High School Track and Field Championships and Final CARIFTA Trials.

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Get Your Rear in Gear hosts another successful fun run walk in year two

THE Colon Cancer Coalition hosted yet another successful Get Your Rear in Gear (GYRIG) event in memory of the late Andrea Darville and to raise awareness for colon cancer in The Bahamas.

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Mario Ford Baseball Camp returns to the field

THE Mario Ford Baseball camp made its return to Windsor Park this past weekend. It was the group’s first session back on the field as the young men looked to learn basic baseball fundamentals and skills.

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Police investigate fight that led to stabbing

A MAN is in hospital after being stabbed on Sunday night.

Off limits to Bahamians

I would like to add my voice to those of Joseph Darville, Claude B Hanna and Audry Oswell over the appalling decision by our Prime Minister to permit RCI to develop the western end of Paradise Island.

New jobs needed for a new world

The country’s social and economic progress has mainly been propelled thanks to the tourism and hospitality sector.

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Fox Hill double-homicide suspect not granted bail

A MAN was remanded after being accused of the double homicide in Fox Hill last week.

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$4,000 fine for failure to charge electronic monitor

A MAN was fined $4,000 in court yesterday after he admitted to failing to charge his electronic monitoring device (EMD) while on bail for murder.

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Man denied bail in sex abuse case involving 12-year-old

A 27-YEAR-OLD man was remanded yesterday accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl two years ago.

Monday, March 13

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03132023 HOME BUYER'S GUIDE

Monday, 13th March, 2023.

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03102023 WEEKEND

Friday, 10th March, 2023.

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03132023 EDITION

Monday, 13th March, 2023.

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THE KDK REPORT: The wind blows west, part 2

AT ANY given moment, life is like a revolving door. Where you emerge determines your choices. Decisions you make set your course of opportunities or challenges. But with every challenge comes the possibility of loss. And if there is a loss, is there a lesson that will give birth to new beginnings? Then with hard work, wisdom and luck, will blessings someday follow?

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Two armed carjackings reported over the weekend

POLICE are currently investigating two armed carjackings that occurred in Nassau over the weekend.

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Marion Bethel plays pivotal role in two landmark human rights cases

A BAHAMIAN human rights expert has played a pivotal role in two landmark human rights cases heard by the United Nations.

EDITORIAL: Bethel’s work a credit to The Bahamas

LAST week saw the celebration of International Women’s Day.

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INSIGHT: RCI deal on PI is approved - but concerns remain

THE news around the approval of the Royal Caribbean project on Paradise Island has been peculiar to say the least.

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King Charles III and Governor General hail Commonwealth Day

THE Commonwealth has a "near-boundless potential as a force for good", King Charles III has said in a message today for Commonwealth Day, while the Governor General of The Bahamas has also released a message to mark the occasion.

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Petroleum retailer: Gov’t says ‘they want us to fail’

A gas station operator yesterday suggested a six-month job swap with a Cabinet minister so the latter can gain a full understanding of the industry’s plight, adding: “He’s telling us he wants us to fail.”

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Hotels strike ‘glass ceiling’ on 15-20% room shortage

The Bahamas may be unable to fully meet tourism demand for 12-18 months due to a room shortage caused by up to 15-20 percent of available inventory being taken offline, a senior hotelier has revealed.

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Several women-led community outreaches receive honour from Ann Marie Davis

IN CELEBRATION of International Women’s Day last week, the Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister, led by Ann Marie Davis along with Minister of State for Social Services and Urban Development Lisa Rahming visited various women-led community outreach organisations.

Bahamas on track, but ‘slow spending faster’

The Bahamas must produce “a faster slowdown on spending” to ensure it hits the revised $575.4m full-year deficit target and other key fiscal goals, a major international financial services group is urging.

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‘Absolutely not worried’ by Royal Caribbean’s PI plan

Nassau Cruise Port’s top executive says he is “absolutely not worried” about Royal Caribbean’s $100m Paradise Island project sucking away passengers to the detriment of his facility and other Bahamian-owned businesses.

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Gas retailers plea for govt change of heart

THE vice president of the Bahamas Petroleum Dealers Association is pleading with  government to reconsider its position on not granting retailers a margin increase, calling on Economic Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis to have a “change of heart”.

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ACTIVIST QUESTIONS IMPACT OF RCI DEAL: Darville says PI is back to being ‘hog’ island with profits put first

FOLLOWING the approval of Royal Caribbean International’s $110m beach club project on Paradise Island, a local activist has questioned the environmental impacts the development will have.

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BTC hosts International Women’s Day ‘Watch Party’

BTC hosted a “Watch Party” for International Women’s Day last Wednesday - with staff able to join in seminars hosted by BTC and its parent company, Liberty Latin America.

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Managing our personal finances

ActivTrades

Financial literacy and emotional control matter at least as much as income in determining how wealthy someone is likely to become. Managing money can be a challenge for many people, regardless of their income level. The reasons for this are complex, but one key factor is the role of emotions in financial decision-making.

Air arrivals 100,000 off pre-COVID in ‘22

Air arrivals to The Bahamas in 2022 fell just 100,000 short of the 1.6m received in 2019 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut tourism down for much of 2020 and 2021, it was revealed yesterday.

Capacity concerns driving 14 Out Island airport bids

Many Family Island airports “no longer meet” growing tourist and airline demands, the Government’s top aviation official said yesterday, as he justified the rationale for putting 14 locations out to bid.

Online civil registry disabled to help ‘protect data integrity’

The Attorney General has revealed online access to the civil registry at the Registrar General’s Department was shut down “to preserve the integrity of the data” that it holds.

Bahamas ‘on track’ for October EU delisting

The Attorney General says The Bahamas is “on track” to address the deficiencies that led to its renewed blacklisting by the European Union (EU) with the 27-country bloc set to “review” this nation’s progress in August.

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DEREK SMITH: Silicon Valley Bank’s failure shows risk management key

As a governance, risk and compliance professional, I must emphasise the importance of establishing a solid risk management framework to protect against possible catastrophic corporate failures. The current business environment is constantly evolving, and new risks are emerging. Therefore, adopting a robust risk management strategy is essential to protecting businesses from future uncertainties.

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NPBA playoffs start today

THE New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) playoffs is set to commence 7pm tonight at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium between the division one and two teams.

Mingoes, Regulators advance to NPBA playoffs

THE University of The Bahamas men’s basketball team dropped to the Leno Regulators 76-63 in an inconsequential New Providence Basketball Association game Saturday night at The A.F. Adderley Gym.

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Bahamian players suit up for Great Britain, suffer two losses in World Baseball Classic

GREAT Britain, stacked with a group of Bahamian coaches and players, suffered their first two losses over the weekend in Pool C of the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s 2023 World Baseball Classic at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

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BAARK! for 10th Annual Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon

BAARK! - Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness - completed its 10th Annual Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon on March 5 and it was a resounding success.

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Athletes on track overseas

THE National Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2023 Indoor Track and Field Championship in Albuquerque, Minnesota over the weekend turned out to be a specular show for Grand Bahamian sprinter Terrance Jones and versatile Charisma Taylor from New Providence.

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LAMAR MAKES HISTORY: First Bahamian swimmer to win NCAA triple crown

It was an historic weekend for Lamar Taylor as he posted a hat trick in winning three national titles at the 2023 National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s & Women’s Division II Swimming & Diving Championships.

Community rally at Joe Billy Park Wednesday

A COMMUNITY empowerment rally will be held on Wednesday in Joe Billy Park, on Fowler Street, off East Street.

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Air traffic delays possibly caused by ‘system challenges’

LYNDEN Pindling International Airport flight departures and arrivals were reportedly delayed due to system challenges at air traffic control.

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Emmanuel Baptist Church opens new computer lab and afterschool programme

A NEW computer lab and after school learning programme was officially opened at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in East End, Grand Bahama on Saturday.

PI is back to being ‘hog island’

THIS is an open letter to the Right Honourable Prime Minister Philip Davis, the members of his Cabinet, all current MPs and aspiring politicians in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Approval of Royal Caribbean’s proposal

KINDLY permit me the opportunity to publicly express my views on the recent decision by the gov- ernment to give approval to Royal Caribbean Interna- tional (RCI) to develop its privatevacationenclaveon Paradise Island.

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Man’s body found in water, foul play is not suspected

POLICE pulled a man’s submerged body from the water at Woodes Rodgers Walk on Friday.

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CR Walker Knights win seventh straight GSSSA championship

The C.R. Walker Knights brought home their seventh straight Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) track and field championship.

Friday, March 10

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03102023 EDITION

Friday, 10th March, 2023.

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Donna Vasyli 'plans to spend time with her family' after acquittal

AFTER being acquitted of the murder of her husband after a more than five-year long court battle, Donna Vasyli plans to spend time with her family before deciding what she wants to do with her life, according to one of her attorneys.

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Police investigate after man found dead on Faith Avenue South

POLICE are investigating after a man was found dead on Faith Avenue south on Friday.

Bahamas Red Cross Society looking ahead to 79th annual fair

THE Bahamas Red Cross Society is on the road to celebrate its 79th annual Red Cross Fair, and the organisation is encouraging the public to support the cultural event.

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Woman ordered to attend drug counselling

A WOMAN was ordered by the court to attend drug counselling on Friday after she admitted to having $495 worth of drugs and drug-laced candies.

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Man jailed for having loaded gun

A MAN from Andros was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday after he admitted to having a loaded gun on the Family Island.

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$4,000 fine for violation of bail conditions

A MAN was fined $4,000 on Friday after he admitted to failing to charge his electronic monitoring device (EMD) while on bail accused of abetment to murder.

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University of the Bahamas appoints two board of trustees members, deputy leader

THE University of the Bahamas (UB) has appointed two members of its board of trustees - as well as appointing a deputy leader.

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Clubs and Societies

THE Bahamas Red Cross Society Annual Fair is back. After three years of not being able to hold this popular Bahamian tradition, the 79th Annual Red Cross Fair will celebrate in unison with the country as the country celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: The mystery of the missing medical test

THERE must be a million medical tests out there. You can check your blood type, heart rate, hearing loss, even your vestibular, whatever that is.

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The story of the aircraft lost in The Bahamas

TRIBUNE readers may recall fifteen articles about Mailboats of the Bahamas in 2016. This new series about World War Two aircraft discoveries in our archipelago is similar, except the history is less static and more tactile.

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Room capacity challenges as tourism numbers grow

TOURISM numbers are looking very promising ahead of spring break, according to Ministry of Tourism deputy director general Dr Kenneth Romer, who cited room capacity as a major challenge because of high hotel occupancy levels.

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Govt ‘sympathetic’ to gas retailers plight but not minded to grant margin increase

ECONOMIC Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis yesterday said the government is “not minded” to do anything that will increase the cost of fuel at the pump, but added that the Davis administration is “sympathetic” to the concerns raised by members of the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association.

Report: Dire warning for The Bahamas if temps rise by 1.5 degrees celsius

THE country faces the threat of intensified tropical cyclones, sea level rise and declining freshwater resources if global temperatures exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, a new report has warned.

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Documented migrants to be identified as govt proceeds

INSISTING that the government intends to move “methodically” when addressing the issue of shanty towns, Press Secretary Clint Watson confirmed yesterday that the process to identify documented residents living in the unregulated communities has already started.

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Officials pay tribute to iconic hotelier and entrepreneur George Myers

TRIBUTES were made to former hotelier and “iconic” businessman George Myers at his state recognised memorial yesterday, with Prime Minister Philip Davis and other officials praising his tremendous contributions to the tourism industry.

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Minister: Out Island property tax for locals ‘will not happen’

A Cabinet minister yesterday “removed the fear” of many Family Islanders that real property tax was about to be levied on Bahamian-owned properties by pledging “authoritatively it will not happen”.

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Sir Franklyn: Gas retailers have ‘made case for relief’

FOCOL’s chairman yesterday agreed that Bahamian petroleum retailers have “made their case for immediate relief” despite a Cabinet minister dismissing any prospect of an increase in gasoline and diesel margins.

Bahamas to be Caribbean ‘sustainable airport leader’

The Bahamas “is uniquely positioned to become a regional leader” in sustainable airport development through putting 14 such facilities out to public-private partnership (PPP) bids, a senior tourism official asserted yesterday.

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Stopovers beat pre-COVID for first time in January ‘23

Monthly air arrivals exceeded pre-COVID figures for the first time in January 2023, a senior tourism official said yesterday, while revealing that stranded or in-transit passengers have been unable to find hotel rooms in Nassau.

Economic optimism ‘should be tempered with discipline’ says Halkitis

WHILE acknowledging the increase in government revenue, Economic Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis said optimism in the country’s economic growth should be tempered with discipline.

Chinese Embassy counters US claims (Updated with US statement)

THE CHINESE Embassy in The Bahamas has countered claims over the size of its embassy in the nation – and about its mission in The Bahamas.

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Sands says FNM lawyers giving legal advice

THE Free National Movement is currently taking legal advice after a Supreme Court injunction was granted against party leader Michael Pintard and chairman Dr Duane Sands, barring them from prohibiting and interfering with Richard Johnson as he carries out his duties as FNM vice chairman.

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Davis’ change of view on RCI ‘due to revised plans’

PRESS secretary Clint Watson said Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis’ earlier position on Royal Caribbean International’s proposed Royal Beach Club project when he was in opposition was “based on what the circumstances were at the time”, claiming Mr Davis changed his mind after the cruise line revised its initial development plans.

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Atlantis: ‘Put the brakes on’ Royal Caribbean’s PI deal

Atlantis’ top executive last night warned that approval of Royal Caribbean’s $110m Paradise Island project is “premature” and urged Bahamians to call on the Government to “put the brakes on”.

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Zero carbon resort deal signed for Exuma

OFFICIALS signed a heads of agreement yesterday for the newest state-of-the-art resort development in the Exuma Cays.

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DONNA VASYLI IS ACQUITTED: Jury clears Australian accused of murdering husband in Old Fort Bay

DONNA Vasyli was said to be “overwhelmed with joy” after she was acquitted of murder last night in the retrial for the 2015 stabbing death of her millionaire podiatrist husband Philip Vasyli.

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CH Reeves Raptors win

The C.H. Reeves Raptors destroyed the competition in convincing fashion to win the 2023 Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) junior championships.

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‘Let’s wish the best’ and cheer for our athletes

IN lending their support to the Oak Tree 50th CARIFTA Games, a number of small businesses encouraged others to join in the biggest junior regional track and field competition and cheer on the athletes representing the Bahamas.

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Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon livens up Jaws Beach on calm day

THIS year’s Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon took place at Jaws Beach on a beautiful, calm day on March 5. Around 90 athletes entered the race with participants ranging from seven to 76 years of age.

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'Get Your Rear in Gear' 5k fun run/walk on Saturday

THE Colon Cancer Coalition will host the annual Get Your Rear in Gear (GYRIG) 5k fun run walk race 6:30am on March 11 at Goodman’s Bay Park.

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Cougars get red carpet

THE Charles W Saunders School rolled out the red carpet on their school grounds yesterday as they celebrated the historic Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ basketball championship feat by their Cougars senior boys’ basketball team.

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‘Not so fast’ on Royal Caribbean’s PI plans

EARLIER this week, the Government of The Bahamas announced that Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) proposed beach club project on Paradise Island will be permitted to move forward pending approval of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP). I believe the green light is premature, with so many unanswered questions regarding the project’s environmental and economic impact still to be addressed.

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$9k fine for hemp and infused cookies

A WOMAN was fined $9,000 in court yesterday after she admitted to having over $10,000 worth of drugs and weed cookies in her home earlier this week.

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Man on $3k bail for violating bail

THE captain of the migrant vessel that sank and killed 18 people last July was charged with violating his bail yesterday.

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Bail set at $2,000 for injuring woman

A MAN was granted $2,000 bail in court yesterday after being accused of injuring a woman last week.

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Three held without bail on multiple armed robberies

THREE men were remanded yesterday in connection with a series of armed robberies in the nation’s capital.

Mutiny in Garden Hills constituency

Free National Movement Leader Michael Pintard finds himself in an awkward situation, which I had anticipated when former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis did not step down from active politics after the September 16, 2021 general election.

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Sexual assault and four armed robberies on Wednesday

A WOMAN reported that she was sexually assaulted while walking near bushes on Prince Charles Drive on Wednesday morning, police said.

Chinese Embassy response

CHINESE Embassy spokesman Counselor Cui Wei’s comments in response to the groundless accusations from US military personnel: It cannot be further from the truth to suggest that China has built its largest embassy in the world in The Bahamas. We’re not even the largest Chinese Embassy in the Caribbean. Anyone who’s familiar with Nassau knows which Embassy is the biggest one on island.

Thursday, March 9

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03092023 EDITION

Thursday, 9th March, 2023.

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STATESIDE: For Carlson and Fox News their ratings trumped truth

TUCKER Carlson is 53 years old. Born in San Francisco and the graduate of an exclusive prep school in Rhode Island (where he met and later married the headmaster’s daughter) and an exclusive private college in Connecticut, Carlson has a beautiful family, a fat bank account and a lovely house in the Washington, DC, area.

EDITORIAL: FNM falls back into internal strife

THE infighting at the FNM has spilled into public view.

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Electrocuted man was father of 4 and ‘was a loving grandson,’ his grandmother said

A YOUNG father killed in an industrial accident has left behind four young children, none older than six years, according to his grandmother.

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Seymour questions timeline for passing marital rape amendment

OPPOSITION Senator Maxine Seymour questioned the timeline of implementation and changes to several pieces of legislation affecting Bahamian women as another International Women’s Day was observed with no amendments passed for the marital rape law.

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BPRA says 'stay tuned' as gas retailers soon to take action

MEMBERS of the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association (BPRA) say they intend to soon take action to get government’s attention to their cries for a long-awaited margin increase, arguing that they can no longer afford to operate on the current margin regime due to increasing costs.

Rental sector ‘being targeted’ by govt

PROPERTY owners are disgruntled with the Davis administration’s plans to increase tax earnings from the vacation rental sector, claiming they are being targeted by the government.

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Darville on RCI PI deal, fears there will be ‘nothing left’ for Bahamians

A LOCAL environmental activist is in fear of the country’s land being sold piece by piece to foreign companies, adding that something must be left for future generations.

Contractor ‘fleeced’ Baker’s Bay homeowners of $10m

Accusations that a foreign contractor may have “fleeced” homeowners in Abaco’s high-end Baker’s Bay community of up to $10m are likely “only the tip of the iceberg” due to the absence of construction industry regulation.

Royal Caribbean pays for seven Crown Land acres

Royal Caribbean has already paid the full annual rent for seven Crown Land acres on Paradise Island for two consecutive years, it can be revealed, rather than just the four announced in its revised deal with the Government.

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CG ATLANTIC Summer Internship Programme now taking applications

College students and recent graduates considering career possibilities within the insurance industry can now apply for summer internships with CG Atlantic. The in-person programme introduces successful applicants to various aspects of the insurance business and runs from June 26th to August 18th.

Nassau/PI resorts enjoy 112% room revenue rise

Leading Nassau/Paradise Island resorts have revealed that 2022’s room revenue more than doubled year-over-year as the industry benefited from the post-COVID travel rebound.

Bahamas hits back over OECD ‘non-compliance’

The Bahamas hit back over its sole tax information exchange “non-compliant” rating by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) through arguing the number of countries with complaints was “low”.

‘Big mistake’ over Junkanoo Beach

The Downtown Nassau Partnership’s (DNP) co-chair yesterday said a “big mistake” has been made over the way Junkanoo Beach has been allowed to develop.

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Officials pay tribute to Minister Betty Thompson

TRIBUTES were paid to the late Minister Betty Thompson, with Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis hailing her as “a mighty woman of God”.

Mixed reaction to Royal Caribbean’s PI project

Bay Street merchants yesterday gave a mixed reaction to the Government’s approval of Royal Caribbean’s Paradise Island beach club with some fearing it will suck tourists away from downtown and others arguing it will improve the product.

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Sands: There’s no stifling of speech taking place in party

DESPITE reports that the party’s leadership tried to block former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis from speaking at constituency events, FNM chairman Dr Duane Sands said yesterday there is no stifling of speech taking place.

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Family Islands brace for ‘inevitable’ property tax

The Family Islands are bracing for the “inevitability” of real property tax being levied on Bahamian owners, it was revealed yesterday, amid “frustration” that preparations for such a move are holding up real estate sales.

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Davis: RCI work to start soon

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said Royal Caribbean International will break ground on its $110m beach club project on Paradise Island “almost immediately”, telling reporters his administration approved the project in part because tourists need more attractions.

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COURT ORDER FOR FNM LEADERS: Party vice-chairman granted injunction on Pintard and Sands

THE Supreme Court has granted an injunction against Free National Movement leader Michael Pintard and party chairman Dr Duane Sands after legal action was filed last year by FNM vice chairman Richard Johnson who was suspended from attending FNM council meetings.

Pintard believes leadership is an entitlement

I read the letter in one of the dailies last week entitled, "Pintard's dictatorial approach to Minnis."

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Umpire Martin Burrows appointed to COPABE Commission

MARTIN ‘Pork’ Burrows added another feather to his cap when he was appointed to the COPABE (the Pan American Baseball Confederation) - WBSC Americas Baseball Umpiring Commission.

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Small businesses come on board for CARIFTA Games

WEDNESDAY was a very special day for the Local Organising Committee for the Oaktree Medical Centre 50th CARIFTA Games.

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Raptors, Knights in lead after day 1

GSSSA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day one of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) Track and Field Championships ended with the C.H. Reeves Raptors and C.R. Walker Knights ahead of their respective divisions.

$15,000 donated to charities by Colina

THREE community outreach organisations each received $5,000 in donations from Colina Insurance Limited, as a part of the insurance agency’s annual International Women’s Day celebrations.

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DEIDRE BASTIAN: Solving the marketing and advertising riddle

Do you know the difference between marketing and advertising? All advertising is marketing, but not all marketing is advertising. It sounds like a riddle, which is why the two terms are often used interchangeably. The truth is, both concepts are related but different.

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Man fined $250 for theft of car battery

A MAN was fined $250 yesterday after he admitted to attempting to steal a woman’s car battery last week.

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$7500 bail for mom who beat son with pipe

A 38-year-old mother was granted bail in court yesterday after being accused of beating her 15-year-old daughter with a pipe.

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Man not granted bail for unlawful sex

A 37-year-old man was sent to prison yesterday accused of having sex six times with a 14-year-old girl last year.

More than 100 repatriated

THE Immigration Department repatriated more than 100 migrants yesterday.

Why the early split in the PLP?

The PLP party with the strategic assistance of Randol Fawkes and Alvin Braynen ushered in Majority Rule in the Bahamas following the general election of 1967.

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Tour Daddy Defenders emerge as NPVA men’s volleyball champions

THE Tour Daddy Defenders emerged as the men’s champions of the New Providence Volleyball Association.

Wednesday, March 8

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Who are the women who are your heroes?

International Women’s Day.

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03082023 EDITION

Wednesday, 8th March, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: ‘Embrace Equity’ as equal opportunities are not enough

IT’S International Women’s Day and the global theme for the day is “Embrace Equity”. The International Women’s Day website says this theme was selected to get people to talk about why equality opportunities is not enough.

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Persons on food assistance rose by 3,000 since February

THOUSANDS of Bahamians continue to receive assistance from the Ministry of Social Services’ food programme, with the number having climbed by some 3,000 since February, said Minister Obie Wilchcombe.

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Munroe: ‘Unacceptable’ someone on six murder charges to be out on bail

AFTER a man, who was out on bail for six murders, was killed in a double homicide Monday, National Security Minister Wayne Munroe said it’s unacceptable that someone accused of multiple murders can be released on bail and added that his ministry intends to push the courts to keep suspected killers on remand.

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FNM: PLP ‘cherry-picking’ who is accused of crimes

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard accused the Davis administration of doing “everything to ensure” that its supporters who are accused of crimes “never come to court again” while alleging the government is targeting the opposition.

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UPDATED: Bahamians to gain 49% stake in Royal Caribbean PI project

The Government last night said it has approved Royal Caribbean’s $110m Paradise Island beach club project after negotiating greater Bahamian ownership and entrepreneurial participation in the development.

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Bahamian liquidators fire FTX warning shot

FTX’s Bahamian liquidators yesterday warned their US counterparts that the failed crypto exchange’s $446m claim against another digital assets firm will not be resolved unless their interests are satisfied too.

FINCO’s repossessed collateral jumps 30%

Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) BISX-listed mortgage arm narrowly beat prior year comparatives with $40m in profits for the year to end-October 2022 following recovery of more than $16m in credit loss provisions.

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Condo hotel tax now takes ‘effect’

The Bahamian resort industry was yesterday said to have “got 90 percent of our asks” over the new condo hotel tax which has now come into effect some eight months after it was first unveiled.

Group speaks out against incest

LOCAL women’s groups have spoken out against acts of incest against innocent children.

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RF Bank & Trust's ninth annual conference to tackle evolving risks

RF Bank & Trust (RF) has announced it will host regional and international experts during a 1-day conference to help Bahamians forecast and future-proof their business. The annual RF Economic Outlook (RFEO), under the theme Evolving Risks: The Way Forward is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th at Baha Mar.

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Flagraising ceremony held to mark start of Local Government Month

A FLAGRAISING ceremony was held at the National Insurance Building Complex on Monday as part of activities to celebrate Local Government Month.

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Munroe working on legislation to create force inspectorate

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said government is presently working on legislation to allow for a force inspectorate for all security forces in The Bahamas, saying its job will be to do audit checks of the organisations, among other things.

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RBDF apprehended 120 migrants, still searching for a dozen more

IMMIGRATION Minister Keith Bell confirmed yesterday that officers are searching for a group of Haitian migrants who drifted in waters off the remote coast of Andros after avoiding capture by local authorities.

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Chief Justice exposes ‘fronting’ on Bay Street

The Chief Justice has ruled that “illegality was a major part” of a Bay Street retail ‘fronting’ deal involving one of Nassau’s most prominent Greek-Bahamian families.

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Mother of slain man said he had changed

THE grieving mother of 32-year-old Patrickedo Rose, who was shot and killed on Monday, said despite her son’s criminal past she believes he was a “good person” in the end.

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Abaco MP: Govt finalising plans to deal with dump

THE government is “finalising plans” to address recent burning of debris at dump sites in Abaco, said North Abaco MP Kirk Cornish. Mr Cornish expressed concern about the ongoing issues posed by the burning of debris at the Spring City Debris Management Dump Site and the Great Abaco Sanitary Landfill.

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‘WAR’ IN FNM IF MINNIS SILENCED: Ex-PM addresses event amid claims leadership of party tried to stop him

MEMBERS of the Free National Movement said “it will be war” if party officials continue to try to block former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis from speaking at constituency association meetings.

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Teen pleads guilty, fined $1000 for theft of auto

AN 18-year-old was fined $1,000 yesterday after he admitted to stealing a woman’s car.

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World Juniors Tennis: Bahamas Under-14 girls earn first win

THE Bahamas under-14 girls’ team recorded their first win at the World Juniors Tennis Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

NPBA: Rockets, Rebels in win column

THE Discount Distributors Liquors Rockets and the Rebels emerged as winners of the New Providence Basketball Association’s double header at the AF Adderley Gymnasium held on Monday night.

Bahamas Football Association regular season heats up

THE Bahamas Football Association continued its regular season action this week at the Roscoe Davies Developmental Center.

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Hat trick hero: Marlon Barnes leads Mingoes to 3-1 win over Future Stars FC in BFA action

THE University of The Bahamas men’s soccer team captain Marlon Barnes showed up big for his squad Sunday against Future Stars FC in Bahamas Football Association action at The Roscow A. L. Davies Field.

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‘Tweedy’ Charlton leads Lady Blue Devils to Georgia Class 7A title game

NOT too many players leave the comfort of home and make the transition to playing at the high school level in the United States and go on to achieve any level of success.

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Golden Girl Pauline Davis: ‘CARIFTA trials should take precedent over any track meet’

FORMER Bahamian Olympian and sprinter Pauline Davis-Thompson criticised the head coaches of the major secondary schools for overworking athletes at the 2023 BAISS Track and Field Championships.

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Let the GSSSA track and field championships begin

The 30th annual Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) track and field championships will make its return to the Thomas A Robinson stadium at 9:15am today.

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$6k bail after woman threatened with gun

A MAN was granted $6,000 bail in court after he was accused of threatening a woman with a shotgun late last month.

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Six Grand Bahama men granted $4k bail each on grievous harm charges

SIX male residents of Sweeting’s Cay, Grand Bahama, were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday with causing grievous harm.

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Inagua man on $30k bail for cocaine possession

A MAN was granted $30,000 bail in court yesterday after allegedly being found with $100,000 worth of cocaine uncovered on a mailboat in Inagua earlier this year.

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Man held without bail in attempted murder case

A MAN was remanded yesterday in connection with the attempted murder of a woman two years ago.

Spin and more spin

Since September 2021 we have witnessed an extraordinary level of political spin… the vocabulary we hear has gone way beyond normal understandable level and spin… have to ask how can a dual carriage-way have resilience?

Supporters of Minnis in echo chamber

I was not the least bit surprised at the many negative comments aimed at former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis in the comment thread of an article published on the Our News Bahamas Facebook page last week.

Tuesday, March 7

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Man killed in industrial accident in Grand Bahama

A young man is dead on Grand Bahama following an industrial accident on Tuesday at the Freeport Harbour Industrial site.

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03072023 EDITION

Tuesday, 7th March, 2023.

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THE UROLOGY DOCTOR IS IN...Too fast too soon – the ordeal of premature ejaculation Part II

Premature ejaculation afflicts an estimated one in three men in the Bahamas and throughout the world. Men in this country sadly often endlessly suffer in shame and despair from this very correctable medical problem.

Angels revisit the BAPD

In early February, the children of the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled were blessed with an outpouring of loving care and generosity from a team of volunteer professionals from West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Seven tips for fall prevention

If you find yourself concerned about falling or are experiencing frequent falls, you are not alone. In my work as a physical therapist with older adults, this concern is voiced frequently by my clients.

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Improving relationships by improving health

Successful relationships between men and women lead to a myriad of positive effects on society.

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Female leaders show the way forward in digital age

BAF International Women’s Day brunch to feature successful women from various sectors

UPLIFTING stories of women who have broken barriers in their respective fields, sound advice for navigating womanhood in this digital age, and a greater awareness of gender equality is what tomorrow’s International Women’s Day brunch will offer.

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Celebrating the emergence of women on the world stage

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day tomorrow, life and wellness coach Katherine Coakley said she would like to share an importance message with Bahamians: that now is the time for the “emergence of women”.

WOW – The Wisdom of Older Women – Who said what?

As a writer, author and lover of words and the nuances of language, I was shocked, as many have been in the last few days, to read that Puffin, the English publisher of Penguin Random House has made hundreds of changes to the text of Roald Dahl’s books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, James & The Giant Peach, and others, having deemed many of his words inappropriate.

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Ark encounter: Animal clinic for your pets

Since her early childhood, Dr Italia Sands has enjoyed nurturing animals. She also owned several pets while in elementary and secondary school.

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Bahamian woman helps lead Caribbean students to success

A Bahamian woman, Raylene Shelly Gardiner, has the honour and privilege of serving as president of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Post Graduate Regional Guild. She represents hundreds of people from throughout the Caribbean who have had the opportunity of improving their education through UWI Open Campus.

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PETER YOUNG: New Northern Ireland deal has broader implications

TWO weeks ago in this column, I wrote about Britain and the European Union being on the brink of a fresh agreement to replace the existing Northern Ireland Protocol covering the province’s trading arrangements post-Brexit.

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FACE TO FACE – Lonise Carey: Bahamian woman making international history

CELEBRATING a Bahamian woman who is making international history, who is a leader in her industry, and who is giving back to the community is most fitting as we gear up to commemorate International Women’s Day. On the eve of this momentous day, we celebrate Lonise Carey.

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Munroe: Government fixing deficit of officers

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said his ministry is moving full steam ahead with its plans to increase manpower in the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

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UN signs MOU with Global Culinaire Inc, who pledges a $45K scholarship

THE University of The Bahamas signed a memorandum of understanding with Global Culinaire Inc yesterday which involves the latter pledging $45,000 which will be used to create a scholarship to assist students in the culinary and tourism fields.

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Counting the cost of repatriation, Bell says it’s ‘putting a strain on the gov’s purse’

THE Bahamas government has spent $350,000 on repatriations so far this year, according to Immigration Minister Keith Bell.

Fighting for rights - and naming your heroes

TOMORROW is International Woman Day and Bahamian women will join women around the world in celebrating the beauty of the feminine spirit.

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Decisions on gender neutral language ‘have no bearing on us’ says bishop

WHILE the Church of England is continuing discussions on the subject of gender neutrality, Bishop Laish Boyd said whatever decision is made will have no bearing on the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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‘A step back’ over fiscal watchdog independence

Governance reformers yesterday voiced fears that proposed legal reforms are “a step back” for the independence of a key fiscal watchdog and also weaken accountability “enforcement teeth”.

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NIB faces $98m deficit for 2023

The National Insurance Board (NIB) is predicting it will incur a $98m total deficit in 2023, it was revealed yesterday, as a Cabinet minister reiterated warnings that The Bahamas cannot afford to delay critical reforms any longer

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PM doubles down over $6.4m provider licence

The Prime Minister last night doubled down on accusations that a payments provider which has failed to remit $6.4m to the Government was not licensed to collect funds on its behalf.

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January tourists beat 2019 arrivals by 33%

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said January 2023’s tourism arrivals were some 210,000 ahead of comparatives from 2019’s “banner year” as The Bahamas bids to “meet or exceed” 20 percent growth targets.

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January visitor numbers up 166 percent over last year’s figures

NEARLY one million visitors arrived in The Bahamas in January, representing a 166 percent increase when compared to the same period last year, Tourism Minister Chester Cooper revealed in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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VAT health claims change ‘may’ not happen April 1

The Government “may not” implement the new VAT treatment for medical insurance claims payouts by its April 1 target, it was revealed yesterday, with the decision hinging on a meeting with healthcare stakeholders later this week.

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Laroda again puts case for action on NIB funds

MYLES Laroda, state minister with responsibility for the National Insurance Board, yesterday continued to advocate for increased contributions for the agency’s fund to avoid an $98m loss this year.

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Debt-to-GDP lowered by a fifth, reports govt

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis commended his administration’s fiscal performance compared to that of the former administration’s pre-pandemic levels, telling the Opposition: “There is a reason why we are here and you there.”

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‘Parliament was misled by Davis’

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard yesterday accused Prime Minister Phillip Davis of misleading Parliament last week when he said the Minnis administration hired an unlicensed company to collect immigration-related fees on behalf of the government.

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TWO SHOT DEAD IN FOX HILL PARK: One victim was out on bail for several murders

TWO men were shot dead last night in Fox Hill Park - including one man that police say was on bail for several murders.

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$40k of cocaine lands man in jail for three years

A MAN was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday after he admitted to having $40,000 worth of cocaine in his home last week as well as a loaded gun.

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First Class Promotions to stage All-Female Pro Boxing Show

AFTER postponing the initial show in October due to one of the main event competitors getting injured, First Class Promotions has announced that the first All-Female Professional Boxing Show is back on the agenda.

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11 Bahamians make up Great Britain roster

Since they have been invited to be a part of Great Britain’s team, former player turned coach Albert Cartwright said he likes the way the Bahamian players have responded to the challenge.

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Repairs underway at stadiums

IN preparation for the hosting of the 50th Jubilee CARIFTA Games, athletes will not be able to utilise the old or new Thomas A Robinson stadiums before Wednesday, according to Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ president Drumeco Archer.

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RBDF officer on bail for drugs and ammunition

A ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force officer was granted bail in court yesterday after being accused of trying to sell illicit drugs as well as having 14 live rounds of ammunition.

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No bail for men accused in Harrinique McPhee murder

TWO men were remanded yesterday after being accused of the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old girl in the Kemp Road area last month.

Motorcycle police

If you drive around the island of New Providence, you will note that there is a very high percentage of right-hand Japanese vehicles on our roads. However, most of us know that the speedometer is in kmh (kilometer per hour) and not mph (miles per hour). How many of us know that 1kmh is equal to 0.62mph.

Leader without a vision

The Leader of the Opposition FNM Party Michael Pintard has no vision, idea or plan for the Bahamian people and the Bahamas.

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Shooting threat made at GB school leads to student being charged

A STUDENT was charged in a Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with threats against Bishop Michael Eldon School.

Monday, March 6

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03062023 HOME BUYER'S GUIDE

Monday, 6th March, 2023.

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03062023 EDITION

Monday, 6th March, 2023.

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WORLD VIEW: A third way for global peace

IF DEVELOPING countries, especially the small and vulnerable states, expected meaningful attention by the G20 to the myriad economic and financial challenges that confront them, their hopes were dashed by failed meetings of Finance and Foreign Ministers in February and March.

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INSIGHT: There’s no excuse for failing on disclosures

THERE is nothing else that quite shows the disregard for any government for the notions of transparency and accountability than the annual fuss over public disclosures.

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Region facing silent debt crisis

THE Caribbean Policy Development Center (CPDC) says a silent debt crisis threatens the way of life of people in the Caribbean.

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THE KDK REPORT: THE WIND BLOWS WEST, PART 1

IN 2006, while sitting outside her home with family members and enjoying the cool night breeze, my patient (who’s chosen the alias Kelly) felt an urge to urinate. She dashed but before she made it to the restroom, she felt warm liquid trickling down her legs.

EDITORIAL: Honour women with equal rights

THIS week sees the celebration of International Women’s Day – an opportunity to both celebrate women and, more pointedly, to continue removing barriers that hinder women.

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Latest Labour on the Blocks 2.0 sees 500 job seekers and 40 businesses

THE latest Labour on the Blocks 2.0 job fair held on Saturday in the Carmichael Road area saw more than 500 job seekers, with one business having confirmed some 40 Bahamians on the spot.

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Equality Bahamas marks upcoming International Women’s Day with March

A MARCH was held on Saturday to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day - due to be held on Wednesday this week.

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‘Do not hit rock bottom’ on public sector reform

The Bahamas “cannot squeeze out” civil service reform if it wishes to tackle “the vexing problem” of perceived corruption in accessing public services, governance reformers warned yesterday.

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Investors in $18m boost as bank beats target 10%

Commonwealth Bank yesterday said it beat 2022 profit targets by 10 percent as it used its record net income to return $18m to shareholders via two extraordinary dividend payments.

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Gov’t gives $115m tax relief in fiscal first half

The Government granted almost $115m of Excise tax and Customs duty relief during the first half of the 2022-2023 fiscal year, the mid-year Budget documents have revealed.

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The debt ceiling issue

ActivTrades

For years the US national debt limit has been a persistent political issue, pitting Democrats against Republicans. As the latest deadline for the approval of a new limit approaches, with a cut-off date of March 2023, the question is whether the two parties can find common ground and agree to raise the size of the US sovereign debt.

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BTC chief in promise on service ‘black hole’

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) top executive last night pledged to deliver “a best-in-class experience” for all users after complaints that clients were left “in the lurch” by poor customer service.

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Abaco Dump burning poses health concern

RECENT burning and movement of debris from the Spring City Debris Management Dump Site to the Great Abaco Sanitary Landfill has been causing environmental and health concerns for those on the island, said a local official.

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Shanty town demolition to start ‘this year’ - Bell

LABOUR and Immigration Minister Keith Bell said he thinks the government will move to demolish shanty towns sometime this year.

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Pintard urges PM to own deficit mistake

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard said Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis should issue an “unfettered” apology to the public for presenting the wrong deficit figure in Parliament and “own” the mistake.

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‘DON’T WAIT FOR MEN TO GIVE YOU RIGHTS’: US official urges women to take political power

A UNITED States Embassy official has urged Bahamian women not to wait around for men to grant women equal rights under the constitution or outlaw marital rape.

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‘A CUT ABOVE THE REST’: Big Red Machine win BAISS title

St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine were crowned the 2023 Fidelity Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) track and field champions on Friday.

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CARIFTA swim team named

AFTER an intense Last Chance Meet over the weekend at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex, Bahamas Aquatics selected and ratified a 39-member team that will represent the Bahamas at the CARIFTA Swimming and Open Water Championships.

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UB Mingoes take bite out of Great Whites 81-64

THE University of The Bahamas men’s basketball team slowly warmed up against The Zulu Media Marketing Great Whites in New Providence Basketball Association action Saturday night at The A.F. Adderley Gym. And just like the previous two straight wins, The Mingoes finished strong to pick up the 81-64 win – the team’s third straight win.

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Bermuda puts on a show

DESPITE having to wait an extra day to get into the ring, the four-man team from Bermuda left their impression on the Boxing Federation of the Bahamas’ 2023 Wellington ‘Sonny Boy’ Rahming and Leonard ‘Boston Blackie’ Miller Memorial Invitational Boxing Championships.

Sebas acquires former Citibank site near UOB

THE FORMER Citibank property on University Drive has been renamed in honour of the father of its new owner - Island Luck chief, Sebas Bastian.

Morton Salt staff to enjoy up to 25% wage increase

LINE staff at Morton Salt are set to enjoy wage increases of up to 25 percent after their trade union signed an “historic” five-year industrial agreement with the Inagua-based salt harvester.

New Bay Street entity to seek 100 recruits

A NEW Bay Street tourist attraction will later this month seek to recruit 100 Bahamians to staff its operations, the Government’s labour director, said yesterday, after this weekend’s job fair produced “a significant number of hirings”.

Construction corruption ‘big elephant in room’

CONSTRUCTION-related corruption has been branded as a “big elephant in the room” with the potential to compromise building safety, a Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) trustee is warning.

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DEREK SMITH: Good corporate governance critical to sustainable growth

CORPORATE governance incorporates the principles and practices that guide how a company is directed, managed and controlled. It is critical for building long-term value for all stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and the broader community.

Over 100 migrants caught aboard vessel near Andros

MORE than 100 undocumented Haitian migrants were apprehended yesterday after their vessel was spotted off Andros on Friday.

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Robbers caught in the act and a tourist raped

AN attempted armed robbery turned into a police chase on Friday and led to the arrest of three suspects.

Food fight

The Tribune today, third of March 2023, would not have been off topic had its business section heading been "Food Fight".

Sir Randol, MLK and Garvey

There is one striking similarity between Sir Randol Fawkes, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, and Jamaican National Hero Marcus Garvey that caught my attention after reading their biographies.

Sunday, March 5

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Two arrests after drugs found in separate incidents

Two men have been arrested in two separate incidents, after they were found in possession of dangerous drugs on Saturday.

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Police investigate report of sexual assault

Police are investigating the report of an alleged sexual assault of a female visitor which occurred sometime around 1am on Sunday.

Friday, March 3

Bahamians in US plan protest in Miami against Davis administration

A GROUP of Bahamians who live in the United States and Canada are organising a protest in Miami against the Davis administration.

PM pays tribute to Commodore Leon Livingstone Smith

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis along with other officials joined family and friends in celebrating the historic life of retired Commodore Leon Livingstone Smith on Friday.

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$5,000 fine for having over five pounds of marijuana

A MAN was fined $5,000 on Friday after he admitted to having over five pounds of marijuana.

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Man fined for three counts of violation of bail conditions

A MAN on bail for murder was fined $1,500 in court on Friday after he admitted to failing to charge his electronic monitoring device (EMD) while on release.

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03032023 WEEKEND

Friday, 3rd March, 2023.

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03032023 EDITION

Friday, 3rd March, 2023.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: When things go wrong, Consumer Protection Commission indeed helps

IN EARLIER days, I dreamed of solving problems. Not the big ones like ending world famine or creating world peace.

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One Eleuthera Foundation: Opportunities for Caribbean women in agri-food businesses

LAST week, I had the opportunity to attend the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) – COLEAD’s Caribbean Agri-food Online Business Series.

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Police searching for four armed robbers

Police on New Providence are investigating and seeking the public’s assistance in locating four males believed to be responsible for two separate armed robberies on Thursday.

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Suspected marijuana seized, nine arrested, in four separate incidents.

Officers attached to Operation Cease Fire confiscated suspected marijuana and made nine arrests in four separate incidents over Thursday night and early Friday morning.

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Brave says if Minnis is ‘man enough’ run in Cat Island

AFTER a challenge from Killarney MP Dr Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said if he is “man enough” he should run against him in Cat Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador.

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Senior officer: Too many firearms on the streets

A SENIOR police official on Grand Bahama revealed that while the police have experienced high success in solving crime, there are still too many firearms on the streets.

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Minister of Health: Country seeing a rise in chronic diseases

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville told the House of Assembly yesterday the country is facing a post COVID-19 health crisis: an increase in chronic non-communicable diseases.

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Dr Darville announces new hospital for Grand Bahama

CONSTRUCTION on the new hospital for Grand Bahama is on target for groundbreaking, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville announced yesterday.

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Ministry of Works and Utilities has 'critical focus' on flood prone zones

WORKS and Utilities Minister Alfred Sears revealed yesterday that his ministry intends to fix the drainage systems in flood-prone zones in the capital, calling it a “critical focus”.

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Commodore King says Royal Canadian Navy will be a deterrent to migrant vessels

ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Raymond King said just the presence of Royal Canadian Navy vessels off the coast of Haiti will hopefully act as a deterrent to stem the migration flow.

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Former PM: ‘We are on the frontlines’ of Haiti crisis

FORMER Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday there must be “vigorous” and “resolute” efforts in safeguarding The Bahamas, adding illegal immigration is still a major issue that needs to be tackled.

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Minnis: ‘Brave Davis inflation is really killing us’

THE Davis administration has made the cost-of-living crisis in the country much worse, former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis claimed in the House of Assembly yesterday as he accused the government of living lavishly off the backs of Bahamian taxpayers.

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Bahamas lost $32.5m aviation financing as ‘bar kept moving’

The Bahamas used just 32 percent of an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan provided to overhaul its aviation industry because it failed to implement safety reforms essential to unlocking the $32.5m balance.

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Attorney splits Privy Council over failed Colina challenge

An attorney yesterday split the highest court in the Bahamian judicial system down the middle with his ultimately unsuccessful challenge to the country’s largest life and health insurer.

Gov’t urged: ‘Don’t be hog’ over vacation rental taxes

The Government was last night told “don’t be a hog” over plans to increase tax earnings from the vacation rental sector, with property owners openly talking about forming an industry association to safeguard their interests.

‘Kick back’ likely over Out Island airport fees

The introduction of passenger user fees to finance Family Island airport redevelopment will cause travellers to “kick back” and initially soften travel demand, Bahamian aviation operators forecast yesterday.

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Sweeting ‘to advance agriculture industry’

AGRICULTURE, Marine Resources and Family Affairs Minister Clay Sweeting said yesterday that the Davis administration is committed to advancing the agricultural industry.

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‘$5m’ dispute closes boating fees portal

The online clearance portal for foreign boaters and yacht charters has been shut down amid disputed allegations that “$5m” in fees paid by the industry have not been passed to the Bahamian Government.

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Munroe wants guidance on how police should deal with Rastafarians using marijuana

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said he has sought advice from the Attorney General on the way police should deal with Rastafarians using marijuana.

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No bail for officer on incest charges

A POLICE officer was remanded yesterday after being accused of raping his young daughter over the course of almost three years.

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Why is church not helping ease tensions on migrants?

AMID rising tensions over the country’s illegal immigration issues, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said he has asked religious leaders why the church has not been more “forthright” in seeking to ease emotions over the matter.

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PM DISCLOSING - BUT ONE IN TEN MPS DON’T: Unclear whether Davis missed the March 1 deadline

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said his public disclosures would be filed yesterday if the documents had not been turned over on the deadline, which was Wednesday.

BFA regular season action heats up

THE Bahamas Football Association continued its regular season action this week in the Roscoe Davies Developmental Center at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The following are results of games played:

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Boys lose at Jr Davis Cup, Jr Billie Jean King Fed Cup team earn 3-0 win over Jamaica, advance to consolation round

THE Bahamas boys team lost to the Dominican Republic in their quarter-final match yesterday in the Junior Davis Cup tournament in Guatemala.

IAN FERGUSON: Converting customers into recurring clients

Converting new customers into loyal and repeat clients should be the top priority of every business, whether large or small. Customer retention is key to the success of any enterprise.

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Teen held without bail on charges of armed robbery and grievous harm

A TEENAGER was remanded yesterday after being accused of multiple crimes, including armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery that left a woman seriously injured last month.

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Man charged in Gambier Heights murder being held without bail

A MAN was charged yesterday with murder in connection with the shooting of a man in Gambier Heights early last month.

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Panthers capture volleyball title

WINNING WAYS: The Panthers women’s volleyball team, coached by Jason Saunders, captured the New Providence Volleyball Association’s 2023 title at the Anatol Rodgers Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Celebrity sighting: Celebrity athletes tee off at Baha Mar Casino Celebrity Golf Invitational

THE Bahamas recently played host to a two-day Celebrity Golf Invitational at the Baha Mar’s Royal Blue Golf Club.

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Boxers get ready for ‘rumble in the jungle’

A contingent of boxers from throughout the Bahamas has been assembled to compete against their counterparts from around the region in the Boxing Federation of the Bahamas’ second annual Wellington ‘Sonny Boy’ Rahming and Leonard ‘Boston Blackie’ Miller Memorial Boxing Championships this weekend.

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Three more companies join CARIFTA

THE Local Organising Committee got another $60,000 in their kitty for the 50th Jubilee CARIFTA Games with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ernst and Young and Arawak Port Development Limited coming on board as the latest silver medal partners.

Men’s national softball team invited to CAC Games

WHILE the Bahamas women’s national team will miss out on the opportunity to qualify for the Central American and Caribbean Games, the men’s team has been invited to participate by virtue of being the champions of the English Speaking Amateur Softball Confederation (ECASC) Tournament in 2015.

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UB Mingoes men in 1-1 draw with Bears FC in fierce match

THE University of The Bahamas men’s soccer team put its three-match winning streak on the line against Bears FC in Bahamas Football Association play at the Roscow A.L. Davies Field.

Flats fishing regulations undergoing ‘fine tuning’

DRAFT regulations for the flats fishing industry have been completed and are now with the Attorney General’s Office for “fine tuning”, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

Lack of speed signs in kmh

If you drive around the island of New Providence, you will note that there is a very high percentage of right-hand Japanese vehicles on our roads. However, most of us know that the speedometer is in kmh (kilometer per hour) and not mph (miles per hour). How many of us know that 1kmh is equal to 0.62mph.

200 repatriated

TWO hundred migrants were repatriated this week.

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SAC maintains lead on day 2

BAISS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

St. Augustine’s College built on their day one momentum as they lead team rankings for the second consecutive day. The secondary school is ahead of the competition with a day two total of 691.50 followed by the Queen’s College Comets with 607.50.

McKinney returns to Alma Mater

NORTH American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) president Mike Sands said it was more beneficial for the student-athletes at CR Walker to hear from one of their alumni than they do from him.

Thursday, March 2

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03022023 EDITION

Thursday, 2nd March, 2023.

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STATESIDE – Fox News lesson: Never mix actual news with entertainment

DO YOU know what the letter “E” stands for, in ESPN?

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FRONT PORCH: While reform is needed Westminster parliamentary system still superior

WE trace our governmental system to the United Kingdom, which honed the traditions and conventions of parliamentary democracy over centuries. Unlike the United Kingdom, The Bahamas has a codified Constitution.

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RBPF kicks off police month with community walkabout in Palmdale

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force kicked off Police Month yesterday with a walkabout in the Palmdale community, aimed at improving relations with area residents and businesses.

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Who are the women who are your heroes?

On Wednesday, March 8, International Women's Day will be celebrated around the world - and here at home in The Bahamas, we would like to join in the celebrations by hearing about the women who are your heroes.

EDITORIAL: Davis tries to shift the blame

WHEN Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis gave his mid-year Budget communication last week, it seems something did not add up. He told the House that the government experienced a net deficit of $285.7m – that’s $7.8m more than the previous year.

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‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ SAYS CHIEF COUNCILLOR: Jimmy Smith, West Grand Bahama Chief Councillor, re-opened Fishing Hole Road causeway against Port Authority’s recommendations

JIMMY Smith, chief councillor of the West Grand Bahama District Council, took a bold step yesterday, moving away the barricade of rocks and reopening the Fishing Hole Road bridge causeway.

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More than 500 apprehensions of irregular migrants under Operation Restore

MORE than 500 irregular migrants have been apprehended in the last month, said Immigration Minister Keith Bell.

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Restoring stability in Haiti is a ‘big priority’ for the Biden administration

RESTORING the stability of Haiti is a “big priority” of the Biden administration, according to US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Daniel Erikson.

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‘Credibility problem’ over deficit revision

The Opposition yesterday charged that the Prime Minister has “a very big credibility problem” after he gave conflicting reasons for revising the fiscal deficit downwards just a week after unveiling the mid-year Budget.

Reform to ‘decimate’ fiscal accountability

The Government’s bid to reform “deficiencies” in key public finance laws threatens to “absolutely decimate” fiscal transparency and accountability in The Bahamas, the Opposition charged yesterday.

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‘Full picture’ missing on COVID food plan claims

The Auditor General should provide a “better picture” of the COVID food task force’s work, governance reformers said yesterday, after the Prime Minister accused one non-profit of using public monies for a $400,000 “spending spree”.

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Information Commissioner says Pintard did not write to him

INFORMATION Commissioner Keith Thompson blasted opposition leader Michael Pintard for making “futile” requests under the Freedom of Information Act, adding the law has not as yet been fully enacted.

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Road safety campaign and RTD improvements in transit

STATE Legal Affairs Minister Jomo Campbell revealed efforts are underway to improve and enhance the vehicle inspection and testing processes at the Road Traffic Department.

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Public disclosure ‘filing needs to be modernised’ Deputy PM says

SOME Cabinet ministers are calling for the modernisation of the public disclosure filing process as the deadline for parliamentarians to do so has passed.

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Minnis: PM should be last person to talk of failing constituents

KILLARNEY MP Dr Hubert Minnis said Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis should be the last person on earth to accuse him of failing his constituents, saying the record would show that Cat Island is the most neglected constituency in The Bahamas.

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Police Commissioner: We’ll keep murders under 100 this year

WITH repeated pledges to take policing to “another level,” Police Commissioner Clayton Fernander said yesterday he intends to reduce the country’s murder count below 100.

User fees to drive $263m Out Island airport upgrades

Bahamian and international travellers will ultimately have to pay user fees of up to $43 per person to finance the collective $263m redevelopment of the 14 Family Island airports put out to bid yesterday.

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‘NGO went on spending spree with food money’

WHILE revealing new details about the former administration’s food programme, Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis yesterday accused a non-profit organisation of going on “a spending spree” to purchase two high end trucks and boats with public funds meant to provide food assistance to Bahamians during the pandemic.

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Kenise: No liability discussed

WHILE giving an update on the investigation into the death of Kenise Darville, Public Hospitals Authority managing director Dr Aubynette Rolle said in their communications with relatives, there were no discussions regarding liability.

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PM: DEFICIT FIGURE WAS INACCURATE – Davis blames error by writer as he corrects statement

THE government’s fiscal deficit actually decreased by $5.3m in the first half of the fiscal year when compared to the same period in the previous year, Prime Minister Phillip Davis clarified in the House of Assembly yesterday.

Leadership in action

It was with some amazement that we read and listened to the Prime Minister’s bold and vigorous assertion last week that the Opposition’s ability to ask questions of the government is not an entitlement! This from someone who never misses an opportunity to trumpet his commitment to openness and transparency.

Village Road hits works as ‘total disappointment’

VILLAGE Road businesses yesterday slammed the Ministry of Works as “total disappointment” for failing to respond to fix property and sidewalk damage caused by the year-long roadworks.

BPL suffers $64m loss during 2020

BAHAMAS Power & Light (BPL) incurred a $63.876m total comprehensive loss for the year to end-June 2020 with auditors reaffirming that its parent’s solvency remained endangered by “negative cash flows” and constant losses.

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Bahamas Boys earn third straight win in Jr Davis Cup, advance to playoffs

THE Bahamas boys team picked up their third consecutive victory in the Junior Davis Cup tournament in Guatemala to advance to the playoffs.

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Judoka Xavion Johnson pulls off one of his greatest feats, wins gold

XAVION Johnson, one of the top, rising young judokas in the island nation, pulled off one of his greatest feats when he captured the under-18 60 kilograms title in the Matsumae Cup in Vejie, Denmark.

Bahamas Flag Football League preseason opens this Sunday

THE public is invited to come to the Thomas A Robinson’s multipurpose fields in New Providence and experience the exciting Bahamas Flag Football League’s exhilarating, heart-pounding and suspenseful preseason, regular season, playoffs and championship games.

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SAC Big Red Machine in the lead after day 1

The Big Red Machine leads the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships after a record-breaking day one.

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100k bail for man with four grammes of marijuana

A MAN was granted bail in Magistrate’s Court yesterday after it was alleged that he was found with drugs.

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Man accused of resort gift card fraud is granted $7000 bail

A MAN was arraigned yesterday on several fraud and money laundering charges in connection with a resort gift card scam.

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Man sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to firearm charges

A MAN was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday after he admitted to having two loaded firearms in 2021 and 2022.

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Teen held on armed robbery charge and theft of auto

A TEENAGER was sent to prison yesterday after being accused of stealing a woman’s car last month.

Roundabout safety

Our roundabouts lack the necessary road signs to keep the motoring public safe.

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Police officer on alleged incest accusation to be charged today

POLICE Commissioner Clayton Fernander confirmed yesterday that an officer will formally be charged in Magistrate’s Court today for alleged incest.

Wednesday, March 1

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03012023 EDITION

Wednesday, 1st March, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: ‘Embrace equity’ at International Women’s Day March and Expo

ON SATURDAY, March 4, Equality Bahamas’ International Women’s Day March and Expo returns to its in-person format after two years of virtual design. As the name suggests, this event commemorates International Women’s Day which is on March 8 every year, and it is designed to bring women and girls together to learn, play, share, and explore together.

Night club disturbing the peace

Thank you for this opportunity to publicly address a menace that has been plaguing residents of Misty and Pastel Gardens for a very long time.

EDITORIAL: Too early to declare trip a success

THE CARICOM trip to Haiti has been declared a success.

EDITORIAL: Too early to declare trip a success

THE CARICOM trip to Haiti has been declared a success.

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Repair to bridge faces further delays frustrating residents in Grand Bahama

THE protracted delay of repairs at the Casuarina Bridge has residents frustrated and demanding answers on when work will be completed there.

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Dilipadated home demolished as crime preventative measure

URBAN Renewal demolished a dilapidated wooden structure in the Bain and Grants Town community yesterday as a preventive measure against criminal activity.

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Clay Sweeting dismisses FNM chairman’s criticism on Eleuthera water issues

CLAY Sweeting, MP for for Central and South Eleuthera, said the Davis administration has put a lot of focus in his area, despite Free National Movement Chairman Dr Duane Sands criticising the government for neglecting the island’s water issues.

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Stakeholders express concerns at meeting on $30m Gladstone Road improvement project

“IT IS not our intention to do a Village Road,” officials with the Ministry of Works said last night in response to concerns from various Gladstone Road stakeholders yesterday about the estimated $30m Gladstone Road Improvement Project.

International Women’s Day march returns

AFTER a two-year hiatus, Equality Bahamas is set to take the streets to demand women’s rights.

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Eggs ‘another cash cow Gov’t can milk’

A Bahamian agriculture entrepreneur yesterday voiced concern that the Government “sees another cash cow it can milk” to the detriment of existing producers with its $15m egg self-sufficiency project.

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GB Power ‘clawing way back’ in 25% profit rise

Grand Bahama Power Company was yesterday said to be “clawing our way” back to targeted net income after producing a 25 percent profits increase to $10m for the 2022 full-year.

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Gas station dealers mulling shut down

Gas station dealers are mulling a sector-wide shutdown this month amid growing concern about the ability of the industry’s fixed price controlled-margins business model to cope with a variety of cost increases.

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Labour on Blocks fairs generate 3,000 jobs

The Government’s director of labour says the ‘Labour on the Blocks’ job fair series has resulted in employment for more than 3,000 Bahamian job seekers since last May.

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Moxey tells GB students to ‘seize every opportunity to show your Bahamian pride’

GRAND Bahama Minister Ginger Moxey visited her alma mater yesterday, launching the first of a number of school visits as part of the Grand Bahama Independence Committee’s Road To 50 activities.

Sweeting: Review committee looking to give local government ‘more teeth’

OFFICIALS are looking at possibly amending the Local Government Act to give it more “teeth”, Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs Minister Clay Sweeting said yesterday.

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Registrar General woe is ‘beyond our control’

The Attorney General yesterday conceded that long-standing problems with the Registrar General’s Department’s online portal “are beyond our control” as lawyers and realtors branded the situation “a horror”.

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Complete at last! Paving work on Village Road done

AFTER several delays, major work for the Village Road Improvement Project is finally completed, marking the end of a long, frustrating journey for motorists and business owners in the area.

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Police officer in custody over incest allegations

A member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force is in custody and being questioned at the Criminal Investigations Department for alleged incestuous behaviour.

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CARICOM trip to Haiti hailed a success by PM

THE CARICOM delegation’s trip to Haiti on Monday was a success, said Prime Minister and CARICOM chairman Philip Davis, adding that it  marks the beginning of a journey that will help pave the way towards the holding of free and fair elections in Haiti.

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‘HEALTH CARE STRUGGLES AFTER RECENT SHOOTINGS’: FNM chairman calls for joint focus - as new hospitals announced

FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said a recent spate in shootings has affected public health services and a joint focus on crime and healthcare is needed.

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Man convicted of sleeping with a 14-year-old girl awaits sentencing

A MAN convicted of sleeping with an underaged girl will be sentenced later this month.

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Man given 15 years in prison for rape conviction

A MAN was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday after he was convicted of attempting to rape a woman at gunpoint in her home in 2020.

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Man accused of abusing daughter granted $5k bail

A 40-year-old father was granted $5,000 bail after he was accused of abusing his 16-year-old daughter earlier this month.

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$3k bail after pulling shotgun on WSC worker

A 68-year-old man was granted $3,000 bail yesterday after being accused of pulling a shotgun on a Water & Sewerage Corporation worker during a disconnection at his home in January.

Kalik maker overcomes $15.8m cost hike with 67% profits jump

COMMONWEALTH Brewery overcame an inflation-driven $15.8m increase in total costs to yesterday unveil 66.7 percent year-over-year profit growth for 2022.

J S Johnson puts COVID ‘in dust’ via 15% profit rise

J S Johnson shrugged off ongoing reinsurance capacity concerns to yesterday unveil a 15.1 percent profit increase for the 2022 that was aided by placing COVID-related restrictions “in the dust”.

Lament over disrespectful drivers

The motoring behaviour of the numerous new mini-taxis is something to behold.....zipping through traffic swerving from one lane to the next...running the red light, basically questions should they have been given a Taxi Licence?

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GSSSA track & field meet returns

EVENT organisers are excited for the return of the 30th annual Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) track and field meet.

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BAISS rivalry reignites between the QC Comets and SAC Big Red Machine

QUEEN’S College Comets will seek to dethrone their rivals St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine at the 2023 Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) track and field championships.

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Bahamian equestrians take Florida circuit by storm

BAHAMIAN equestrian athletes took the Florida equestrian circuit by storm this weekend, winning ribbons and championship honours in major competitions across the state from Palm Beach to Ocala.

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UB Mingoes men fight way back to 68-58 victory over Sand Dollar

THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes men’s basketball team started off slow against one of the top teams in the New Providence Basketball Association on Saturday night.

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Bahamas Jr Davis Cup team defeats Barbados 3-0

THE Bahamas Junior Davis Cup team defeated Barbados 3-0 yesterday at the Central America and Caribbean Jr Davis Cup pre-qualifying event in Guatemala.

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Bahamas girls suffer 2-1 loss to St Lucia at Junior Billy Jean King Cup

TEAM Bahamas lost their first match of the Junior Billy Jean King Cup for girls to St Lucia yesterday. They were beaten 2-1.

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Sunland Baptist takes title to Grand Bahama

36TH HUGH CAMPBELL BASKETBALL CLASSIC

The curtains came down on the 39th edition of the prestigious Hugh Campbell Classic on Monday night with the Sunland Baptist Stingers emerging as the back-to-back champions.