Stories for November 2023

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Thursday, November 30

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STATESIDE: Polls showing young and black voters may abandon Democrats

“OH my God!” a veteran pundit exclaimed. “Look at this!” She pointed to a recent copy of the New York Times with the following headline: “Why Biden’s weakness among young voters should be taken seriously.”

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FRONT PORCH: A fitting memorial for the Jubilee?

BUILDINGS and monuments are more than physical structures. They may also serve as memorials, as extensions of the soul, as commemorative landscapes recalling certain events and histories, summoning new generations to inscribe their stories on a living tradition or history.

EDITORIAL: Concerning that Davis was shocked by IMF report

WHEN Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis declared himself in yesterday’s Tribune to be “shocked” by a conclusion from the International Monetary Fund over the country’s deficit, it needs to be considered in light of how government actually works.

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11302023 EDITION

Thursday, 30th November, 2023.

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Bahamas Bar supports Johnson amid magistrate dispute

THE Bahamas Bar Association president came out in support of former Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson after concerns Mr Johnson wrote to Chief Justice Ian Winder about a senior magistrate were leaked, allegedly prompting the judge to complain to the police.

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Hanna Martin: We’re trying very hard to make schools a safe environment

AFTER a student stabbed another student on Tuesday, Education Minister Glenys Hanna Martin said officials are working “very hard to” create a “harmonious, synergistic environment for young people”.

Amendments to Anti-Doping in Sports Act to match international standards

REGULATIONS for athletes who want to use prohibited substances for therapeutic reasons are being tightened under a new amendment to the Anti-Doping in Sports Act.

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Gas retailers: ‘This is the time’ for margin increase

Bahamian petroleum retailers yesterday urged “this is the time” to grant a margin increase following last week’s 64-cent price drop with many said to be on the brink of “throwing away the keys”.

Economic output beats pre-COVID by $295m

Bahamian economic output for the 2023 first-half was last night said to have beaten pre-COVID comparisons by $295m in a signal that this nation is now moving beyond post-pandemic reflation.

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House passes bills that look to improve the judicial system

THE House of Assembly passed a group of bills to improve the judicial system.

Quarterly inspections of prisons outlined in newly tabled Detention Regulation bill

UNDER detention regulations tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday, a review committee would visit detention facilities quarterly to inspect premises, administrative procedures and the treatment of detainees, including food served, complaints made and requests.

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Funeral chief’s partial win in stolen auto loan battle

A funeral home principal has won a partial victory in her legal appeal over a case where Bank of The Bahamas extended a combined $74,000 in auto loans despite knowing one vehicle was stolen.

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Nygard scuttled $10m Bay Street wharf sale

Peter Nygard scuttled the $10m sale of a prominent Bay Street property that could play a vital role in downtown Nassau’s rebirth, a Supreme Court judge has revealed.

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DEADLY OUTCOME WARNING OVER BAIL: ‘If I could turn back time, I wouldn’t let my brother get bail’, Monitor company details alert system for police, Carlos Reid – curfew stipulations not being enforced

IF Carlisa Davis could rewind time, she wouldn’t let her older brother get bail. Elvardo Deveaux was 19 when he allegedly killed a man on Maxwell Lane and 22 when he was fatally shot on Milton Street.

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Judge to summon employer to court after claim that juror would be made to use vacation time during Gibson trial

A SUPREME Court Judge has summoned a major employer to court for reportedly telling their employee, a sitting juror in Adrian Gibson’s corruption trial, that their time off for jury duty will count as vacation leave.

‘Mother’ Pratt expected to return from leave soon as Darling fills in

Government House has announced that Governor-General Cynthia “Mother” Pratt is on leave and is expected to return to her duty soon.

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Man ordered to drug counselling after guilty plea to stealing from heart centre

A MAN was ordered to attend drug counselling for six months after admitting to stealing a car battery outside the Bahamas Heart Centre last week.

DeSantis an existential threat?

Gov. Ron DeSantis, while giving one of his weird incoherent campaign rants, threatened to “Flatten the Bahamas”. He made this statement while attempting to compare the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to what is happening in Gaza.

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Man accused of murder during armed robbery loses bail appeal

A MAN accused of killing someone during an armed robbery earlier this year had his latest bail application rejected by the Court of Appeal.

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PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Tatyana Madu performs well to earn award for November

GRAND Bahama native Tatyana Madu has turned in top performances in November to make her the Tribune Sports Player of the Month. The newest Tribune Sports section segment recognises the collective showings of athletes (male and female) across all sporting disciplines for each month.

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Bahamas Waste celebrates nine-year partnership with Nassau Rowing Club

BAHAMAS Waste continues to celebrate its nine-year partnership with Nassau Rowing Club, through a renewed commitment to ensuring the organisation’s sanitation needs are met year-round.

Youth Flag Football playoffs all set for Saturday

THE 2023 Bahamas Youth Flag Football League (BYFFL) playoffs and championships are set to begin this Saturday across the various age divisions on the playing fields opposite the original Thomas A Robinson national stadium.

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BAHAMAS SUFFERS 2-1 LOSS TO USVI: The US Virgin Islands earn their first win

The Bahamas senior women’s national soccer team wrapped up their Road to CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup experience with a 2-1 loss to the US Virgin Islands (USVI) in a home game at the Roscow AL Davies Soccer Field yesterday.

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Man granted bail after allegedly being found in possession of submachine gun

A MAN was granted bail yesterday after he was accused of being found with a loaded submachine gun in his home last week.

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Bail granted to man who was accused of injuring woman during a domestic dispute

A MAN was granted bail yesterday after he allegedly injured a woman during a domestic dispute last week.

Wednesday, November 29

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11292023 EDITION

Wednesday, 29th November, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Who is a woman?

SATURDAY, November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), marked the beginning of the Global 16 Days Campaign, also known as 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

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Junkanoo groups ready for upcoming Boxing Day and New Year’s parades

AFTER a fire destroyed its shack last year –– consuming dozens of drums, costumes, and materials –– the Prodigal Sons junkanoo group is in “good spirits” now as it prepares to return to Bay Street for the annual parades.

Abaco hurricane shelter progress inspected by govt and dignitaries

SHRI R. Masakui, High Commissioner for India to Jamaica, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the British Virgin Island inspected a hurricane shelter under construction in Abaco.

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All Saints shanty demolition begins

DEMOLITION activities began in the All Saints Way shanty town yesterday.

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Gov’t is urged: ‘Prove IMF wrong’ on deficit

The Government was yesterday urged to “prove the IMF wrong” over its deficit blow-out forecast with this nation’s top finance official revealing all major revenue lines are enjoying “double digit” growth.

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Nipped in the Bud: Brewery reversal over 40-year tie-up

Commonwealth Brewery yesterday suffered a reversal as the Court of Appeal sided with Budweiser’s global parent in the dispute over the termination of their 40-year Bahamian distribution deal.

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Opposition: IMF deficit warning ‘wake-up call’

The Opposition’s finance spokesman yesterday argued the IMF’s deficit warning should serve as “a wake-up call” for the Government not to waste “record-breaking revenues”.

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No ‘rush of blood’ on corporate income tax

The Bahamas was yesterday urged “not to have a rush of blood” in moving too swiftly on corporate income tax as the Government inches towards issuing a ‘white paper’ on the subject.

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High school boy stabbed by two others, says police report

THREE senior high school boys were involved in a stabbing incident yesterday.

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Gov’ts deficit near-miss as VAT $160m off target

The Government narrowly missed its deficit target for the recently closed 2022-2023 fiscal year despite a near-$160m undershoot on its VAT forecast, it was revealed yesterday.

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Officers in Azario Major case allowed to appeal

A SUPREME Court judge granted officers in the Azario Major killing leave to appeal the Coroner Court’s homicide by manslaughter ruling.

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‘Man set his uncle and mom on fire’

A 29-year-old man set his 54-year-old and 74-year-old uncle and mother on fire at a residence on Gibbs Corner yesterday.

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‘42 percent of murder victims were out on bail’

CARLOS Reid, a consultant in the Ministry of National Security, said 42 percent of the people killed this year were on bail.

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PM ‘SHOCKED’ BY IMF OVER DEFICIT: PM says no concerns were raised with him during recent meeting

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis has said he was shocked by the International Monetary Fund’s conclusion that government spending this fiscal year will outpace revenue by almost three times its projections.

Davis’s fight at COP 28

As world leaders convene at COP 28, the stakes could not be higher, especially for nations like the Bahamas. Prime Minister Davis, bearing the weight of our nation's experience with Hurricane Dorian, is set to lead a crucial fight for recognition and action on climate change, a battle underscored by profound human suffering and resilience.

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Cat Island woman’s murder trial sees testimony focus on victim’s body

A POLICE officer testified that the body of American Janice Kessinger was found nude on a beach in Cat Island in 2017 with gold jewellery on a cord around her neck.

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Front 9 Golf Tournament is back

THE Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy’s Front 9 golf tournament series got underway for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic this weekend at the Bahamas Golf Federation’s practice facility.

COI shows no progress at the polls

Dear editor, I was waiting with interest to see if the Coalition of Independents’ Facebook audience would actually show up in the vote tally. Now that this election is over, it is clear that those Live views are not translating into votes.

By-election affirms Davis’ PLP

Mercifully the bye-election in West End and Bimini has come to a conclusion. It was almost like torture watching and listening to the groveling manner and semantics of the ‘failed’ putative ‘leader’ of the defunct FNM and the absolute humiliation of the venerable Bishop Ricardo Grant.

Ingraham tribute to Helen Smith

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Helen Smith who served as my personal assistant and then, senior personal assistant throughout my first two terms in office as prime minister.

Carnival targeting ‘much more’ than 2.2m arrivals with GB port

Carnival Cruise Line expects to bring “much more” than the advertised 2.2m passengers per annum to its new Grand Bahama cruise port when the facility opens in 2025.

Minister backs constituents on propane plant opposition

A Cabinet minister yesterday joined Baillou Hills Estates residents in voicing opposition to the development of a $1.3m “state-of-the-art” propane gas plant off Tonique Williams Highway.

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Man charged with assaulting and injuring a woman with a box cutter

A MAN was granted bail after he allegedly injured a woman and threatened her with a box cutter last week.

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Man remanded after allegedly molesting a 15-year-old girl

A 39-year-old has been remanded after he allegedly molested a 15-year-old girl earlier this month.

Pintard resignation is bad idea

On A ZNS Radio talk show on the day following the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election, several callers suggested to the Progressive Liberal Party leaning host that Free National Movement Leader Michael Pintard, in keeping with our outdated Westminster system of government, should resign his position as leader.

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Witness that testified against Gibson admits to being questioned by police on fraud

A SENIOR engineer at the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) who has given testimony harmful to Adrian Gibson and his co-accused admitted police questioned her for suspected fraud last year.

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Rolle-Valente enjoying her career as pro bodybuilder

ALTHOUGH there was a big separation in between her performances, former Bahamian female teenage middle distance runner Kim Rolle-Valente is now making waves as a married mother as she flexes her physique on stage as a highly acclaimed British professional bodybuilder.

NPBA action: Rockets, Regulators in the win column

ON Monday night, the Leno Regulators and Discount Distributors Rockets pulled off wins in division one and two men’s basketball action for the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) at the CI Gibson Gymnasium.

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TEAM BAHAMAS SET FOR OLYMPIC QUALIFIER: Selected to play in Group B in Valencia, Spain

As they all watched the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024 draw unfold on Monday, assistant coach Moses Johnson said they are thrilled with the pool the Bahamas national men’s basketball team was placed in.

Tuesday, November 28

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11242023 British Legion

Friday, 24th November, 2023.

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11282023 EDITION

Tuesday, 28th November, 2023.

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FACE TO FACE: Neeson Williams - ‘I want to help others’

HE may only be in the sixth grade, but Neeson Williams is already becoming a leader in his community. He has proven that no matter how young you are, you can do amazing things that make a difference in the lives of others.

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PETER YOUNG: Immigration is top of agenda again in Britain

A widely familiar refrain is that politics is a dirty business.

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Police investigating two weekend suicide attempts

POLICE are investigating two attempted suicides – one involving a 16-year- old cruise ship passenger and the other an adult woman in Grand Bahama on Sunday.

EDITORIAL: Where is the investigation into Petty?

THE departure of Sylvanus Petty from his role as chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation came swiftly.

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Bahamas supports Nigerian UN Resolution passed over international tax disputes

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis reiterated his support for a resolution that potentially opens a path towards resolving international tax disputes through a United Nations-led process yesterday.

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Access Accelerator offering $40k grants to agriculture and fishing businesses

AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister Jomo Campbell applauded the launch of the Access Accelerator food security initiative, which provides $40,000 grants for agricultural and fishing businesses.

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Hotels eye 10% growth for peak winter season

Bahamian resorts are poised for an up to 10 percent year-over-year increase in business volumes for the 2024 first quarter, it was revealed yesterday, with the sector’s “greatest opportunity” still untapped.

Largest Bahamas First stake targeted in acquisition move

The largest shareholding in Bahamas First may soon change hands with the potential buyer already signalling its desire to expand that ownership interest beyond the initial 20 percent.

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IMF: Further ‘limit’ Central Bank’s financing of Gov’t

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last night called for a further “reduction in the limit” on how much funding the Central Bank can provide to the Government as it signalled the present bar is too high.

IMF: ‘Deeper effort’ on digital asset regulation

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last night urged The Bahamas to undertake “deeper efforts” to regulate digital assets firms by providing more resources to inspect their operations.

Help arrives as 18 Ghanaian nurses report for duty to address shortage

EIGHTEEN nurses from the Republic of Ghana have arrived to help with the nurse shortage in the Bahamas.

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Block on former Tribune editor’s pension will be investigated, says NIB

NATIONAL Insurance Board chairman Philip McKenzie said the board will investigate former Tribune managing editor John Marquis’ complaint that his pension payment has been blocked “for no good reason”.

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Honouring the nation builders

MORE than 100 people were recognised yesterday for their contribution to nation-building during the pre and post-independence periods.

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Davis: Desantis rocket remarks ‘misguided’

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said he believes Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ references to The Bahamas while defending Israel’s reaction to Hamas’ attack last week show he is misinformed.

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PM: No investigations into petty allegations

NEARLY two weeks after North Eleuthera MP Sylvanus Petty resigned as chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said an investigation was not launched into the underlying controversy, but that Mr Petty’s court testimony was enough to secure his fate.

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IMF WARNING TO GOVT ON DEFICIT: Spending expected to outpace income by three times forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last night blew a hole in the Government’s 2023-2024 Budget projections by warning the fiscal deficit will likely be almost three times’ higher than forecast.

Inagua man jailed for alleged wounding of man with cutlass

A MAN was remanded after he allegedly wounded a man at a police station in Inagua and assaulted four others with a cutlass last week.

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Man accused of breaking into gas station sent to Sandilands

A MAN was sent to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre after he allegedly attempted to break into a gas station in Andros earlier this year.

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200 hours of community service for debit card fraud

A MAN was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service yesterday after he admitted to using over $1,000 off a man’s debit card earlier this month.

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Man found with 8 ounces of marijuana fined $1,000

A MAN was fined $1,000 after admitting to having more than eight ounces of marijuana in his Bain Town home last week.

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Junior tennis players off to college showcase in Maples

SEVEN of the country’s top junior players are heading off to Maples, Florida to participate in a college showcase, thanks to their involvement in Island Tennis Bahamas at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.

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Women’s national soccer team prepare to host USVI

WITH a slightly different team that played in their first Gold Cup match, head coach Ricqea Bain is confident that the women’s national soccer team will perform much better as they christen the newly renovated field at the Roscoe Davies Developmental Center.

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Xavion signs deal with Bahamasair

With the rapid success he has achieved so far, judoka Xavion Johnson can now capitalise on his first local sponsorship deal, becoming the youngest partner of Bahamasair.

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DEREK SMITH: The balance anti-money laundering officers strike

In an era where financial crime is as innovative as the technology that battles it, the role of the compliance officer in the anti-money laundering (AML) domain has never been more pivotal or pressured.

Cyber Monday beats retailer expectations

Retailers yesterday said Cyber Monday sales exceeded expectations as reduced prices and service deals drove increased consumer demand.

Gov’t unveils $1m grant to boost ‘food security’

The Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) yesterday received $1m in grant funding that will be distributed between small and medium-sized businesses to boost Bahamian “food security”.

Briland ‘rolls with punches’ on Thanksgiving disruption

Harbour Island businesses yesterday said they had to “roll with the punches” over the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend due to the loss of water supply and electricity woes.

Monday, November 27

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WORLD VIEW: Breaking the OECD hold on global tax governance

“THE Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is nothing less than a Club of the world’s wealthiest countries which is determined to bend powerless countries to its will”. I wrote that statement in 2002 after four years of negotiations with the OECD against its unilateral imposition of a regime to counter what it called the ‘Harmful Tax Competition Initiative (HTCI)”, launched in 1998.

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THE KDK REPORT: The changing tide

I was born in Nassau, Bahamas, many years after the 1960s civil rights movement and segregation fight that plagued America, our closest neighbour. So, as a young black child, with the fortune of time, I was mercifully and geographically shielded from the weight of my own complexion.

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INSIGHT: By-election more of a revelation of the state of the FNM than a test of the PLP

WHEN the by-election in West Grand Bahama and Bimini was called following the passing of Obie Wilchcombe, there was a sense that it would be a mid-term test of the PLP administration. In truth, it seems to have turned out to be more of an assessment of the state of the FNM in opposition.

EDITORIAL: We should take time to give thanks

FOR some, the weekend gone was all about giving thanks.

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Govt leasing 18 rooms for Bahamians displaced by shanty town demolitions

MINISTER of State for Social Services Myles Laroda said 18 rooms at the Poinciana Arena on Bernard Road have been leased to provide housing assistance to Bahamians displaced by shanty town demolitions.

Frustrated over no promotion in 31 years

AFTER 31 years without a promotion, Telsene Thompson thought her moment had finally come on Friday.

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Corrections officers’ promotions will be delayed until 2024, says Glover-Rolle

PUBLIC Service and Labour Minister Pia Glover-Rolle said promotions for more than 400 Bahamas Department of Corrections officers won’t happen before the end of the year because the documents, which were recently submitted, must be processed one by one.

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‘Very happy campers’ on 36% KFC pay increase

The hotel union’s president has predicted “there are going to be some very happy campers” after the newly-signed Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) deal gave line staff a 36 percent pay rise spread over five years.

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PM hails UN resolution opening ‘fairer tax’ path

The Prime Minister yesterday hailed last week’s passage of a United Nations (UN) resolution that potentially opens a path towards a more just and fair approach towards resolving international tax disputes.

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Euro is gaining

ActivTrades

Black Friday is behind us. But the rise of online shopping has reduced the importance of Black Friday as a single day event. What originally started in the US has become a global event.

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Rotary Foundation honours service at their 12th annual Award Gala

LEGENDS were honoured and prizes were distributed amid the sounds of Junkanoo and smooth jazz during the Rotary Foundation’s 12th annual Awards Gala at the Rosewood Ballroom, Baha Mar on Saturday night.

Women United: Allegations against politicians and police in Nygard case should not be ignored

WOMEN United, a women’s advocacy group, said allegations that politicians and the police disregarded Peter Nygard’s “unsavoury practices” can’t be ignored.

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Man shot dead in South Beach area

Police are investigating after a man was shot dead in South Beach on Sunday night.

Briland ‘emergency’ over utility outages

Briland residents were yesterday said to be holding an “emergency meeting” after power and water outages disrupted the tourism hot-spot’s Thanksgiving and run-up to the peak winter season.

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Woman sues passport office for $21k over chair collapse

A WOMAN is seeking more than $20,000 in special damages and other awards after a Passport Office chair she sat in collapsed in 2018.

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Henfield says DeSantis remarks ‘distasteful’

FORMER Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ vow to flatten The Bahamas if it tried bombing his state is distasteful.

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Revised lawsuit expands list of defendants against Nygard

A CLASS action lawsuit in New York accusing Peter Nygard of assaulting 13 women in a wide-ranging criminal enterprise has been revised after the former mogul was convicted of sexual assault in Canada.

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COURT FIGHT AHEAD OVER NATIONAL FLAG: Supreme Court rules full trial needed on Bahamas copyright

The Supreme Court has dismissed a second Government bid to strike out a $328.5m damages claim over allegations that it pirated the design for the Bahamian national flag.

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Spartans win Baha Mar Hoops crown

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spartans’ forward Mikeal Brown-Jones called the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championships one of the greatest tournaments he’s ever played in.

‘Headwinds’ slash J S Johnson profit 12.54%

J S Johnson’s managing director is warning that “industry headwinds” across its business have slashed profits by 12.54 percent or almost $900,000 for the year to end-September 2023.

Retailers enjoy ‘steady’ Black Friday sales flow

Bahamian retailers have reported a “steady flow” of Black Friday customers and sales as persons “get the jump” start on their Christmas shopping.

Bahamasair launches flight to open Exuma

Bahamasair last Wednesday launched its inaugural service between Fort Lauderdale and Georgetown, Exuma, with around 50 passengers on the flight.

BTVI partners with Breezes to design employee uniforms

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has ventured into a partnership with SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas to supply uniforms for resort staff.

Women still wait on protection

November 25 marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the beginning of 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, culminating on December 10 - Human Rights Day. This year’s theme, “UNiTE! Invest to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls,” calls for meaningful action and funding towards creating a safer Bahamas where women and girls are free from violence.

Nygard’s conviction a wake-up call

Women United commends the recent conviction of Peter Nygard by the Canadian Court system. The verdict stands as a pivotal moment, shedding light on the unfortunate reality faced by many women who have suffered due to the reprehensible actions of individuals like Nygard. His conviction serves as a stark wake-up call, exposing the complacency of those who allowed his continued operations here in our country.

Time for FNM to re-evaluate

The West End and Grand Bahama by-election should be a wake-up call for the FNM. Yes, the PLP poured plenty resources into the contest. They also made plenty promises and signed quite a number of contracts.

Women’s group seeks to meet with Laroda before year’s end

ADVOCACY group Women United said it is still pushing to amend the Protection Against Violence Act and wants to meet with the new minister of state for social services before the end of the year.

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Cruise ship passenger airlifted after jumping from ship's balcony

A 16-year-old male cruise ship passenger was airlifted to the United States for medical aid after he intentionally jumped three floors from the ship’s balcony.

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Man shot dead in his car on West Bay Street

A 37-year-old man was killed near a bar on West Bay Street on Saturday.

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Pro boxer Carl Hield to square off with Colombian Edinson Jimenez

LESS than a week removed from his second professional win, veteran boxer Carl Hield will be back in the ring again on Tuesday.

Track and Field Classic ‘a tremendous success’

THE inaugural Bahamas Law Enforcement Co-Operative Credit Union Limited’s Law Enforcement Track and Field Classic on Saturday was termed a tremendous success, not just by the organisers, but the participants as well.

Sixth Best of the Best Regatta in Montagu Bay this weekend

WITH sailing now officially declared the national sport of The Bahamas, the hype has intensified as the skippers and their crew get their boats ready to compete in the sixth Best of the Best Sloop Sailing Regatta in Montagu Bay this weekend.

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Villanova Wildcats take third Battle 4 Atlantis title

THE Villanova Wildcats added a third Battle 4 Atlantis title to their collection after they triumphed 79-63 over the University of Memphis Tigers on Friday in the championship game at the Imperial Arena, Paradise Island.

Friday, November 24

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URCA actively investigating BTC, Aliv service outages

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is actively investigating service outages by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and Aliv, and it is hoped the investigation will be completed in the next few months.

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PHA Supplies Management Agency distributes Thanksgiving lunches

The Public Hospital Authority’s Supplies Management Agency distributed Thanksgiving lunches to hundreds of residents in the Nassau Street community on Friday.

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Bail for man charged over fight outside mall

A MAN was granted bail after he was accused of injuring someone in a fight outside the mall last week.

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Man fined $500 for marijuana possession

A MAN was fined $500 after admitting to having 4 3/4oz of marijuana on him earlier this month.

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Woman accused of stealing handbag containing $1,400

A WOMAN was granted bail yesterday after she was accused of stealing a handbag containing $1,400 in cash earlier this month.

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Three charged over firearm

A MAN, a woman and a 17-year-old girl were granted bail after allegedly being found with a loaded gun in an abandoned building after the man had been shot and injured in a gunfight.

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11242023 WEEKEND

Friday, 24th November, 2023.

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Clubs & Societies November 24th, 2023.

On Saturday, November 18th, the Kiwanis Club of Over-The-Hill and our Key Clubs from RM Bailey & Jordan Prince William assisted with the painting of four Gazebos at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: The missing Bahamian holiday – when do we officially give thanks?

FIRST it was the decision to peg Bahamian currency to the US dollar when a choice between the past and the future had to be made. Call it the first milestone in a culture that would slide into alignment with its neighbour to the north over the following decades. Later it was sharing the same taste in music, fast food, the stuff of everyday life, even the jeans we wore.

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ONE ELEUTHERA FOUNDATION – The lurking danger of margarine

IF corn were to be wiped from the face of the earth by a maniacal pathogen, we Bahamians would be lost for breakfast. On just about every restaurant menu throughout the archipelago, one can find “boiled fish”, “stewed fish”, “corned beef”, “tuna”, and “steamed sausage”, all traditionally served with grits.

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BTVI signs deal to make uniforms for Breezes staff

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute signed a deal yesterday to provide staff uniforms to Breezes.

Smaller delegation for COP28 meeting in Dubai

FEWER than 20 people will be a part of the delegation attending COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next week, far fewer than the group of 70 that represented the country in Egypt during last year’s event.

Probe launched into mangrove destruction

ACTING press secretary Keishla Adderley said an investigation is underway after more than 200,000 square feet of mangroves in the Adelaide Village area were destroyed.

Commissioner says issues slowed down voting process

SOME senior citizens took longer to vote than expected, while people lacking required documents also slowed down the voting process in West Grand Bahama and Bimini on Wednesday, according to acting Parliamentary Commissioner Arthur Taylor.

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Bahamas broker’s clients: ‘We’ll be left with nothing’

Deloitte & Touche liquidators and their attorneys have been awarded over $1m in costs despite clients of a collapsed Bahamas broker/dealer voicing fears this payment leaves nothing for them to recover.

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$200m renewable fund eyes summer ‘24 launch

The Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday said he is targeting summer 2024 for the launch of an up to $200m fund that will finance renewable energy’s build-out across The Bahamas.

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FNM wants Auditor General to probe maritime contracts

The Opposition will urge the Auditor General to “intervene” and probe allegations by a top civil servant that two maritime-related contracts were executed irregularly, its leader revealed yesterday.

Cable ‘well beyond half-way’ on fibre roll-out next month

Cable Bahamas’ top executive says it will likely be “well beyond the half-way point by December” in rolling-out its new fibre-to-the-home network infrastructure across New Providence.

Lunch vendors owed money will be paid

SOME lunch vendors in public schools have not been paid on time –– an issue the Ministry of Education said it is addressing.

Marinas: ‘Nothing’ heard on new online fee portal

Marina operators yesterday disclosed they have heard “nothing” about the online charter fee portal that was supposed to be created via a controversial $3.355m contract award.

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Vandals smash windows at Kendal Isaacs

THE National Sports Authority is investigating a vandalism incident at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium that damaged nine of the facility’s ten windows and door frames early Thursday morning.

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Truant hotline launching to report absent students

THE Ministry of Education is launching a hotline for people to report students who are not attending school.

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Grant ‘invited to CID’ but no complaint after video

POLICE said Bishop Ricardo Grant, the Free National Movement member who lost the race to be the MP for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, declined to file a complaint yesterday against a Bimini resident who alleged that he distributed money on his behalf before Wednesday’s by-election.

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‘PEOPLE WANTED MONEY FOR VOTE’: FNM coordinator says residents wanted cash just to turn up

AS polling wound down in the West Grand Bahama and Bimini constituency on Wednesday, David Wallace, the former Free National Movement MP for the area and coordinator of the party’s campaign, hoped a last-minute influx of FNM supporters would rescue the party’s chances, knowing a high turnout was critical to the party’s success.

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Pair bailed over loaded firearm

A MAN and a woman were granted bail after allegedly being found with a loaded gun in their home by police responding to a domestic incident.

Nassau and PI resorts enjoying Thanksgiving ‘record occupancy’

The Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board’s (NPIPB) chief executive yesterday said its resort members are reporting “record occupancy” for the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Seaplane private charter targeting Harbour Island

A US aviation operator is planning to launch private charter seaplane flights from south Florida to Harbour Island in early 2024 to meet growing demand for the latter location.

Sky dive promotion hit by insurance concerns

A new sky diving excursion yesterday revealed the Ministry of Tourism is reluctant to promote the venture over concerns that it lacks adequate insurance.

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IAN FERGUSON: The benefits from offering staff meals

Yesterday was perhaps the beginning of the holiday food season. No one underestimates the importance of food in the corporate environment. Employees come to work with food on their mind. They are either walking in with breakfast or stepping out to get it. By 11am they are ordering lunch, and by 3pm planning dinner.

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Jailed for breaking into customs area

A MAN was sentenced to two years in prison after admitting to breaking into the Department of Customs area at the Andros airport this week.

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$500 fine for man over marijuana possession guilt

A MAN was fined $500 after admitting to having 11 grams of marijuana last week.

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Police officer says confession was not beaten out of suspect

A POLICE inspector denied beating a confession out of Michael Newland after Newland admitted in a police interview to being part of the armed robbery of a bus on East Street in 2014 that left a 43-year-old male passenger dead.

Bus systems need more routes

Despite its many ills, the Bus System has been very good to the residents of New Providence. This has been especially true over the past five or six decades. The Bus System transports a significant percentage of the workforce that continues to build and develop our country on a daily basis.

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Bahamas Junior Sunfish Nationals rock Elizabeth Harbour

THE 2023 Bahamas Junior Sunfish Nationals took place this past weekend in beautiful Elizabeth Harbour in George Town, Great Exuma.

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Kix Academy off to 37th Annual Plantation Thanksgiving Classic

KIX Academy is heading to Plantation, Florida, today for the 37th annual Plantation Thanksgiving Classic.

Giants and Millionaires in NPBA win column

THE TMT Giants and the Mekaddish Millionaires pulled off the New Providence Basketball Association’s double header at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

Gainz for Life Fitness Center hopes ‘to have positive impact on everyone who joins’

WHILE her focus will be on her career as a professional bodybuilder, Lorraine LaFleur is leaving the day-to-day operation of her Gainz for Life Fitness Center in the capable hands of her talented young daughter Allyssa Fox.

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Windsor rowing teams win medals

DIRECTOR of rowing and head coach Rob Gibson said he was very impressed with the Windsor School Albany’s 10-member team that captured a pair of silver medals at the Brenderson Chase Regatta in Sarasota, Florida, over the weekend.

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RBDF Floaters capture the BGDSA Men’s Championship

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Floaters found themselves in familiar territory after defeating The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) Interceptors in dominating fashion to capture The Bahamas Government Departmental Softball Association’s 2023 men’s championship at the Blue Hill Playing Field over the weekend.

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Class of 2023: 12 inducted into the National Hall of Fame

NATIONAL HALL OF FAMERS: The 12 members of the Class of 2023 were inducted into the National Hall of Fame last night at Breezes SuperClubs.

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DR KENT BAZARD – Unveiling the Scientific Link Between Physical Activity and Enhanced Immune Function

AS the flu season looms, our best defence might just be a regular workout routine. Beyond its well-known benefits for cardiovascular health and weight management, exercise is proving to be a key player in bolstering our immune system.

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Ras Jesse Delancy in a new uniform

AFTER turning in a leading performance for the Benedict College Tigers, Ras Jesse Delancy is eager to continue his collegiate volleyball career with the University of Charleston Golden Eagles.

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Carl Hield notches second pro win

VETERAN boxer Carl Hield followed up his successful pro debut with another victory, this time at the Fight Night in Santa Marta, Colombia.

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Wildcats to face Tigers in Battle 4 Atlantis finale

The Villanova University Wildcats snuck past the North Carolina Tar Heels in an 83-81 overtime thriller to advance to their third Battle 4 Atlantis finals yesterday at the Imperial Arena, Paradise Island.

Thursday, November 23

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11232023 BUSINESS

Thursday, 23rd November, 2023.

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STATESIDE: Biden seeking to avoid gaffes

US President Joe Biden is known for avoiding live press conferences. In sharp contrast to his predecessor, Biden appears to believe that such largely unrehearsed sessions would expose him to more of the gaffes and errors that have occurred many times throughout his long public career – albeit without the crippling effect of some of his contemporaries’ mistakes and misstatements.

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FRONT PORCH: Where is the public monument for the 50th anniversary?

PUBLIC monuments play an essential role in the commemoration and celebration of significant national achievements, events and heroes. They are like visual storybooks crafted from granite, marble, bronze and various other stone and metal.

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Mother of toddler found dead in Abaco helping police

THE mother of a four-year-old girl who was found dead in Abaco is still assisting police with their investigations.

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$500,000 bill for Christmas decorations this year

AS the Christmas season approaches, New Providence and Family Island residents can expect a sparkling display of decorations worth over $500,000, according to Luther Smith, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Works and Utilities.

EDITORIAL: Five takeaways from by-election vote

THE race has been run. The votes have been counted. And after all the sound and fury, the money spent and the time on the campaign trail, we are back to where we started. West Grand Bahama and Bimini have chosen a PLP candidate to fill the vacancy left by the death of PLP MP Obie Wilchcombe.

Top housing official rapped over ‘excessive spending’

The Government’s chief housing officer was reprimanded for “excessive spending” that allegedly exhausted 92 percent of the department’s budget within the fiscal year’s first seven months.

‘Don’t base corporate income tax decision on Shell $1.55bn’

The Bahamas must not implement a corporate income tax “on the narrow performance of entities” such as Shell which last year paid zero tax on its local subsidiary’s $1.55bn profits.

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Liquidators control 30% of FTX Bahamas cash

FTX’s Bahamian liquidators have to-date gained control of just 30 percent of the local subsidiary’s $255.2m cash assets despite locating fresh recoveries in Switzerland.

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‘No wasting time’ declares new MP

WINNING more than 2,000 votes at the polls in the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election yesterday, newly elected MP Kingsley Smith said he and the Progressive Liberal Party are up for the challenge.

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Bain ‘awesome’ after winning 307 votes in by-election battle

COALITION of Independents Leader Lincoln Bain said although the Progressive Liberal Party won the by-election, his party is prepared to win the war ahead of the 2026 general election.

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‘No regret’ over contesting by-election for FNM leader

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard said he does not regret contesting the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election and does not believe the result shows the FNM is poorly positioned three years away from the next general election.

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Maritime contracts signed ‘maliciously’

A senior civil servant is alleging that two controversial multi-million dollar maritime contracts were executed “negligently, unlawfully and maliciously” in contravention of public service rules.

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German tourist missing after shark attack

A GERMAN tourist is missing after a shark attacked her in waters near West End on Tuesday.

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PLP VOTE RISES AS SMITH WINS RACE – Davis: We wanted to win for Obie

THE Progressive Liberal Party’s Kingsley Smith comfortably won the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election yesterday, buoying the Davis administration in a race some saw as a potential barometer of the governing party’s popularity near the mid-point of its term.

Two year wait for MSC deal

The obviously rushed for PR effect HOA with MSC for further expansion at their treasure island Ocean Cay raises a critical question … declared that the proposal for the $100m development was pending more than two years! By the way Ocean Cay has nothing to do with Bimini or West End.

Distribution contracts may frustrate competition plan

A food retailer yesterday said the long-standing distribution contracts that many Bahamian wholesalers have with global brands could frustrate the Government’s plans to introduce more competition.

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CI Gibson Rattlers open up strong in GSSSA basketball

THE CI Gibson Rattlers’ senior girls and boys put the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) on notice after both earned resounding double-digit wins yesterday against the Doris Johnson Senior High School Mystic Marlins.

Gov’t urged: ‘Stop talking nonsense’ on GBPA sale

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday said the Government has to “stop talking nonsense” over the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA).

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Battle 4 Atlantis men: Tar Heels to face Wildcats In Semifinals today

THE 12th Battle 4 Atlantis men’s tournament got off to a hot start for the Villanova Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels yesterday at the Imperial Arena, Paradise Island.

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‘Coach Yo’ experiences glory on home soil

The sounds of sweet Junkanoo music playing filled the Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, on Monday as the University of Mississippi Ole Miss Rebels were crowned the third Bad Boy Mowers women’s champions.

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Parents of two-year-old found dead granted bail

THE parents of Daniel Nixon, a two-year-old found dead in bushes in Fox Hill last week, were granted $7,000 bail yesterday after spending two nights in prison.

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Accused ‘confessed to being part of fatal armed robbery’

A POLICE INSPECTOR testified yesterday that a man confessed to being part of the armed robbery of a bus on East Street in 2014 that left a 43-year-old male passenger dead.

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Man charged with damage, grievous harm, threats of death

A MAN was granted bail after he allegedly stalked, threatened and injured his ex-girlfriend last month.

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Man accused of stealing solar panels from Bahamas Harvest Church

A MAN was granted $7,000 bail yesterday after he allegedly stole $21,218.22 worth of solar panels from Bahamas Harvest Church over the summer.

Keep views of the coast

As a tourism destination, vistas, views along the coast are essential to be retained and not obstructed, but we see more and more walls going up and vegetation growth growing taller and taller blocking all vistas.

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Data-driven insights key for sustainable success

In the dynamic realm of business and technology, the role of data-driven decision-making stands out as a cornerstone for successful digital transformation. As industries adapt to the demands of the digital era, leveraging data strategically has become a crucial factor in gaining a competitive edge.

Wednesday, November 22

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PLP candidate Kingsley Smith wins West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election

ROUND UP: PLP candidate Kingsley Smith has won the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election. In the unofficial vote total, Mr Smith finished with 2,150 ahead of the FNM's Bishop Ricardo Grant with 1,276, Coalition of Independents leader Lincoln Bain with 307, DaQuan Swain, Independent, with 28 and Terneille Burrows, Independent, with four. Don't miss Thursday's Tribune with all the news and reaction from the day's events.

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11222023 EDITION

Wednesday, 22nd November, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Ending gender-based violence against women

THE Global 16 Days Campaign, also know as 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, begins on Saturday. This annual campaign runs from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (IDEVAW)) to December 10 (Human Rights Day). This is an important time of year for women’s rights organizations and other non-governmental organizations and movements working to end gender-based violence against women.

EDITORIAL: Time for voters to have their say

IT is by-election day, and as you read this, voters in West Grand Bahama and Bimini are having their say on who will be their representative in Parliament.

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Change to court rules ‘would allow Supreme Court to recognise Tribunal judgements more quickly’

CHIEF Justice Ian Winder said changes to court rules would resolve a deficiency in the structure of the Industrial Tribunal by allowing the Supreme Court to recognise Tribunal judgements more quickly.

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Industrial Tribunal closed 242 cases last year in a ‘landmark period’

INDUSTRIAL Tribunal president Indira Demeritte-Francis said the body closed 242 cases last year, the majority resolved in less than a year.

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Aliv ‘set for success’ with $55m refinance

Cable Bahamas’ top executive yesterday asserted that an “up to” $55m refinancing package agreed with the Government will “set up Aliv for future success”.

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Gov’t ready to ‘step to plate’ and buy GBPA

The Government has been negotiating to acquire the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) for months with the Prime Minister yesterday confirming it is “willing to step to the plate” and agree a deal itself.

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Deal’s ‘equal treatment’ for 53k FTX Bahamas claims

FTX’s Bahamian liquidators “are in the advanced stages” of negotiating a “global settlement” with their US counterpart that will ensure equal treatment for their near-53,000 creditors.

Melia site set for $500m outlay on 600-room hotel

The Prime Minister yesterday revealed that Baha Mar’s owner plans to invest up to $500m in developing a new 600-room resort on the site of the old Melia Nassau Beach hotel.

Commonwealth cuts loan delinquency by up to 5%

Commonwealth Bank says non-performing loans have reduced by between 1-5 percent across all credit segments since year-end 2022 as its portfolio expands faster than market growth.

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Ingraham criticises use of uniformed officers in campaign

FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was critical of how uniformed officers are used on the campaign trail for Progressive Liberal Party members.

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Police probe suspicious death

POLICE are investigating the suspicious death of an adult male.

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Man held after video appears to show him offering money ahead of by-election

A BIMINI resident is in police custody after appearing in a video offering people money ahead of today’s by-election.

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TIME TO DECIDE: Voters go to the polls in West Grand Bahama and Bimini

THE by-election in West Grand Bahama and Bimini today will test support for the governing Progressive Liberal Party, which is fighting to maintain a seat it won comfortably in 2021 and has held all but twice since 1972.

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Man accused of threats to PM cleared of bail violations

A MAN accused of making death threats against the Prime Minister was acquitted of bail violation charges yesterday because of insufficient evidence.

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Davis: We’d approve Port Authority sale to right buyer

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said his administration would approve the sale of the Grand Bahama Port Authority if the new owners meet the government’s standards.

Better IP protection ‘great’ but creatives require more

The Government’s bid to create a dedicated intellectual property (IP) office was yesterday hailed by musicians as a “great” advance in helping to safeguard their creative works against piracy and theft.

By-election spending is ‘win-win’ for Bimini

Bimini’s Chamber of Commerce president yesterday hailed spending by both political parties on today’s by-election as a “win-win” for all residents and the island’s economy.

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Millie Vlasov and Gulliver du Saint-Chene have an impressive showing

MILLIE Vlasov aboard Gulliver du Saint-Chene turned in an impressive performance in the CSI3* 1.50m Grand Prix at the MET Autumn Tour II in Oliva, Spain, finishing 12th out of 50 rider/horse combinations from 19 countries.

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BBFF can now boast of having 20 active professionals in the sport

WITH four more competitors earning their professional status this year, the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation can now boast of having 20 active professionals in the sport.

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Dynasty Hoops: Elite Ballers win title

THE Elite Ballers Club, featuring local female high school basketball players, returned home from the Dynasty Hoops Elite Championship as the champions over the weekend in Orlando, Florida.

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Man charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm

A MAN was granted bail after he was allegedly found with a loaded gun on Junkanoo Beach last week.

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Three month sentence for razor attack

A WOMAN was sentenced to three months in prison after admitting to attacking someone with a razor last week.

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Court hears woman’s body found buried on beach in Cat Island

A POLICE officer testified yesterday that authorities found the nude body of an elderly American woman buried on a beach on Cat Island in 2017 with a cord around her neck.

No change to zoning, please

Changing of zoning applications are growing and growing to credit of Town Planning we see advertisements in the print media regularly today, but should changes to zoning be permitted?

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Jason ‘Shred’ Johnson and Kaif Young emerge as champion and runner-up

ASSISTANT national bodybuilding coach Jason ‘Shred’ Johnson and Kaif Young emerged as the champion and runner-up respectively in the IFBB Elite Pro Mr Universe Colombia Show over the weekend.

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CONCACAF Nations League: Bahamas could be relegated – Bahamas men’s national soccer team suffers 6-1 loss to Puerto Rico

The Bahamas men’s national soccer team suffered a 6-1 loss to Puerto Rico last night in the CONCACAF Nations League at the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and could end up being relegated from League B to League C.

Tuesday, November 21

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11212023 EDITION

Tuesday, 21st November, 2023.

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Maritime Corps thriving - with some challenges

Recently, the instructors involved in the Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC) held a conclave to discuss both progress and challenges.

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Praise for Jervon - the nation’s new Rhodes Scholar

The Ministry of Education and Technical and Vocational Training has praised the nation’s newest Rhodes Scholar, Jervon Sands, a graduate of Saint John’s University.

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PETER YOUNG: Remembrance Sunday is emblem of Britain’s soul as a nation

AS the news cycle moves on remorselessly and public attention is inevitably diverted elsewhere, I should like today to comment once more on the controversy surrounding last weekend’s pro-Palestine march in London.

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FACE TO FACE: From Long Island to leadership

FRANK Watson, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, was one of six honorees who were recently commended for outstanding loyalty and for putting service above self by the Long Islanders’.

Expanded heads of agreement signed for Ocean Cay

THE Davis administration has signed an expanded Ocean Cay heads of agreement with MSC Cruises that incorporates a new marine conservation centre, renewable energy and facility upgrades.

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Pintard says govt lying about FNM projects

FNM leader Michael Pintard said Bahamians are worse off under the current government.

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‘Incredibly difficult’ for middle class to ever purchase home

Middle class Bahamians will find it “incredibly difficult to ever get a home”, developers and realtors warned yesterday, with financing and other hurdles constantly being raised that “little bit higher”.

Public sector debt drops $93m during first quarter

Total public sector debt fell by $93m during the first quarter of the 2023-2024 fiscal year, it was disclosed yesterday, cutting it slightly from its June peak as the foreign currency share fell by 1.5 percentage points.

Bahamians using renewables ‘without understanding’ them

Bahamians are using key components of renewable energy technology “without understanding where or when or how” it impacts their lives, regulators are asserting.

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Bahamas ‘negligent’ in protecting innovators

The Attorney General yesterday admitted The Bahamas has been “negligent” in protecting the innovations of its entrepreneurs by failing to keep pace with intellectual property (IP) safeguards.

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Bishop Grant makes closing pitch ahead of vote

Bishop Ricardo Grant pledged to be a fierce advocate and a strong voice that will fight for West Grand Bahama and Bimini.

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Mitchell says vote bribe claim ‘completely false’

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell said Michael Pintard’s claim that the party is buying voters to win the week’s by-election is “completely false” and “a disregard” of democratic principles.

No Bahamas taxes on Shell’s $1.55bn profits

The case for imposing a corporate income tax was yesterday said to be have been strengthened by revelations that a Shell subsidiary paid not a cent in tax on $1.55bn of profits generated in The Bahamas.

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Academic star Camille dies of cancer, aged 19

A 19-year-old Bahamian college student who died from ovarian cancer on Saturday had been determined to finish her education, according to her brother.

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Parents of baby Daniel accused of cruelty

THE parents of Daniel Nixon, a two-year-old found dead in bushes in Fox Hill last week, were remanded to prison yesterday for cruelty to children.

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Davis: not a hard choice

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said it was not a hard choice for voters in this week’s by-election and they should choose PLP candidate Kingsley Smith.

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‘No problem’ says Pintard despite missing Dr Minnis

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard dismissed questions about Dr Hubert Minnis’ absence from rallies in the West Grand Bahama and Bimini constituency ahead of tomorrow’s by-election.

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‘CHAOS’ AS FERRY SANK, SAYS FAMILY: Grandmother who died in incident ‘was given faulty oxygen tank’

THE granddaughter of the 75-year-old American woman who died when a Blue Lagoon Island ferry teetered last week claimed staff gave her grandmother a faulty oxygen tank that couldn’t be turned on.

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REBELS RUN AWAY WITH BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS TITLE: Coach Yo - first Bahamian coach to win the crown - and Ole Miss make history

The University of Mississippi Ole Miss Rebels pulled off a decisive 60-49 win over the University of Michigan Wolverines in the championship round of the third Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis women’s tournament yesterday at the Imperial Arena, Paradise Island.

Potter’s Cay vendors: How was blaze allowed to occur?

All Potter’s Cay Dock vendors were yesterday said to be back in operation apart from the five stalls that were either destroyed or severely damaged by the weekend’s fire.

Restaurant entrepreneur targeting six franchisees

A Bahamian entrepreneur yesterday said he is seeking up to six franchisees at $150,000 apiece to expand his restaurant brand throughout this nation.

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Careers fair opens up options for future

ST George’s High School hosted a local college-career fair recently to expose students to post-secondary opportunities available in the Bahamas.

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‘Suspect’s DNA found under victim’s nails’

A DNA analyst testified that Rodrigo Rolle’s DNA was found under Janice Kissinger’s fingernails after the elderly American woman was killed in Cat Island in 2017.

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Witness accused of wrong calculations in Gibson trial case

A SENIOR manager of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) denied a defence attorney’s suggestion yesterday that she made the wrong calculations when estimating the cost of painting WSC tanks.

$5 fee for a cent debt

Kindly allow me a little space in your valuable newspaper to inquire if the one cent $0.01 drop or added to your bill has been changed or dropped. I paid a BTC Bill during the month of October 2023 with a balance of $00.56 cent and a payment of $00.55 cents was made and change was given back.

Downtown Nassau ‘very dirty’

My daily commute takes me along the city centre and on to my final destination, but on yesterday, I took a detour ending at Starbucks, John Bull, Bay Street and as I await my coffee, I just couldn’t help myself from overhearing a part of a conversation that a guest to our country was having on his telephone:

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Cruise passenger beat cousin’s head into bathroom basin

AN American cruise passenger admitted to beating her cousin in the bathroom of their room while their cruise was near Abaco last week.

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Suspect accused of gunning man down on his porch

A MAN is behind bars after he allegedly gunned down a 21-year-old man on his porch in Kennedy Subdivision this spring.

Thanksgiving Basketball Tourney in its 23rd year

WHILE the ladies and men’s collegiate teams are in New Providence for the various basketball tournaments, Grand Bahama will showcase a number of visiting high school senior boys’ teams over the Thanksgiving weekend.

SPIA Relays Challenge turns out to be great event at UB

THE SPIA 2023 Relays Challenge had some challenges at the start of the competition on Saturday, but it turned out to be a great day for the participants at the University of the Bahamas.

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CONCACAF Nations League: Bahamas vs Puerto Rico

THE Bahamas senior men’s national soccer team is slated to take on Puerto Rico at 7pm today at the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium.

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Baha Mar Hoops takes centre stage

THE 2023 Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championships for 10 NCAA division one collegiate women’s teams got started yesterday at the Baha Mar Convention Center with the Georgia Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes and Florida Gators all producing early victories.

Monday, November 20

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11202023 EDITION

Monday, 20th November, 2023.

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THE KDK REPORT: A different path

ON an island where time already crawls, during rainstorms it can sometimes feel as though the world has just stopped spinning. Within this vortex, where the sun is blanketed by thick dark clouds and all forms of life have retreated to shelter, time feels suspended, like dust particles in the air without a breath of wind. For those who live alone, the quiet can be deafening leaving an eerie, palpable, feeling that you’re the only person on the planet.

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WORLD VIEW – Guatemala: Lessons in the fight for democratic integrity

IT was a prophesy foretold – the eruption of violence in the face of attempts to disqualify from office a President and his party who were elected by the overwhelming majority of the electorate in Guatemala.

EDITORIAL: Minnis missing on by-election trail

ON Wednesday, voters go to the polls in West Grand Bahama and Bimini – and each of the major parties has been throwing its political heavyweights at the campaign.

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INSIGHT: He was a predator in our midst - so why does no one want justice?

SERIAL predator Peter Nygard cornered women in his private suite and sexually assaulted them, time and time again – but judging by the response of officials here in The Bahamas, it’s no big thing.

$2m roadworks contract signed ahead of by-election

DAYS before a by-election in Bimini, the Davis administration signed a $2m road works contract on Friday to pave, reconstruct and repair roads and drains on that island.

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‘Non-controllable’ cost surge blocks bank matching 2022

Commonwealth Bank believes it would have come close to matching 2022’s “extraordinary” nine-month profitability had it not been for $3m in new Business Licence fees and utility costs “more than doubling”.

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Chamber chief: Cost of living ‘is out of control’

Abaco’s Chamber of Commerce president says the cost of living is “getting out of control” as she warned the island can absorb no further hikes following the summer’s “exorbitant” light bills.

RBC blocked from twice seeking default damages

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has been blocked from pursuing damages twice over the same delinquent loan that a Bahamian jitney operator first defaulted on more than 12 years ago.

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Four-year-old girl found dead on beach

A four-year-old girl was found dead on the beach in Abaco on Saturday.

First-time Jollification vendor shares message of love

AFTER she lost her hair to alopecia, Tecoya Curry’s boyfriend showed his love for her by making a wooden craft of her baldness.

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‘Rigorous independent investigation’ into Blue Lagoon accident

BLUE Lagoon Island said a “rigorous, independent forensic” investigation has been launched after last week’s accident, which grabbed headlines internationally and left an elderly woman dead.

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Stalls destroyed at Potter’s Cay after boat catches fire

A FIRE destroyed three stalls at Potter’s Cay Dock yesterday and significantly damaged two others.

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Mortgage loan approvals hit 4-and-a-half year low

Mortgage loan approvals have slumped to their lowest level in four-and-a-half years, it has been revealed, with almost one in four applications rejected because borrowers have a 50 percent debt service ratio.

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Mom says son found dead outside Tribune had a history of seizures

THE mother of an 18-year-old youth found dead next to The Tribune on Thursday said he suffered from seizures and died several hours after escaping from the Princess Margaret Hospital.

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INGRAHAM: WE HAD TOO MANY SEATS – Former PM calls for balance and warns of risk of large majorities

FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham decried the large parliamentary majorities Bahamians have granted governing parties in recent elections while encouraging Bimini residents to vote for the Free National Movement in this week’s West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election.

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Baha Mar Hoops: Hurricanes clinch men’s title

THE University of Miami Hurricanes made their short trip to the Bahamas a memorable one at the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championships yesterday in the Baha Mar ballroom.

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Rhema Collins: ‘I am very proud of my team’

AMONG the Bahamians cheering on the University of Mississippi Ole Miss Rebels today in the Battle 4 Atlantis women’s championship game includes rookie forward Rhema Collins.

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OLE MISS REBELS ADVANCE TO FINALS: Pull off nine-point comeback victory against Wildcats at Battle 4 Atlantis

The University of Mississippi Ole Miss Rebels are headed to their first Battle 4 Atlantis finals after completing a 9-point comeback victory against the University of Arizona Wildcats at the Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis women’s semifinals yesterday.

Royal Caribbean suspends excursions to Blue Lagoon

Royal Caribbean is reported to have temporarily suspended through Thanksgiving Day all passenger excursions to Blue Lagoon Island in the wake of last week’s tragic boat sinking.

Full-year fiscal outcome to be revealed this week

The Ministry of Finance’s top official says the 2022-2023 full-year fiscal performance will be unveiled this week and asserted that the “numbers are very encouraging”.

LPIA to match or beat Thanksgiving records

The Bahamas’ major airport gateway yesterday said it expects passenger numbers for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend to meet or exceed pre-COVID’s 30,000-plus record.

Solar installation targets 15% UB energy cost cut

The University of The Bahamas (UB) is seeking to slash its energy costs by 15 percent via the installation of some 800 solar panels financed by an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project.

Celebrate men too

Kindly allow me space in your column to congratulate Baha Mar Resorts for recognising and rewarding Male leadership on International Men’sDay.

Govt voice mail

Government Officials using Voice Mail clearly to avoid contact with the people that pay their salaries.

The cost of insurance

Medical Health Insurance in The Bahamas unless in a group is exceptionally expensive.

West loses another dumb war

ON Wednesday, voters go to the polls in West Grand Bahama and Bimini – and each of the major parties has been throwing its political heavyweights at the campaign.

Governor urges: ‘Accelerate’ agency banking development

The Central Bank’s governor has urged financial institutions to “accelerate their thinking” on using agency banking to offer services in the Family Islands amid efforts to roll-out the necessary regulations in 2024.

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Saintus, Lightbourn victorious in Bahamas Half Marathon

CHRISTOPHER Saintus and Yunelis Lightbourn celebrated their second victories in the Bahamas Roadrunners’ Bahamas Half Marathon yesterday.

Sports Notes

THE New Providence Basketball Association continued its regular season action with a pair of games played at various gyms on Friday and Saturday night.

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Pro Boxer Rashield Williams wins again

IT didn’t take Rashield Williams that long to win his fourth professional boxing match for the year.

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ADVERTORIAL: CG Atlantic Invites Applications for 2024 Summer Internship Programme

CG Atlantic is excited to announce the opening of applications for its highly sought-after Summer Internship Programme. Geared towards college students and recent graduates aspiring to pursue a career in the insurance industry, this programme provides an invaluable opportunity to immerse oneself in the dynamic world of insurance. The in-person programme is scheduled to run from June to August 2024.

Friday, November 17

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Contract signed for solar rooftop project at University of The Bahamas

THE Ministry of Finance signed a contract with ANO Technologies Ltd on Friday to start a solar rooftop project at the University of The Bahamas to reduce the institution’s energy costs.

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Pedestrian seriously injured after being hit by car in Grand Bahama

A male pedestrian was struck by a car and seriously injured on the East Sunrise Highway in Grand Bahama on Friday evening. The accident occurred in the vicinity of the Municipal Motors Service Station at around 7pm and involved a white-coloured Chevy sedan vehicle.

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Man facing murder charge accused of assault with a deadly weapon

A MAN facing a pending murder charge was denied bail after he allegedly assaulted someone with a gun last month.

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Triple murder accused gets eight month sentence for violation of bail conditions

A MAN on bail accused of a triple murder was sentenced to eight months in prison after he admitted to consistently failing to sign into his local police station.

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Nurse testifies she treated murder accused after his arrest

A NURSE testified that she treated Rodrigo Rolle following his arrest for his alleged involvement in the murder of an elderly American woman in Cat Island in 2017.

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Burglary and aggravated assault charges

A MAN was remanded over the weekend after he allegedly broke into the home of a woman in Exuma and attacked her.

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11172023 WEEKEND

Friday, 17th November, 2023.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Swimming - when sport becomes survival

IN the darkness of pre-dawn, when most of us are pulling the covers over our heads finding a perfectly good excuse to snuggle right where we are for a few more minutes, Percy Knowles is preparing for his morning routine, the same as he has done for decades.

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Two men shot dead in Nassau Village

Police are probing a double-shooting incident that claimed the lives of two men on Friday afternoon.

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Eric Wiberg – A budget and a dream that became a passion

Bomber on a budget. That’s what I chose to name my pyric missions to find the metal and scraps of old World War II aircraft in our country.

EDITORIAL: Any young life’s end is a loss

EMERGENCY lights were flashing outside The Tribune last night – so of course our reporters went to find out what was going on.

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POLICE ADVISORY: TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES

The Traffic Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force wishes to advise the general public of temporary road closures on Sunday 19th November, 2023 to facilitate the Eleventh Annual Bahamas Half Marathon Relays.

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Social services needs more funding due to rising costs, says Laroda

MINISTER of State for Social Services Myles Laroda said more funding will be needed to sustain the Department of Social Services until the next budget cycle in 2024, citing inflation, rising electricity bills, limited increases in the minimum wage, and Bahamians’ reliance on assistance programmes.

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Delays on rebuilding critical GB airport ’another disappointment’, says Turnquest

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest stressed that an international airport is critical for Grand Bahama and expressed disappointment over the wait for the project.

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Fidelity ‘not revising’ $16m profits target

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) yesterday said it is “not revising” its $16m profit target for the 2023 full-year despite its bottom line for the first nine months slumping by 31.5 percent year-over-year.

Long Island developers eye Diamond Crystal site revival

A developer aiming to transform the site of Long Island’s one-time largest employer yesterday pledged to “change the narrative” that “conservation and development are at odds” in The Bahamas.

Long Island developers hope for ‘quick’ approvals

Two developers targeting Long Island’s former Diamond Crystal plant with separate eco-tourism investments yesterday voiced optimism that the required approvals will be processed “very quickly”.

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DPM wants Long Island airport opening this term

The deputy prime minister yesterday said he “fully expects to cut the ribbon” for the opening of Long Island’s new international airport before the Davis administration’s term in office ends in 2026.

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BPL hit by three-fold ordering time jump

A Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) executive yesterday urged new developers to inform it of their energy needs as rapidly as possible given that it now takes three times’ as long to order key parts.

West Grand Bahama and Bimini By-Election Advanced Poll sees 95 percent turnout

THE advanced poll in Bimini had a 95 per cent turnout rate, according to administrator Eva Kay Arthur, the assistant returning officer overseeing the process on that island.

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Advertorial: Coastal Loss Adjusters Expands Global Presence with New Office in Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas – Coastal Loss Adjusters, a leading provider of public insurance claims adjusting services for policyholders, is excited to announce the opening of its newest office in Nassau, Bahamas. This strategic expansion is a testament to the company's commitment to serving clients worldwide and enhancing its presence in the Caribbean.

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Police Commissioner says murders down by 16 percent

POLICE Commissioner Clayton Fernander said major crimes are trending down, with the murder rate 16 per cent lower than it was up to this time last year.

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Fernander: Parents of child found dead unfit

POLICE Commissioner Clayton Fernander said the parents of the two-year-old boy found dead in Fox Hill on Tuesday are unfit to keep their other four young children.

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Moultrie: Petty should resign as deputy speaker of the House

FORMER House of Assembly Speaker Halson Moultrie believes North Eleuthera MP Sylvanus Petty should resign as deputy speaker of the chamber for the same reason he was removed as chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation.

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Police Chief ‘will search for files’ in Nygard probe

POLICE Commissioner Clayton Fernander said he will search for the investigation files concerning complaints women in The Bahamas made about Peter Nygard to see why charges were never brought against the former fashion mogul.

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DOUBTS OVER SMITH’S ‘ABSURD’ ASSET CLAIM: Sands asks how can former passport chief not have bank account

DR DUANE Sands ripped into Kingsley Smith’s financial declarations for the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election, insisting the PLP’s candidate has “absurdly” implied that he does not have a bank account.

Concerned by changes by telecoms

I’m presently a director at a global internet service orovider. I started my career at BTC. I’ve been in telecommunications for more than 20 years. In the past, I’ve not commented on The telecommunications sector in The Bahamas, however, I think last week’s announcements and the comments deserves an editorial. Would you please permit this to be printed.

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Man accused of molesting 15-year-old girl granted bail

A 34-year-old man was granted $5,000 bail after he allegedly molested a 15-year-old girl.

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Two men accept plea deal for string of armed robberies - sentenced to six years prison time

TWO men were sentenced to six years in prison as part of a plea agreement for a string of armed robberies that occurred from 2017 to 2020.

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Man who held woman hostage on his bus and raped her gets ten-year sentence

A BUS driver was sentenced to ten years in prison for trying to rape a woman he held hostage outside the Mall of Marathon in 2021.

Business not easy in The Bahamas

Inflation — alleged unnecessary cost increase of retail — merchants not passing reduction of Duty/Taxes on?

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Cornish trial for alleged rape and physical assault set for April 2024

NORTH Abaco MP Kirk Cornish’s trial for alleged rape and physical assault against his ex-girlfriend is set to begin on April 29, 2024.

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DR KENT BAZARD – Beyond Introduction: Deepening the Dive into Sport Psychology and Mental Conditioning for Athletes

Building upon the foundations laid in our previous exploration of sport psychology, this feature delves deeper into the realms of mental conditioning for athletes.

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Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches hosting throwers’ clinic with Jack

IN their bid to provide an opportunity for more coaches to get exposure to coaching in all areas of the sport, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches (BAAC) is hosting a three-day throwers’ clinic under the supervision of American coach Greg Jack.

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BLTA president Newton: We had a good showcase

FOLLOWING a busy two weeks at the National Tennis Centre (NTC), beginning with a regional training camp and concluding with the U14 Junkanoo Bowl, BLTA president Perry Newton was impressed with the development and competition levels on display.

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Boxer Carl Hield prepares for second pro match

BAHAMIAN boxer Carl Hield will make his commute to Santa Marta, Colombia, today to prepare for his second professional boxing match scheduled for next week Wednesday.

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Memphis in town for Battle 4 Atlantis

THE Memphis Tigers women’s basketball team, through their connection with Bahamian Olympic and world champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, took advantage of their free day before the start of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament to host a basketball clinic for some of the local high school players.

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Brown and Armbrister bring home the medals

Coach and chiropractor Mike Armbrister and fitness guru Natasha Brown returned from the 2023 NCCMA Outdoor Athletics Championships in Juarez City, Mexico, with some hardware over the weekend.

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IAN FERGUSON: Avoiding problems with workplace friendships

Having close friendships in the workplace can be beneficial for employee well-being and productivity. But there are also challenges that can arise when friends work together. These situations, and the potential risks, must be navigated with the utmost sensitivity. It is important to strike a balance between personal connections and professional boundaries to avoid potential conflicts and distractions.

Thursday, November 16

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18-year-old male dies next to Tribune parking lot

Police are investigating after an 18-year-old male died on Thursday night on Deveaux Street next to The Tribune parking lot.

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11162023 EDITION

Thursday, 16th November, 2023.

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STATESIDE: America’s 2024 political campaign began this week

THE last general election is over. The results were consistent with 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2018, inasmuch as they represented a gradual but discernible movement away from the MAGA echoes of the Republican-aligned Tea Party movement of the 1990s. These election results also seem to indicate that voters are tiring of the chaos that always seems to surround Donald Trump, even if they very fondly remember the nation’s prosperity while he was president.

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FRONT PORCH: The empathy and duty of care of Dr Perry Gomez

THIS past Tuesday the country said farewell to Dr Michael Perry Gomez, who demonstrated extraordinary compassion and service as a medical doctor and public servant throughout his professional life.

EDITORIAL: A pyramid of problems for Grant

Bishop Ricardo Grant’s campaign to become the new MP for West Grand Bahama and Bimini is in trouble.

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Complaints of slow process at advance poll for West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election

VOTERS arrived early and queued despite inclement weather yesterday as the advance poll took place for the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election.

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Burna Boy concert coming December 16

GLOBAL afro beats sensation Burna Boy will headline a musical extravaganza at Carnival Grounds next month.

Retail’s extra ‘strain’ in Christmas run-up

Bahamian retailers say downtown closures, and a longer wait to clear key stock, are imposing extra “strain” on the “make or break” Christmas shopping season that has assumed greater importance this year.

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‘Full probe’ demand on WSC chair resignation

The Opposition’s chairman last night demanded “a full investigation” into the resignation of the Water & Sewerage Corporation’s executive chairman, asserting: “You’ve opened the box so let’s see what’s in it.”

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DPM blasts ‘unacceptable’ Aliv, BTC dropped calls

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said the service quality provided by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and Aliv is “unacceptable” with their failings “difficult to comprehend”.

Pilot ‘cannibalisation’ fear on Bahamasair

Private Bahamian airlines fear they will be “cannibalised” by Bahamasair poaching their best pilots to ease its cockpit shortage amid the ongoing impasse over raising the retirement age to 65.

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‘Companies awarded contracts were not approved contractors’

A SENIOR manager of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC), who claimed to be related to Adrian Gibson, testified that the companies awarded contracts to paint water tanks when Mr Gibson was executive chairman were not on the corporation’s approved contractor list nor known to engineers.

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Man on bail for multiple crimes murdered in broad daylight

A MAN in his early 30s was shot dead in the Nassau Village community yesterday.

Grandmother: Child found dead was ‘sweet, sweet boy’

A DISTRAUGHT grandmother wants to know the circumstances around the death of her two-year-old grandson Daniel Nixon, “a sweet, sweet boy” found dead in bushes near his home on Tuesday.

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Police want public to share their home camera feeds

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) wants people and businesses with security cameras to join a programme letting police monitor their video feeds to fight crime.

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Blue Lagoon boat ‘complied with regulations’

ACTING Port Controller Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright said both the catamaran that sank enroute to Blue Lagoon Island on Tuesday and its captain fully complied with regulations governing the sector.

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Petty resigns as WSC chair after contract revelation

NORTH Eleuthera MP Sylvanus Petty resigned as executive chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation yesterday after the public learned that his daughter was given a contract with the company.

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FNM’S GRANT WAS IN PYRAMID SCHEME: ‘We owe no one’ says MP candidate as Sands says they were victims

THE Free National Movement’s West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election candidate Bishop Ricardo Grant and his wife Shandlene Grant participated in a pyramid scheme in 2020 where some people lost their investments and never received promised payouts.

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Detective and DNA analyst testify in Cat Island woman’s murder case

A POLICE officer testified that he photographed the burned safe and vehicle that Rodrigo Rolle allegedly stole from the home of an elderly American woman he is accused of killing in Cat Island in 2017.

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Man remanded after being charged with unlawful sex with an underage girl

A 21-year-old has been remanded after he allegedly sexually assaulted an underage girl earlier this year.

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Eva Hilton, Sybil Strachan run away with U-12 soccer titles

THE under-12 (U12) girls of Eva Hilton Primary School and boys of Sybil Strachan Primary School can now celebrate after winning the division trophies at the newly-named Dawn N Knowles Primary Schools Soccer Tournament hosted at the Roscow AL Davies Soccer Field yesterday.

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CHAMPIONS EMERGE: Tatyana Madu, Patrick Mactaggart collect singles titles at Under-14 Junkanoo Bowl

Bahamians Tatyana Madu and Patrick Mactaggart secured the singles titles at the U-14 Junkanoo Bowl Finals at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) yesterday.

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Teen ordered to compensate woman after damaging and stealing parts from her car

AN 18-year-old youth was ordered to pay $2,760 to compensate a woman after admitting damaging and stealing parts from her car.

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Man charged with the murder of a man on Deveaux Street last week

A MAN was remanded after being accused of killing a 33-year-old man on Deveaux Street last week.

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DEIDRE BASTIAN: Why entrepreneurship is such a rewarding career

While the journey to entrepreneurship is likely to be filled with sacrifices and challenges, the reward is often far greater. With the right amount of knowledge and guidance, it is indeed possible for anyone to be successful as an entrepreneur.

Doctors Hospital: Blake Road revenues surge on gov’t deal

Doctors Hospital has revealed that in-patient revenues at its Blake Road facility near-quadrupled during its 2024 first quarter due to the deal to treat public healthcare patients there.

‘Stop Starlink from offering cellular services in Nassau’

A SENIOR communications executive has called for Starlink to be prevented from providing cellular services in New Providence, calling the satellite-based service as effectively “the third mobile operator”.

Transparency from Town Planning Committee?

The Town Planning Committee appears to be bending over backwards in its consideration of a commercial operation on the corner of Tropical Gardens and West Bay Street, despite the fact that has been resoundingly rejected by the community. What exactly is going on?

PLP must act over living cost

As the member of Parliament for Killarney, I have heard repeatedly from constituents as to how hard it is to make ends meet due to the high cost of living. The price of food is high. Gas prices are high. The cost of electricity is sky-high.

Wednesday, November 15

PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) continues to closely monitor the progress of the two weather systems that are expected to produce gusty winds and heavy rains that could result in flooding in the low-lying, flood prone areas of the northwest Bahamas including the islands in the extreme northwest Bahamas of Grand Bahama, Bimini and Abaco through the weekend.

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ALICIA WALLACE: We should take a stand when there is a crisis

THERE is always a crisis somewhere, and when there is a crisis anywhere, there is a crisis everywhere. This is the nature of the world, given the way that the global economy, geopolitic, and interpersonal relationships work on their own and are connected with each other.

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MOU signed with Black Innovation Alliance promises to aid technological advancements

THE Ministry of Tourism, Investment, and Aviation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Black Innovation Alliance yesterday to aid technical advancements in the tourism sector.

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British Colonial ordered to pay former hotel employee over $6,000

THE Industrial Tribunal ordered the British Colonial Hotel to pay a woman $6,399.49 after finding that she was wrongfully dismissed and deserved additional vacation pay and accrued Christmas bonus.

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BREAKING: Sylvanus Petty resigns as Water and Sewerage Corporation executive chairman

SYLVANUS Petty has resigned from this role at the Water and Sewerage Corporation at the request of Prime Minister Philip "Brave" Davis.

ArawakX directors stay in control of BOB battle

The Chief Justice has allowed ArawakX’s principals “to maintain conduct and control” of the legal battle with Bank of The Bahamas over the latter’s six-month freezing of all their accounts.

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Aviation operators support ‘serious overhaul’ for LPIA

The Bahamas’ top aviation gateway urgently needs “a serious overhaul” of key airside and terminal infrastructure to keep pace with increased flight traffic and tourism, industry operators said yesterday.

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BTC ‘cash cow not giving whole milk’

A union president will today submit “a list of concerns” to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) over its cell tower sale after yesterday’s call with its top executive “left more questions than answers”.

Delay dividends to give bigger payout, BOB told

Bank of The Bahamas should have waited to pay a more substantial dividend than its recent one cent per share declaration after a 49.6 percent jump in profits, an investor argued yesterday.

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Wendy’s PI approval ‘void’ on land use plan absence

Atlantis and other major resorts yesterday sought to overturn the approval granted to Wendy’s and Marco’s Pizza by branding it “void” due to the absence of a land use plan for Paradise Island.

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Dr Perry Gomez laid to rest in official funeral

FAMILY, friends, and members of Parliament gathered at the St Agnes Anglican Church yesterday to lay to rest Dr Perry Gomez, the former minister of health remembered by the prime minister as “a man for all seasons.”

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Man says he helped murder accused out of fear of him

A MAN testified that he gave Rodrigo Rolle the pickax he used to break into the safe of an elderly American woman he allegedly killed in Cat Island in 2017.

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Child found dead in bushes close to his home in the Fox Hill area

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy of Brice Lane off Fox Hill Road was found dead in bushes near his home yesterday.

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‘STAFF PANICKED AS BOAT SANK’: 75-year-old US woman dies, two passengers taken to the hospital

PASSENGERS complained that panicking staff did not know what to do and provided no directions as their double-decker boat began sinking en route to Blue Lagoon Island yesterday.

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Man allegedly found with a loaded gun and drugs in his house granted bail

A MAN was granted bail yesterday after he was allegedly found with a loaded gun and drugs in his house last week.

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Two men fined after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana, both granted bail

TWO men were each fined over $1,000 after admitting to two separate drug charges.

Private sector eager to partner over downtown Nassau revival

The Government senator in charge of downtown Nassau’s clean-up yesterday said several landlords and businesses have voiced an interest in partnering with the revitalisation project.

Alliance to advance Bahamian innovation

The Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation yesterday signed an agreement with the Black Innovative Alliance (BIA) to boost technology entrepreneurs and innovation in The Bahamas.

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Ole Miss Rebels set for trip to Bahamas

After coming off a 10-point loss in their last game, coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin hopes to get her Ole Miss Lady Rebels back on track tonight before they make their return trek to The Bahamas for another Thanksgiving tournament.

Ron DeSantis' incendiary comments may have been racially motivated

Being an unapologetic supporter of the Republican Party, I was deeply troubled by the inflammatory comments by Republican Party presidential nominee Ron DeSantis, the current governor of our next door neighbour in Florida. Like myself, and many evangelical Christians in North America and Great Britain, DeSantis supports Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas and other hostile Islamic states bent on pushing it into the Mediterranean Sea.

NPBA: Rebels and Heatwaves in win column

THE New Providence Basketball Association continued its regular season action with a double header at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Monday night. • Here’s a summary of the games played:

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U-14 Junkanoo Bowl: Players advance to finals

BAHAMIANS are all set to play in the under-14 (U14) Junkanoo Bowl finals at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) today.

Teams go up 1-0 in the BSAA volleyball championships

THE Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association (BSAA) volleyball championships saw the Teleos Christian Schools’ Cherubims senior girls and Mt Carmel Preparatory Academy junior boys advance to a 1-0 lead yesterday evening at the Tom “The Bird” Grant Sporting Complex in Yellow Elder.

If it's going to be it's up to me

It is a time of global turmoil. War in Gaza, war in Ukraine and global inflation for the past three years have been oppressive.

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Man accused of attempting to steal woman’s vehicle while armed with a gun

A MAN was remanded after allegedly trying to steal a woman’s car at gunpoint last week.

Tuesday, November 14

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11142023 EDITION

Tuesday, 14th November, 2023.

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PETER YOUNG: King’s speech - not a film but the real thing

One of the interesting features of life in modern Britain is a readiness by many to expose the self-importance and pomposity of others. Those who take themselves too seriously – particularly people in public life whose acquisition of power can go to their heads and cloud their judgement - are often subject to criticism and even ridicule. This applies, in particular, to any sitting government.

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FACE TO FACE: Whitlyn Miller – sowing seeds for a sustainable future

SHE puts her hands in the soil, pressing seeds of love down and reaping bountiful rewards. Whitlyn Miller is the Female Farmer of the Year, thanks to the Bahamas Agrarian Awards, held in September, 2023. Her award, along with her $10,000 prize, validates the hard work she put in and the sacrifices she made to be a farmer.

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Munroe promises a Defence Force base for the West GB and Bimini constituency

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said a Defence Force base will be built in the West Grand Bahama and Bimini constituency.

EDITORIAL: PM’s right response on Petty

THE revelations regarding a contract having been received at the Water and Sewerage Corporation by the daughter of its chairman have raised a number of concerns.

PLP compiling a report on hot button issues discussed at convention

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party officials are compiling a report about how party members reacted to various hot-button issues discussed during closed sessions at last week’s convention, according to chairman Fred Mitchell.

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Govt building in West GB named in honour of Obie Wilchcombe

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis called Obie Wilchcombe a “great Bahamian” as he opened an administrator’s complex named in his honour.

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Passion shrunk at Love Beach

Love Beach residents last night hailed the planning authorities for “hearing our voices” after they imposed restrictions that cut three storeys off a prominent Bahamian developer’s project.

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Sam Bankman-Fried’s Bahamas non-profit in ‘sham’ denial

Allegations that a Bahamian non-profit established by jailed FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was a “sham” were yesterday denied by the expatriate executive who oversaw its operations.

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Anti-corruption defences: ‘Get them over the line’

Governance reformers yesterday renewed calls for The Bahamas to “accelerate” the full enactment of transparency-related laws and “get them over the line” amid fresh contract controversy.

BTC urged: Prioritise network over 5G with tower sale funds

The proceeds from the sale and leaseback of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) cell towers would be better invested in other parts of its network than 5G, a union leader argued yesterday.

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Water Corp’s debt to main supplier up $7m

The Water & Sewerage Corporation is taking “about as much water” as its main BISX-listed supplier can produce even though its debts to the latter rose 41.5 percent during the 2023 third quarter.

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Woman dies in boating accident off Paradise Island

One woman is dead after a boating accident close to Paradise Island this morning.

Ministry says diplomatic notes exchanged after DeSantis comments on rockets

UNITED States Charge d’Affaires Usha Pitts regrets if Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ comments about levelling The Bahamas suggest “anything other than a close alliance between our two democratic nations,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Delta flight to Eleuthera forced to turn back

A FLIGHT to North Eleuthera from Atlanta had to turn around due to airport weather station issues last week.

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Ingraham backs FNM candidate bid

FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said he supports the Free National Movement’s West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election candidate, but added that “the FNM had a great history running in by-elections and losing”.

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We don’t cheat, says Roberts after Davis price warning to businesses

AFTER Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis warned businesses not to keep prices high after the government cut import duties, Super Value owner Rupert Roberts said yesterday his company won’t “cheat”.

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Nygard was close to both parties, says Davis

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis claimed former fashion mogul Peter Nygard was close to the Free National Movement, not just the Progressive Liberal Party.

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PM: CANCEL PETTY’S DAUGHTER’S WSC DEAL – Davis suggests contract should have ended when relationship was revealed

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis suggested that the Water and Sewerage Corporation contract Sylvanus Petty’s daughter received should have been cancelled when the relationship between the father and daughter became known.

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Jamaican woman and Bahamian man charged with human trafficking

A JAMAICAN woman and a Bahamian flight mechanic were granted $9,000 bail after they were accused of trafficking three Jamaican women into the country this year.

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Testimony over blood samples in 2017 murder of elderly woman

A DOCTOR and police officer testified yesterday in the trial of a man accused of the murder of an elderly woman in Cat Island.

ORG calls for more transparency

The Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG) is committed to advancing the principles of transparent governance and accountability in The Bahamas.

Ignore Hubert Ingraham

On the very day of Hubert Ingraham’s unwelcome return to front-page politics, both our dailies ran stories about BTC, an institution built on the tax dollars of ordinary Bahamians, and which Mr Ingraham sold to foreign private interests for a measly $148m (when you factor in his saddling of Bahamian taxpayers with the sold-off asset’s pension bill).

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Accused of armed robbery and having forged money

A 22-year-old was remanded after he allegedly was responsible for an armed carjacking last week. He was reportedly also found with $3,510 in counterfeit cash at his residence.

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Man charged with having unlicenced gun in his car

A MAN was granted bail yesterday after a loaded gun was allegedly found in his car last week.

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Tanks didn’t need anything, said a WSC manager in Gibson case

A WATER and Sewerage Corporation employee testified in the Adrian Gibson corruption trial yesterday that water tanks were in “fairly” good condition in 2020 before $260k contracts were awarded for companies to paint them.

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L W Young Golden Eagles celebrate in special ceremony

IN a special ceremony yesterday morning, the faculty and staff of L W Young Junior High School celebrated its impressive performances from its Golden Eagles’ boys and girls teams in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association’s volleyball championships.

Sports calendar

AFTER playing its sudden death volleyball playoffs on Monday at Tom ‘The Bird’ Grant Community Center, the Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association will begin its championship series today, starting at 4pm.

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Decius-Norius earns her pro card

Dekel Nesbitt, Briceston Anderson follow suit

THREE more Bahamians, including Serena Salis Decius-Norius, have earned their professional cards after winning their respective divisions at the MCP Worldwide Caribbean Grand Prix at the Atlantis resort, Paradise Island, on Saturday

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Champions crowned in the BSF All-Star Classic

Despite playing in the wee hours of the morning, the Bahamas Softball Federation completed its 2023 All-Star Classic on Sunday with the Cyber Blue Marlins keeping the men’s title in New Providence while Grand Bahama carted off the ladies’ crown.

Monday, November 13

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11132023 EDITION

Monday, 13th November, 2023.

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‘Say no to guns’ campaign will launch in two weeks, says Rahming

STATE Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Lisa Rahming said a “Say No to Guns” campaign will be launched in the next two weeks, with a gun amnesty programme to follow much later.

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Great Commission Ministries hopes to feed 3,000 for Thanksgiving this year

BISHOP Walter Hanchell is expecting a greater turnout for this year’s Thanksgiving luncheon than in previous years because of the impact of high food costs.

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THE KDK REPORT: Raising parents is hard work

RAISING parents is hard work. In the Caribbean and perhaps in other locations and cultures as well, children and their parents, under the best of circumstances, maintain an inextricably close bond.

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INSIGHT: Convention bitterness could be a warning bell for more to come

THE PLP convention – held on Thursday and Friday of last week – was fascinating, not least of all for the contrast between talk of the party being one and the evident fractures beneath.

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Ingraham calls Glover-Rolle’s remark that FNM ‘did nothing for public servants’ an ‘outright lie’

A COMMENT from Public Services Minister Pia Glover-Rolle about the legacy of the Free National Movement drew a rebuke from former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on Saturday.

EDITORIAL: Nygard guilty, but what about his enablers?

Peter Nygard is guilty. The long-time resident of the Lyford Cay property in western New Providence had his day in court – and the jury found him guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty.

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FNM’s park fix-up plan stopped by Grand Bahama police

POLICE prevented FNM leader Michael Pintard from restoring the Pineforest Subdivision Park in West Grand Bahama on Friday.

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Gov’t eyes purchase of Freeport’s Bazaar

The Government is exploring the potential acquisition of Freeport’s derelict International Bazaar site as the location for its proposed African-Caribbean products marketplace.

BTC cell tower sale to help finance 5G

The Government wants “part of the proceeds” from the sale and leaseback of all the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) 345 cell tower sites to be reinvested in improving services and 5G technology.

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ArawakX ‘good undeniable’ yet KC confident on full winding-up

ArawakX’s president says “nobody can deny the good” it achieved as Securities Commission attorneys hailed the appointment of provisional liquidators as vital to “protecting the capital markets”.

Up to $100m targeted in Abaco ports investment

The Government is eyeing a combined $100m investment to transform Abaco’s two commercial shipping ports into facilities that meet global best practices and standards.

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$250k paint contract examined in Gibson trial

COMPANIES contracted to paint Water and Sewerage Corporation water tanks were awarded over $250,000 per tank, a WSC employee testified on Friday as Long Island MP Adrian Gibson’s corruption trial continued.

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Contract with WSC chairman’s daughter ‘will be reviewed’

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said he will review the revelation that the daughter of Water and Sewerage Corporation executive chairman Sylvanus Petty has a contract with the company.

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Mitchell ‘would have resigned’ if he lost

FRED Mitchell said he would have resigned from Cabinet if he had lost the chairmanship race on Friday at the PLP’s convention.

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NYGARD GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS: Mogul expected to be jailed - with more court cases to come

PETER Nygard, the former fashion mogul who held political and cultural sway in The Bahamas as a long-time Lyford Cay resident, was convicted of sexual assault in Toronto, Canada, yesterday in the first of several criminal trials he will face over his treatment of women in multiple countries across several decades.

NPBA regular season is back ‘with a bang’

THE New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) regular season returned with a bang and so did the Commonwealth Bank Giants at the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium on Saturday night.

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Deflation in the East

ActivTrades

Everyone in The Bahamas is feeling the rising cost of goods, energy and transportation. No matter if you visit the food store, turn on your AC or fuel up your car, you are paying more for these necessities than compared to the previous year. But the inflation rate in the islands is decreasing, and went down from 3.1 percent to 2.3 percent when compared to last year.

RBC donation marks opening of new branch

RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) says it marked the official opening of its relocated Prince Charles branch with a $25,000 donation to the Great Commission Ministries Children’s Club.

Unions: BTC owner ‘exporting all value’

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) two trade unions yesterday voiced fears the carrier will become “a shell company” as they accused its majority owners of “exporting” all its value.

FTX Bahamas put into full liquidation

The Supreme Court has approved FTX’s Bahamian subsidiary being placed into full judicial-supervised liquidation on the basis that it is just and equitable to do so.

Public urged to register drones with Civil Aviation Authority, says Romer

DEPUTY director general of tourism Dr Kenneth Romer urged drone users to register their technology with the Civil Aviation Authority, saying the failure of people to do this has been a long-standing concern.

Ceasefire call from CARICOM

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), aware of the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Gaza that continues to worsen:

‘This war is against Hamas’

Why is there a war in Israel right now? What are they fighting for and why is it so different from things that happened there in the past?

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The Golden Eagles bring junior boys title to LW Young

THE LW Young Golden Eagles joined the three crowned champions after knocking off the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves junior boys in game three of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) volleyball championships at the Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium on Friday.

Raptors, Knights win cross country titles

THE CH Reeves Raptors and CR Walker Knights won the junior and senior division titles at the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) Cross Country Championships.

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Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson to retire at home

AFTER a glaring amateur and professional boxing career that fell short of a world title, Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson is coming home for his final fight next month before he officially retires from the sport.

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CARIFTA water polo gold, bronze

Bahamas under-14 co-ed team bringing home the medals

With some highly- spirited performances, the Bahamas under-14 co-ed water polo team captured a gold and bronze medal at the CARIFTA Championships over the weekend in Miami, Florida.

Sunday, November 12

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Peter Nygard guilty of four sex assaults

Peter Nygard was found guilty of four counts of sexual assault in a Canadian court on Sunday but was acquitted of a fifth count plus a charge of forcible confinement.

Friday, November 10

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Defence Force Commodore congratulates graudates of NTA Leadership Programme

THE Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force congratulated members of his team who completed the National Training Agency’s Leadership Programme on Friday.

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Grand Bahama International Airport closed for three hours after alleged bomb threat

GRAND Bahama International Airport was closed for three hours following an alleged bomb threat on Friday morning, police reported.

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11102023 EDITION

Friday, 10th November, 2023.

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$1,000 fine for stealing motorcycle

A MAN was fined $1,000 after admitting to stealing a motorcycle last week.

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Man fined $3,700 for possession of firearm part, ammunition, drugs

A MAN was fined over $3,000 after he admitted to having a firearm magazine containing 19 rounds of ammunition in his car earlier this year.

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Drug conviction quashed for three men

THREE men had their two and a half year sentence for possession of $336,000 worth of drugs overturned after a Court of Appeals judge found that there was insubstantial evidence to convict them.

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Fred Mitchell retains post of PLP chairman

Fred Mitchell has retained the post of PLP chairman with 845 votes compared to 630 for challenger Robyn Lynes after a vote at the party's convention at Baha Mar Convention Centre on Friday.

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Long lines lead to chaos at PLP Convention

Chaos on the second day of the Progressive Liberal Party’s Convention on Friday had hundreds of delegates and supporters frustrated with the lengthy process to cast their votes.

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Excitement at PLP Convention ahead of chairman vote

A SEA of gold and blue could be seen throughout the lobby of the Baha Mar Convention Centre on Friday morning, for the first PLP convention in three years, with the secret ballot voting process in the resort’s main ballroom having commenced at 9am.

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11102023 WEEKEND

Friday, 10th November, 2023.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Amazing success stories of Romer Street, Fox Hill

THERE’S a tree-lined street in the historic neighbourhood of Fox Hill that is much like many tree-lined streets in Nassau. Tall sapodilla trees with outstretched limbs nestle kids who climb them to pick the sweet, brown-skinned fruit. Youngsters who scramble up the tree know if they do not get to the season’s offerings first, the limbs will unburden themselves of the heavy load and once a dilly falls from high up it will splat on the ground, spilling the sticky filling and dark seeds.

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ONE ELEUTHERA FOUNDATION – Empowering tomorrow: Embracing the rise of young leaders

IN an era where the future of our nation is a topic of constant debate, scepticism often lingers about the capabilities of the younger generation to take the reins of leadership.

Romer defends criticism that Bahamians are not benefitting from increase in cruise visitors

DESPITE recent criticism that Bahamians are not benefitting from this year’s increase in cruise ship passenger arrivals, Dr Kenneth Romer, deputy director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, said yesterday this is not what he has seen.

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New runway and taxi ways planned for LPIA

A TOP Aviation official said plans are underway for the Lynden Pindling International Airport to gain a new runway and taxi ways. Concerns with control towers and limited operational hours also will be addressed.

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Govt defends breakfast programme as it expands to more schools

OFFICIALS have defended against recent criticism of the government’s $1m national breakfast programme, saying despite the “naysayers”, the programme has delivered thousands of healthy breakfast meals to students in the country.

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Adderley says govt are committed to prosecuting land owners of shanty communities

ACTING press secretary Keishla Adderley said yesterday the Davis administration is committed to seeing that all involved in the leasing of Crown Land to shanty town dwellers, are prosecuted and punished accordingly.

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FNM chairman calls for Petty’s resignation from WSC after conflict of interest admission

FREE National Movement chairman Dr Duane Sands last night called for the resignation of Water and Sewerage Corporation executive chairman Sylvanus Petty after he admitted in court that his daughter had been awarded a contract by the corporation.

Parking ‘satisfied’: Wynn penthouse project is go

The Town Planning Committee’s chairman yesterday confirmed it has approved Wynn Group’s 14-storey Goodman’s Bay penthouses after it “satisfied” long-standing parking concerns.

Abaco in ‘catch 22’ over Marsh Harbour port plan

Abaco faces “a catch 22” between further fee and cost of living increases and the need to fully restore its main Dorian-devastated commercial shipping port, it was argued yesterday.

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Sam Bankman-Fried ‘wants to be heard’ in FTX Bahamas wind-up

FTX’s founder says he “wishes to be heard” at today’s Supreme Court hearing on the winding-up petition intended to place the crypto exchange’s Bahamian subsidiary into full liquidation.

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Chief Justice is ‘satisfied’ ArawakX $2.4m insolvent

The Chief Justice yesterday ruled “there is more than sufficient evidence” of ArawakX’s $2.4m insolvency to justify appointing a provisional liquidator to take control of its affairs and protect assets.

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Chaos as voters wait in line at PLP Convention

Voters entering the the Baha Mar Convention Centre for the PLP convention were met with chaos this morning as hundreds of people clamoured toward the main door of the ballroom to cast their votes.

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Bell says Mitchell ‘is the best person for’ chairman

HOUSING Minister Keith Bell proudly said he would re-elect Fred Mitchell to the position of party chairman as the first day of the PLP’s 55th National Convention began.

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Gov’t denies BPL $5 late fee plans

The Government yesterday said it has “no intention of allowing Bahamas Power & Light” to impose an extra $5 charge on late-paying consumers and further burden struggling households.

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Lynes says she is ‘more than qualified’ to be chairman

PLP deputy chair Robyn Lynes says she is more than qualified for the position of party chairman despite the Prime Minister’s recent comments that he doesn’t support her candidacy for the role.

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Mitchell is confident ‘team will stay together’

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell suggested “we’ll have the right results” so that the “team stays together” ahead of the party elections.

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TOP EXEC’S DAUGHTER GOT WSC CONTRACT: New revelation about current chief emerges in Adrian Gibson trial

ADRIAN Gibson’s corruption trial began yesterday with Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) executive chairman Sylvanus Petty admitting under cross-examination that his daughter had a contract with the company.

Water Corp unveils AI leaks detection

The Water and Sewerage Corporation yesterday unveiled artificial intelligence (AI) technology that it plans to deploy to detect leaks.

Water Corp ‘pursuing’ capital works finance

The Water and Sewerage Corporation plans to pursue loan and financing programmes to fund capital works throughout The Bahamas after completing its corporate business plan, it was revealed yesterday.

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IAN FERGUSON: Business must do its part on Xmas security

As we near the start of the holiday season, there is usually an expectation that the criminal element will increase their activity. While we cannot predict the extent to which crime will increase, we do know that economic pressures, increasing social ills and opportunities through increased tourist activity creates the potential for a perfect storm.

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Police investigate alleged attempted suicide in Grand Bahama

GRAND Bahama police are investigating an attempted suicide involving a 22-year-old woman who was rushed to hospital on Wednesday, police reported.

Watching BPL meters not so simple

Your editorial on the BPL late fee was apropos to say the least. On Sunday last I had a real lesson in humility, as I stood behind a lady who was checking out at a grocery shop. She emptied her trolley, one item at a time, eyes fixed on the register monitor, making sure she did not go over what she could spend, and every so often she would ask the cashier to cancel an item.

Shame on govt - $350 not enough

I have a tremendous amount of respect and regard for the Honourable Pia Glover Rolle, Member of the Cabinet of The Bahamas. Nevertheless, I feel it necessary to cry shame upon her suggestion that a minimum of $350 per week for people in The Bahamas would be “a little reckless”.

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Boy hit by armoured truck remains in serious condition

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe says he is still awaiting an official report from authorities after an eight-year-old boy on his way to school was hit by an armoured truck.

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‘Buddy’ Hield scores 11 points in win over Giannis and Bucks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored an NBA season-high 54 points, but committed two turnovers after Tyrese Haliburton’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:29 left and the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-124 last night.

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Ayton posts double double but Trail Blazers lose in overtime

BAHAMIAN professional player Deandre Ayton posted a double double in the Portland Trail Blazers’ most recent loss in overtime against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

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Navigating Electrolyte Balance in Athletes: A Vital Component of Performance and Health Introduction

Electrolytes, the unsung heroes within our bodies, play a crucial role in the athletic arena. Sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium are the cornerstone electrolytes that contribute to proper cellular function, muscle contraction and nerve transmission.

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Bahamas Water Polo team off to CARIFTA

WITH a chance to compete with some additional teams from the Florida area, the Bahamas will join three other teams from the Caribbean to participate in the 2023 Under-14 Co-Ed CARIFTA Water Polo Championships.

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BAAA National High School Cross Country Championships at Fort Charlotte November 25

IN collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations will hold its National High School Cross Country Championships at the refurbished Fort Charlotte on Saturday, November 25.

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GSSSA Volleyball Finals: Three teams win titles

THREE teams can now revel in championship glory after winning the titles in the junior and senior divisions of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) volleyball championships yesterday at the Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium.

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QC graduates sign on athletic scholarships

It was a dream come true for Blue Chips Athletics Club javelin throwers G’Shan Brown and Kaden Cartwright. The two Queen’s College 2023 graduates signed their names on the dotted line for their athletic scholarships yesterday at Empire Fitness Gym to attend Mississippi State University in August.

Thursday, November 9

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Student Spotlight

Rachea Fernander, pictured top, is a ninth grade student at LW Young Jr High School and was awarded the position of deputy head girl during their recent prefect instillation ceremony.

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Getting a glimpse of college life

High School students got a chance to experience college life through the Morehouse College Alumni Association’s Immersion Excursion.

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Planting the future

Primary schools received fruit trees from BAMSI as part its One to One initiate.

Second phase of scheme launched to give kids a good breakfast

The Ministry of Education launched the second phase of the National Breakfast programme yesterday, expanding the initiate to include hundreds of Family Island students.

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LW Young chooses its head boy and girl

LW Young Junior High School held its student leader’s prefect instillation ceremony last week and appointed 38 students as prefects for the duration of the school year.

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11092023 EDITION

Thursday, 9th November, 2023.

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STATESIDE: Trump’s prognostication of a pro-choice pushback was right

TUESDAY was Election Day in the US. It might be easy to overlook that fact, because no regular Congressional elections were scheduled. Those come a year from now. But Tuesday’s elections did produce some interesting outcomes, and here are some of them.

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FRONT PORCH: A national lottery can help Bahamians in countless ways

IN our 50th year of independence, the national debt remains a source of deep concern, with state resources stretched across our archipelago. The country remains at risk of downgrade from various rating agencies. The debt will worsen with the next major hurricane, pandemic and/or financial crisis.

EDITORIAL: BPL albatross around govt’s neck

BAHAMAS Power and Light may just be the albatross around the neck of this government.

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Cleare calls for better working conditions for correctional officers

AMID recent allegations of prison officers breaking the law, Commissioner Doan Cleare is calling for better working conditions and increased payment to ensure more quality officers are attracted to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

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BDCS commissioner seeks promotions - wants two per year for prison officers

SOME 444 Corrections officers are awaiting promotions at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, with the process expected to commence before the end of the month, Commissioner Doan Cleare said yesterday.

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BDCS works to address over 200 upgrades for prison certification

CORRECTIONS Commissioner Doan Cleare says the Bahamas Department of Corrections should be a certified correctional facility by mid-2024, pending completion of more than 200 upgrades and recommendations from the American Correctional Association.

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UPDATE: Govt won't allow BPL to impose late fee

THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: The Davis administration said it will not allow BPL to impose a late fee on the Bahamian people. It was only one of five considerations in a discussion to lower the company’s outstanding arrears, according to Acting Press Secretary Keishla Adderley at the OPM press briefing this morning. BPL also released a statement (left) saying it did not have plans to impose a late fee on its customers at this time.

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BOB rejects $33m ArawakX demand

The Securities Commission was yesterday accused of “callous disregard” for ArawakX’s interests by allegedly interfering with its demand for a $33m settlement from Bank of The Bahamas.

Bahamasair in pilot retirement age rise over shortage fear

Bahamasair is seeking to raise its pilot retirement age to 65 amid fears it faces an imminent shortage of experienced captains with eight passing through the ‘departure gate’ since 2022.

Bahamas natural resources in $150m yearly protection

The Bahamas requires “in excess of $150m” annually to protect its critical natural resources, it was disclosed yesterday, amid efforts to raise just one-fifth of this sum to fund ongoing conservation projects.

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‘We’ll see how it plays out’, says Atlantis president - as they wait for the results of a traffic study

ATLANTIS’ president and managing director Audrey Oswell said the resort will see “how it plays out” after Wendy’s was granted approval for its Paradise Island restaurant.

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Over 30 immigration officers receive promotions and reclassification letters

THIRTY-four immigration officers received their promotion and reclassification letters yesterday in an exercise officials said was long overdue.

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Sands: Davis administration neglecting national priorities while campaigning

FNM chairman Dr Duane Sands has accused the Davis administration of prioritising spending on campaigning in West Grand Bahama and Bimini while neglecting other national priorities.

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Govt investigating how to tackle inflation costs, says Halkitis

ECONOMIC Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis said the government acknowledges Bahamians’ “serious concern” over inflation - and that it is investigating how to tackle costs.

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‘A number’ of undocumented migrants apprehended, Immigration Minister says

IMMIGRATION Minister Alfred Sears said authorities apprehended “a number” of undocumented migrants living in the Kool Acres shanty town before demolition exercises in that community this week.

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Conciliation talks have begun with Union of Public Officers and NIB, says Sears

NATIONAL Insurance Minister Alfred Sears said conciliation talks have started between the Union of Public Officers and the National Insurance Board and that he expects “there will be a meeting of minds” soon over unresolved issues.

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Sears pledges transparency but won’t talk about Bell

IMMIGRATION Minister Alfred Sears refused to comment on the alleged actions of his predecessor yesterday, saying his focus is on improving efficiency and maintaining transparency at the Department of Immigration.

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Lynes claiming attack on her character

AS the Progressive Liberal Party convention begins today, Robin Lynes has said there has been an “attack” on her character as she challenges for the chairman post.

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Minister says minimum wage increase call ‘a little reckless’

LABOUR and Public Service Minister Pia Glover-Rolle said yesterday the government would not support another increase to the country’s minimum wage so soon after the last wage hike was introduced and believes calls from union leaders over the issue are “a little reckless”.

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Boy, eight, hit by armoured truck on his way to school

AN eight-year-old boy was rushed into surgery after he was hit by an armoured vehicle while trying to cross the road yesterday.

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Man accused of stealing two generators from the Bahamas Red Cross last month

A MAN accused in connection with the theft of two generators from the Red Cross last month was charged in court yesterday.

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Man accused of having $11k of marijuana

A MAN was granted $7,500 bail after he was allegedly found with $11,000 worth of marijuana at a business on Montrose Avenue last week.

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KEITH ROYE II: Embrace digital change to drive long-term growth

The COVID-19 pandemic was a catalyst for digital transformation, pushing companies to rethink their strategies and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. As we transition into a post-pandemic world, it is important to reflect on the lessons learned and explore the future direction of digital transformation.

Arawak port targets 40% energy slash

Nassau’s main commercial shipping port is aiming to slash energy costs by between 30-40 percent through its solar energy expansion with key financial indicators already beating 2024 full-year forecasts.

BPL too often ‘holding the bag’ for developers

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) is seeking a more “equitable” contribution from developers that need it to provide additional generation capacity for their projects, its chief executive revealed yesterday.

Bahamas ‘unable to grasp’ liberalised trade sacrifices

The Bahamas has not “been able to grasp” the sacrifices and reforms that are required by trade liberalisation, the head of this nation’s trade commission argued yesterday.

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Mingoes hold on for BFA season-opening win

THE University of The Bahamas men’s soccer team had to fight to pull off a win to open the team’s season in the Bahamas Football Association.

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SAC junior girls clinch spot in BAISS softball championships

BAISS Softball Playoff Results (Day 1)

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Reloaded kids pre-approved for Perfect Game Series Texas Challenge

TAITUM Brown and Frederick Anderson III, who partcipated on one of our first travel ball teams this past summer, have been invited and preapproved to participate in the Perfect Game (PG) 2023 Series Texas Challenge at Big League Dreams, League City, Texas, December 27-31.

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Waltiea Rolle transitions from hoops to coaching

WALTIEA Rolle, the first Bahamian to be drafted to the WNBA, will be the newest addition to the coaching staff at Noble Preparatory Academy (NPA) this school year.

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‘Superman’ has high hopes for future of athletics

OLYMPIC bronze medallist Leevan “Superman” Sands made an appearance at the National Sports Awards on Saturday evening and expressed high hopes for the future of athletics in The Bahamas.

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Four teams take 1-0 lead in championships

GSSSA volleyball in the spotlight

Four teams between the junior and senior divisions have advanced to a 1-0 series lead in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) volleyball championships.

Power of the pen and democracy

With your kind permission I wish to offer an opinion on the power of the pen and the expression of democracy. Having written letters to The Editor since the age of 18, which was more than a few years ago, I have always enjoyed and appreciated the democratic freedom I possess while I express my opinion via the pen. I believe every human being in this country ought to have the right to express their opinion. And when that individual is prevented from the expression of an opinion, then Houston we have a problem.

Mr Pintard, grow up

As a loyal FNM, I want to urge party leader Michael Pintard to grow up. It is time for maturity and wisdom, not for flying off the handle talking foolishness, especially during a by-election. He needs to show humility and stop being so arrogant.

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44-year-old man granted bail, charged for allegedly molesting 13 year-old girl

A 44-year-old man was granted bail yesterday after he allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl in April.

Wednesday, November 8

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11082023 EDITION

Wednesday, 8th November, 2023.

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Traffic diversions for Official Funeral Service for Dr Michael Perry Gomez CB, OBE

The Traffic Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force wishes to advise the general public of temporary road closures on Tuesday 14th November, 2023, to facilitate the funeral service for Dr Michael Perry Gomez, CB, OBE, former President of the Medical Association of the Bahamas and Cabinet Minister.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Beware our attitudes - housing crisis is not only a Haitian issue

What would you do if you lost your home? If your first plan of action would be to stay in a hotel or stay with family members or friends, what would you do if that was not an option due to lack of funds? What if there is an absence of relationships or of relationships with people who have the means to help in-country?

EDITORIAL: Shame on those who rob charities and churches

IS nothing sacred? It would seem not given one of the latest crimes to afflict The Bahamas – a pastor whose car was broken into while he was at church.

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Social media complaints over govt breakfast provided at schools, asking if it’s ‘jail food’

CRITICISM has been levelled at government’s national breakfast programme on social mediaafter images of some of the meals were circulated - with some comparing it to “jail food” and human faeces.

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Reopening of Prop Club providing 35 permanent jobs in Grand Bahama

GRAND Bahama Minister Ginger Moxey said the recent reopening of the Prop Club Beach and Bar Grill at the Grand Lucayan Resort has provided new permanent jobs for 35 Grand Bahamians.

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Cooper calls Retail Street opening at Lucaya ‘a comeback moment’

TOURISM Minister Chester Cooper said the opening of the Prop Club and Retail Street signals a return of an enhanced level of service at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

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Bahamas in up to $60bn boost via carbon credits

The Bahamas could build a fund worth up to $60bn by 2050 to finance environmental and climate change protection if it maximises its blue carbon credits, a financial analyst predicted yesterday.

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‘Big step forward’: $80m Bimini airport overhaul

The Prime Minister has hailed the upcoming $80m investment in Bimini’s airport by a private consortium as “a big step forward” in boosting both tourism plus entrepreneurial and job opportunities.

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FTX Bahamas signals fresh Ray ‘progress’

FTX Bahamas’ liquidators and their US adversary yesterday suspended all scheduled legal filings as they bid to resolve their dispute outside the courtroom.

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PLP chairman candidate Robin Lynes claims 'attack on character'

PLP chairman candidate Robin Lynes says there has been “an assigned attack on my character and my motives” in a note ahead of the party convention.

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PM: ‘I have no concerns’ on possible humanitarian crisis due to shanty town demolition

PRIME Minster Philip “Brave” Davis said there is no concern that the demolition of shanty town buildings could cause a humanitarian crisis.

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King’s College holds official opening ceremony

THE official opening ceremony for King’s College School in The Bahamas was held yesterday.

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Balmoral residents target earlier threat to ‘integrity’

Balmoral residents have moved to overturn approvals granted for an earlier four-storey condo hotel proposal, which “threatens the integrity of the community”, due to non-compliance with legal processes.

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Thieves raid pastor’s car outside church

A LOCAL pastor is warning residents to be on guard this holiday season after thieves broke into his car and vandalised it while he was at church on Monday night.

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Two accused of $1.4m theft from security car at airport

TWO men accused of stealing more than $1m from a bank security car at an airport last week were in court yesterday - where they were each granted $250,000 bail.

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Lincoln Bain defends declared net worth and liabilities

COALITION of Independents leader Lincoln Bain defended his $1.8m net worth yesterday, telling The Tribune that he gained his wealth through a successful investment strategy.

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‘UP WAGE TO $350 - OR RISK STRIKES’: Unions agree to take vote as the call for minimum pay raise

A labour leader yesterday called for a further minimum wage hike to $350 per week by June 2024 as he revealed that multiple trade unions have agreed to each “take a strike vote”.

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BTVI joins campaign uniting men and boys to stand against violence towards women

In a stand against violence towards women and girls, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) united with the world’s largest movement of men and boys during this year’s White Ribbon Campaign.

‘Bit much’ to only blame Bahamas over FTX fail

The Securities Commission’s top executive yesterday said it was a “bit much” for The Bahamas to take all the blame over the FTX crypto currency exchange’s collapse.

Insurance regulator in blacklist ‘what if’ look

The Insurance Commission was yesterday said to be looking at “what if” scenarios to ensure insurers have access to sufficient reinsurance capacity if The Bahamas stays on Europe’s tax blacklist.

Overpass fixes airport road traffic?

Before we start spending millions on widening Gladstone Road has anyone thought of building an over pass at the junction of Gladstone and the Airport Road onto Baha Mar Boulevard from Gladstone curving east carrying the Gladstone traffic?

Will PLP fire up the non-voters?

Bye elections...hmm just what we needed to fire up the procrastinators, etc, comments, etc.

The people need to be represented

I have been very acquainted with the struggles emanating out of the constituency where the vacancy occurred, and the mixed emotions, the wayward sentiment often times, than not, when the decision goes against the choices of the constituents so impacted and needing to have a representer of substance, focused, and people centric agitating for and on their behalf sitting in the Halls Of the People’s Debating Chamber (the parliament of the Bahamas), in principle many have deemed meritoriously, and having merit, and deserving the utmost praise, we believed.

BAIC eyes park for banana production

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation’s (BAIC) chairman yesterday said it plans to create a park for farmers interested in banana and plantain production.

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Man ordered by court to pay $4,000 after injuring his child’s mother in a fight

A MAN was ordered to pay the mother of his child $4,000 yesterday after he admitted to seriously injuring her in a fight last week.

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Customs officer accused of falsifying accounts to steal over $1.8m in 2019

A CUSTOMS officer testified yesterday that former customs broker Precious Miller Moxey falsified accounts to steal over $1.8m in funds in 2019.

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GSSSA volleyball championships all set to get underway today

THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) volleyball championships are all set to be played for the senior and junior division titles at the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium today at 4pm.

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Forward Sammy Hunter and Akron Zips win season opener

SAMMY Hunter, fitting in quite well into his new environment, was among five players in double figures as the University of Akron Zips men’s basketball team blew past South Dakota State 81-75 in a road victory to begin the 2023-24 season on Monday night in Brookings, South Dakota.

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BLTA hosts regional training camp for the first time

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) began its first ever hosting of the International Tennis Federation (ITF)- COTECC regional training camp for English-speaking countries yesterday at the National Tennis Centre (NTC).

Bahamas Softball: All-Star Tourney starts Thursday

IN a rematch of the 6th Bahamas Games in July, the Bahamas Softball Federation will stage its 2023 All-Star Tournament this weekend in the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

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Deyton Albury looks to bounce back after loss

Just misses triple double in his NCAA Division 1 debut

After waiting all of his life to finally get to make his debut in a division one game, starting point guard Deyton Albury said he was taken aback by the bright lights and the atmosphere last night inside the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

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Police investigate an armed robbery of a business in Marsh Harbour, Abaco

ABACO police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a business establishment on that island early this week.

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Man on bail gets three months prison for failing to charge monitoring device

A MAN was sentenced to three months in prison after admitting to failing to charge his monitoring device while on release on a pending armed robbery charge.

University of Bahamas teams over FinTech course’s launch

The University of The Bahamas (UoB) says it has launched a 12-week course to educate locals on the technologies and digital assets driving financial services industry change.

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Woman allegedly attempts suicide - Police chief shares alarm at rise in numbers

A 20-year-old girl is hospitalized after allegedly attempting to commit suicide by ingesting a quantity of pills.

Tuesday, November 7

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Man shot dead on Deveaux Street

Police are investigating a fatal shooting incident that claimed the life of a 33-year-old man on Tuesday morning.

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FACE TO FACE – Dr Adelle Thomas: Making a difference for the world on UN’s climate change panel

CLIMATE change scientist Dr Adelle Thomas is making history and taking great strides to do her part to help mitigate against the impact of climate change in The Bahamas and the world. Her work has been instrumental in helping to formulate policies that will drive global changes to help quell the climate change crisis.

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Worldwide nurse shortage impacting recruitment locally

A WORLDWIDE shortage of nurses is impacting recruitment in The Bahamas, a senior Doctors Hospital executive said yesterday.

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Doctor’s Hospital West re-opening with a focus on urgent care

“DOCTORS Hospital West is back,” said hospital president and CEO Dr Charles W Diggiss, Jr, yesterday at the reopening of the Blake Road facility.

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PETER YOUNG: Respect free speech but keep streets of London peaceful

WITH the horrors of the Israel-Gaza war dominating the international news it is hard to remain silent on the issue, so elsewhere on this page I take a separate look at Israel’s action in particular. I do not claim to be an expert on the Middle East, but offer comment from experience of a career in Britain’s diplomatic service and a thorough study of the history of the region together with the latest media reports.

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Claim dead prisoner was beaten dismissed - pneumonia was cause of death, says Munroe

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe dismissed a family’s claim that their loved one appeared to have been beaten to death in prison when they viewed his body. He said the inmate’s death was due to pneumonia and his body probably deteriorated while in the morgue.

Bahamians face extra 90-day wait to join NHI

Bahamians will now have to endure an extra 90-day wait to enroll in National Health Insurance (NHI) as the scheme embarks on an efficiency drive to counter its “finite resources” this fiscal year.

Accountants push back on new Business Licence fines

Bahamian accountants yesterday argued that the tax authorities’ failure to respond promptly to queries could leave them exposed to up to $150,000 fines over incorrect Business Licence fee certifications.

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Arawak Cay port operator awaits Abaco bid outcome

Nassau’s commercial port operator is waiting to learn if its bid to take over Marsh Harbour’s main shipping gateway has been successful as it eyes wider Family Island expansion.

Early 2024 start to protect Junkanoo Beach’s $8.2m

Nassau harbour’s breakwaters will suffer “total failure” if not repaired, it was revealed yesterday, with additional shoreline protection works required to protect Junkanoo Beach’s $8.2m impact and 150 jobs.

Consumer watchdog says complaints triple

The Consumer Protection Commission’s (CPC) top executive yesterday said complaints have almost tripled compared to 2022 as Bahamians become more aware of its role in resolving their grievances.

Despite health concerns, possibly due to mould, Ministry of Grand Bahama remains open

STAFF at the Grand Bahama Ministry has been experiencing health issues due to the presence of mould at the Harold DeGregory Government Complex Building on the Mall.

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Man allegedly shot by accomplice during an exchange of gunfire on Key West Street

A GUNMAN was fatally shot by his own accomplice during a shooting on Key West Street, police said last night.

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PM said Lynes ‘doesn’t have my support’ for chairman

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis last night said he was “surprised” when former senator Robyn Lynes decided to run for chairman of the PLP. He said while “she doesn’t have my support” that no one had to be given the ok to run.

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Judge says no to gag order in Gibson case

A Supreme Court judge cautioned the press yesterday to report accurate information concerning Adrian Gibson’s corruption trial after deciding not to impose a gag order barring journalists from reporting the case.

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Cornish pleads not guilty to charges of rape, assault and death threats

NORTH Abaco MP Kirk Cornish yesterday denied accusations that he raped, assaulted and threatened to kill a woman earlier this year.

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Kool Acres demolition begins in wake of shanty town blaze

AS the demolition crews moved into Kool Acres shanty town yesterday, resident Souvenance Similien watched, hoping to reclaim the abandoned car he calls home.

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THE RACE IS ON: Five nominated to contest by-election

THE by-election for West Grand Bahama and Bimini will be contested by five people after nomination day yesterday – with the countdown now on to voting on November 22.

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RICHARD GIBSON MAKES HISTORY: The first Bahamian golfer to compete in Pan Am Games

In breaking new grounds as the first Bahamian golfer to compete in the Pan American Games, Richard Gibson Jr said his experience in Santiago, Chile, last week could be rated an eight out of a 10.

Accountants seek to boost investigation body powers

The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) is seeking to strengthen its investigation committee’s powers to take action when complaints are made against members, it was revealed yesterday.

Gov’t signs PPP for Bimini airport

The Government, likely with eyes on the constituency’s upcoming by-election, yesterday signed a deal for a private consortium to transform Bimini’s airport facilities.

Renewed concerns on foreign fishermen

A Bahamian fisherman yesterday voiced concern that Dominicans, previously prevented from working on local boats under the Fisheries Act 2020, were getting around this law by obtaining citizenship

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The world is getting smaller

ActivTrades

For the past three months, the MSCI World index has been posting losses. The index is one of the most important building blocks for long-term equity savers.

Responding to calls of need

History is full of events and people that have done horrible things, as we are witnessing in Gaza, The Middle East, Russia-Ukraine, and so many other places in the world. Bad things happening to good, innocent people, families, communities and entire peoples.

The PLP’s triumvirate unbeatable

The Progressive Liberal Party is led my an unbeatable Triumvirate in the form of the Most Hon. Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, KC, MP; the Honourable I Chester Cooper, MP, and the Honourable Frederick A Mitchell, MP. A triumvirate is an administration or a government led by three individuals who, while nominally wielding equal power, there is one amongst them who is primus inter pares, or first amongst equals. Clearly, this is what is needed in our wonderful nation at this critical juncture.

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GSSSA: Sudden death volleyball playoffs today, cross country on

WHILE their volleyball sudden death playoff games will get underway today at the DW Davis and Anatol Rodgers gymnasiums for juniors and seniors respectively, the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association is also gearing up for its cross country championships.

‘Spiking in Paradise’ Volleyball Tourney all set

IN an effort to provide more opportunities for local players to participate in the game, a group of persons have come together to form the Spiking in Paradise Thanksgiving Volleyball Tournament.

Monday, November 6

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Monday, 6th November, 2023.

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Monday, 6th November, 2023.

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WORLD VIEW: A call to arms against the surge of gang violence

THERE has been a surge in gang violence and gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, leading to a high level of murders and heightened fear in many countries.

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THE KDK REPORT: This wound so deep

AS blanketed as it may initially sound, humans enjoy and rely upon the concept of order. Whether it is in law or in life in general, we depend on certain conditions, practices and expectations without which we would be awash in a sea of confusion. On a daily basis, the sun rises and then the sun sets. Simple and easy to understand.

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INSIGHT: Gibson and Lynes challenge may be a sign of disconnect with party base

CONVENTION time is almost upon us, with the PLP gathering on Friday – and the race for the chairman position has been taking all the headlines.

EDITORIAL: The PLP pulls together as a family

WHETHER it is at a party level or a national level, election fever is well under way.

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A Junkanoo event in honour of Obie Wilchcombe scheduled for early December

DECEMBER will see a new event to honour former Cabinet Minister Obie Wilchcombe, just in time for Junkanoo, according to Mario Bowleg, Youth, Sports and Culture Minister.

Marina operator says: ‘We’re not better deal’

Marina operators are still voicing concern about The Bahamas’ prospects for the upcoming winter boating season, with one telling Tribune Business: “We’re not a better deal.”

Balmoral to appeal ‘baffling’ hotel denial

The Balmoral Club has confirmed it will appeal against the Town Planning Committee’s (TPC) “baffling” rejection of its $25m, eight-storey condo hotel expansion.

Govt organ transplant programme start delayed - now to begin early 2024

THE launch of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’s organ transplant programme has been pushed to begin operations next year, as the ministry is in the process of drafting legislation, finalising facilities and training health professionals, according Health officials.

Obadiah Wilchcombe complex to open November 13

THE new multi-million dollar Government Administration Complex in Eight Mile Rock will open on November 13 as the Obediah H Wilchcombe Complex.

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DEMOLITION GOES ON DESPITE SHANTY FIRE: No casualties reported but cause of blaze is still being investigated

DEMOLITION of the Kool Acres community will still proceed today despite the blaze that tore through the shanty town on Saturday engulfing more than 70 homes and destroying numerous belongings and personal items.

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PI braces for new fast-food conflict

Paradise Island is bracing for a new fast-food battle with plans to establish Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Burger King outlets set to potentially double the number of such brands to four.

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Family seeks answers on son who died in Jail

A FAMILY has spent more than $8,000 seeking answers after the death of their loved one while on remand at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services in July.

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Gibson backs Smith for by-election

THE Progressive Liberal Party presented a united approach at their most recent rally in West Grand Bahama on Friday, with former cabinet minister Shane Gibson making a guest appearance.

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Lynes: ‘Dissent and differing opinions are not divisive’

FORMER Senator Robyn Lynes repeated her call for respect and unity in the  Progressive Liberal Party’s chairmanship race against Fred Mitchell.

‘Value for money’ fears on 100% light bill rises

A senior hotelier says The Bahamas must deliver “value for money” to hit projected tourism growth levels after 100 percent light bill increases sparked fresh cost of doing business concerns.

Chamber chair: Online start-ups expanding beyond social media

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation's (BCCEC) chairman said online ventures created during COVID are expanding from social media to full scale e-commerce platforms.

Bahamas reputation 'whole' despite SBF guilty verdict

The Prime Minister's press secretary has maintained that The Bahamas' financial services reputation remains intact after FTX's founder was last week found guilty of defrauding clients of up to $10bn.

Opposition: Pay for VAT food relief via higher property rate

The Opposition’s finance spokesman yesterday urged the Government to reintroduce 12 percent VAT on high-value property purchases to finance his call for expanded tax relief on foods.

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DEREK SMITH: Corporate culture must emphasise compliance

Businesses must have a solid corporate culture to gain a competitive advantage. For a thriving business, it enhances employee performance, increases engagement and forms the backbone of a compliance programme. Conversely, a poor corporate culture, or total absence of one, restricts access to elite talent as well as leading to non-compliance with business norms, laws and societal expectations.

Eric Bain represents the Bahamas well at the inaugural Pan Am Esports Championships

BAHAMIAN Eric Bain was the first to represent The Bahamas at the inaugural Pan American Esports Championships in Santiago, Chile, but ultimately fell in the Group A stage.

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Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands shares his expertise

NATIONAL record holder Leevan “Superman” Sands said he was delighted to be back home. He was even more thrilled to offer his expertise to a large group of athletes at the Red-Line Athletics’ Jump Clinic and their fourth annual Motivational Health & Wellness Seminar.

Remove VAT from healthy food

The PLP government must act immediately and remove VAT from all essential healthy food items. This PLP Government must move beyond just talk and follow the example of Governments all over the world who have taken definitive action to combat high food prices and the inflation crisis by removing VAT from essential healthy food.

Protection of children needs focus

November 5, 2023, marks the second anniversary of the murder of “Baby Bella” Burrows for a Better Bahamas remembers Grand Bahama children that we lost to murder. The state of child protection in The Bahamas is tragic, and we have not seen the political will needed to make the protection of our most vulnerable a national priority. How many more children will we allow to fall prey to incest, physical violence, emotional abuse and neglect?

Human crisis if no govt plan

The government of The Bahamas risks causing a humanitarian crisis if they do not have appropriate provisions in place to shelter and support the hundreds of people, including many children, who will be made homeless through its shanty town eviction policy.

Bahamas must target 70% cruise visitor ratio

A well-known hotelier says The Bahamas must do a better job on cruise passenger “conversion” and increasing the number of resort rooms if it is to maximise tourism’s economic benefits.

LPIA hotel ‘very much at the forefront again’

Plans to develop a hotel at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) are “very much at the forefront again” as its operator seeks to acquire extra land from the Government for expansion.

Cargo shipping disruption rises on breakwater woes

Nassau’s main commercial shipping port is warning that repairs to the harbour’s breakwaters are becoming ever-more urgent with “interruptions” to the unloading of cargo vessels “increasing” in recent months.

Swimming, athletics receive top honours at National Sports Awards

OVER the weekend, the swimming and athletics disciplines took home a majority of the awards at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s National Sports Awards.

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Donald Thomas soars for bronze in high jump

EACH year, as long as he feels healthy, Donald Thomas said he will be out to make his presence felt on the international scene. Although he admitted that he was not at full strength, Thomas said he wanted to give it his best shot at this year’s Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

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RHEMA OTABOR WINS SILVER IN THE JAVELIN: Shines in Pan Am Games debut

Rising javelin star Rhema Otabor added her first international medal to the gold she won at the National College Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Track and Field Championships with a silver at the Pan American Games.

Saturday, November 4

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Fire destroys structures in Kool Acres shanty town

Around 77 structures or some 80 percent of the Kool Acres shanty town off Joe Farrington Road have been burned to the ground in a fire that took place around 4pm on Saturday, according to Craig Delancey, Buildings Control Officer with the Ministry of Works and a part of the Unregulated Communities Action Taskforce.

Friday, November 3

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Mitchell hits back at Gibson's 'lack of confidence' claim

Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell said Shane Gibson's suggestion that the PLP has no confidence in him as chairman does not add up. Instead, he said, Mr Gibson's choice to withdraw from the race shows he has no confidence in himself.

Ministry launches Nursing Cadet Programme 2023

OVER 300 high school students in New Providence are a part of the Nursing Cadet Programme 2023, as the Ministry of Health and Wellness strives to keep the art of nursing at the forefront for generations to come.

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Attorney for former police officer withdraws representation

AN ATTORNEY for a veteran police officer facing drug related charges has withdrawn representation of his client.

Healthcare providers in NHI programme seek answers over payment delays

HEALTHCARE providers enrolled in the National Health Insurance programme are calling for answers after suffering payment delays last month.

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New uniform for police officers handling traffic

POLICE officers handling traffic can now be seen wearing new uniform tops — all white shirts with recognisable police insignia and crests.

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Friday, 3rd November, 2023.

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Friday, 3rd November, 2023.

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THE BTVI STORY: Revving up for the future

They were 11 eager young men who swarmed around the vehicle like busy bees. The excitement was evident as they were presented with the opportunity to diagnose the multiple issues the owner faced.

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Young faces at Parliament event

The Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture wrapped up its youth month activities with the annual Youth in Parliament at the House of Assembly last week.

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Harbour Island students shine

Harbour Island student won local scholarship and awards for academic achievements.

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Art on show by Sadie Curtis pupils

Students at Sadie Curtis Primary School displayed their artistic skills with their visual art display.

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Clubs & Societies November 3rd 2023

The local Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Eta Psi Omega kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a health and educational presentation on “Myth Busting: Breast Cancer 101” by Dr Yasmin Robinson, a member of the sorority. She debunked breast cancer myths, urged the members to get their annual mammograms and stressed the importance of early detection.

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DIANE PHILLIPS – ‘I’ve never felt more comfortable outside the US than when I was in Grand Bahama’

The man sat down a few rows away. In a nearly empty and sterile, freezing cold Grand Bahama International Airport terminal with only a handful of early arrivals waiting for much later flights, it was hard not to make eye contact with the few lone folks who were already there, a mother and toddler, a few men who spoke in rapid staccato-like sounds like they were from somewhere far away, and this gentleman, middle-aged, laden with an encased guitar and assortment of backpacks and hefty hand luggage that indicated he had been around these parts for a while and was heading back to wherever he came from.

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Eric Wiberg – PBM Mariner seaplane sinks near Royal Island

ON the night of Wednesday, July 19, 1944, at Royal Island, North Eleuthera, Lt (jg) HL Hayes crashed while landing in a turbulent sea. No injuries to the personnel occurred, but both wing floats were torn off the plane and the starboard wing tip bounced on the bottom and finally sank in 20 feet of water. The plane was damaged beyond repair and was later surveyed.

EDITORIAL: Treating symptoms rather than the illness

DARREN Henfield is trying to treat a symptom and not the illness.

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Henfield wants bail denied for people charged with multiple serious crimes

FNM SENATOR Darren Henfield said a constitutional amendment should be pursued to deny bail to people accused of multiple serious crimes.

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Govt considering another post office relocation

TRANSPORT and Energy Minister JoBeth Coleby-Davis said her ministry is considering a proposal to relocate the General Post Office to the former Independence Drive Shopping Plaza site.

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‘PTI Road Traffic proposal never made it to Cabinet’

TRANSPORT and Energy Minister JoBeth Coleby-Davis suggested that a businessman who presented a proposal to the government for the Road Traffic Department did not demonstrate that he could fulfil certain requirements for the project.

‘Economy’s turned’: Port targets $10m-plus profit

Nassau’s main commercial shipping port is targeting a 7 percent year-over-year increase to break the $10m profit barrier in 2024, its top executive asserting yesterday: “The economy has turned.”

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Just one SOE ‘can throw everything’

The Government yesterday unveiled policies to govern a near-$800m portfolio of loans and guarantees to state-owned entities, a senior official saying: “One transaction could throw everything awry.”

$500m cruise port’s ‘strict preference’ for Bahamians

The US contractor managing landside construction for Carnival’s $500m Grand Bahama cruise port has pledged to give “strict preference” to Bahamians on all work that is put out to bid.

Tribunal VP: Terminate employees ‘by the book’

The Industrial Tribunal’s vice-president has warned employers to ensure staff terminations are done “by the book” in awarding a fast-food group’s ex-supply chain manager $47,000 for unfair dismissal.

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Bus fare increase set for 2024 first quarter

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the 25-cent bus fare increase will be rolled out in the 2024 first quarter following a series of Town Hall meetings to inform and educate the public on the move

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Public consultation in December for bus fare rise

TRANSPORT and Energy Minister JoBeth Coleby-Davis said public consultation on planned bus far increases will be held within the first two weeks of December, with officials hoping to roll out a 25-cent increase in the first quarter of 2024.

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Rolle: Second phase of downtown revitalisation plan to begin soon

SENATOR Randy Rolle said the government will soon start the second phase of its downtown revitalisation plan after demolishing six abandoned buildings this year.

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Campaigners warn 'world is watching' ahead of shanty home demolitions

HUMAN rights campaigners have warned that “the world is watching” as the government prepares to start demolition work on shanty homes.

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Two men missing at sea

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two men, aged 53 and 33, who reportedly went missing at sea.

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Wendy's serving food on Paradise Island – from a mobile kitchen

AFTER a very public debate over plans to open a Wendy’s restaurant on Paradise Island, the company is now serving food at the site – but from a mobile kitchen.

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FTX founder Sam-Bankman-Fried convicted of defrauding cryptocurrency customers

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s spectacular rise and fall in the cryptocurrency industry — a journey that included his testimony before Congress, a Super Bowl advertisement and dreams of a future run for president — hit a new bottom Thursday when a New York jury convicted him of fraud in a scheme that cheated customers and investors of at least $10 billion.

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Mom tells how son died in crash on her birthday

SHANTELL Swann lost her son on her birthday and will bury him two weeks before he would have turned 25.

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NIB staff vote to strike over unresolved issues

NATIONAL Insurance Board line staff voted to strike during a poll yesterday, according to Nadia Vanderpool, president of the Union of Public Officers.

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GIBSON BOWS OUT OF CHAIRMAN RACE: Shane backs Lynes as he claims confidence lacking for Mitchell

SHANE Gibson said he has withdrawn from the Progressive Liberal Party’s upcoming chairmanship race to consolidate opposition to Fred Mitchell.

Bahamian firm’s tie-up to ‘unlock’ LNG supply

A Bahamian firm’s partnership with an international liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier will attempt to “unlock the supply chain” with plans to soon store the fuel in this nation.

PHA’s statement not reality

I am writing to thank The Tribune for publishing my letter regarding the “Blood bank policy is a failure” (August 25, 2023). It speaks volumes about The Tribune’s dedication to journalism as a beacon of light for Bahamians where there otherwise would be darkness.

Water leak points to derelict govt

I am a tenant at one of the Government senior citizens apartments complex on Finlayson Street in Bain Town, and since over a year ago we had water leakage going on in the bathrooms, but lately, beginning last week.

Gov’t plans 100 MW Nassau solar project

The Government plans to seek bids for the provision of up to 100 Mega Watts (MW) of solar energy for New Providence, the Attorney General said yesterday.

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Steeple collapses at Mount Horeb Baptist Church

THE STEEPLE of Mount Horeb Baptist Church at Sandyport collapsed on top of the church’s roof yesterday morning.

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‘Building Holistic Champions’

WHILE they will prepare to hold their fourth annual Motivational, Health & Wellness Seminar for their athletes this weekend, the Red-Line Athletics Track Club hosted a course for their coaches and management team.

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GSSSA volleyball season wraps up today

WITH the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) volleyball regular season coming to a close, senior teams have turned up the intensity on the courts.

Sports calendar: Nov 2023

• Here’s a glance at some of the events on tap for this weekend:

NPBA regular season opening night on November 11

THE New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) regular season is scheduled to return next week Saturday for opening night at the Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium.

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Understanding the unique anatomy and physiology of female athletes and their injury management

FEMALE athletes, like their male counterparts, possess distinctive anatomy and physiology that play a crucial role in their athletic performance and injury management.

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LaFleur earns another pro card

LORRAINE LaFleur can now boast of being the first Bahamian female to earn two professional bodybuilding cards.

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National Sports Awards Saturday

SPORTS Heritage Month began on Wednesday and among the event’s sporting festivities will be the National Sports Awards slated for tomorrow evening.

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Mouratoglou in town

Patrick Mouratoglou, the world renowned French tennis coach, was impressed with his return trip to the Bahamas this week.

BPL eyes ‘fast-paced’ transition over energy

A Cabinet minister yesterday pledged that Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) intends to make a “fast-paced” transition to cleaner and renewable energy in upcoming years.

Financial analyst chief backs income tax move

A Bahamian financial analyst yesterday backed the introduction of income tax as he called for this nation to move away from VAT and the other regressive levies it has relied on for decades.

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Man gets three months in jail for motorcycle theft

A MAN was sentenced to three months in prison after admitting to stealing and damaging a motorcycle last month.

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Man accused of stealing iPhone and $2,500 cash at gunpoint

A MAN was remanded after he allegedly robbed someone at gunpoint of $2,500 last month.

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Man accused of stabbing with a broken bottle gets $3k bail

A MAN was granted $3,000 bail after he allegedly stabbed a man with a broken bottle.

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Three men charged over attempted murder and shootout with police in Yellow Elder area

THREE men were remanded after they allegedly attempted to kill someone and engaged police in a shootout in Yellow Elder Gardens last Friday.

Thursday, November 2

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STATESIDE: Mike Pence’s withdrawal not likely to cause a ripple for GOP

MIKE Pence “suspended” his candidacy for next year’s presidential race over the weekend. When the former vice president exited the current GOP presidential race, Pence was in some danger of missing the cut for the next Republican debate which is set for next week. His withdrawal hardly caused a ripple.

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FRONT PORCH: Removal of pride is necessary to experience mercy

PRIDE is a master of disguise. It cloaks itself in all manner of outlandish costumes, intending to mislead oneself and others. Its powers of obfuscation are immense. Pride is so clever, so insidious that it tricks and befuddles our truer selves like a distorting funhouse mirror at a carnival.

EDITORIAL: What do the people want or need?

AS the by-election in West Grand Bahama and Bimini approaches, there are a lot of voices striving to be heard.

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Criticism of PHA as man claims blood donors turned up but lab techs did not

A MAN criticised the Public Hospital Authority for closing the Rand Memorial Hospital’s blood bank on weekends, saying his father desperately needed blood when he died two days after having elective surgery on December 9, 2022.

Bimini residents voice concerns and needs ahead of upcoming by-election

AS the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election approaches, Bimini residents say they need a working ambulance, improved financial services and repairs to dilapidated government buildings.

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FNM leader offers bipartisan support to regulate banking sector

FREE National Movement Leader Michael Pintard said the Davis administration would get bipartisan support to regulate the commercial banking sector, so it should act more and talk less about the need for better banking services in The Bahamas.

Wynn identifies three sites to avoid ‘parking anarchy’

A Goodman’s Bay developer yesterday said it has identified three potential off-site parking locations for construction workers and staff as it bids to avoid the “anarchy” that occurred during its first project.

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Pintard touts near-$50m equity gain on BPL plant

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) enjoyed a near-$50m equity gain on its ‘Station A’ investment, the Opposition’s leader charged yesterday, slamming accusations of cost overruns as a “misrepresentation”.

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Jurors sworn in after lengthy selection process in Gibson trial

A NEW jury was empanelled yesterday in Adrian Gibson’s corruption trial after a lengthy selection process that dismissed several candidates because of their ties to the accused or witnesses.

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‘Incompatible’ Balmoral condo hotel is rejected

The Balmoral Club’s eight-storey, 50-unit condo hotel expansion has been rejected by the planning authorities because it is “incompatible” with land use and development trends in the community.

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FTX executive violated work permit restrictions

An FTX executive breached Bahamian Immigration regulations by working outside the scope of his work permit, court documents have revealed.

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Students ask for airlift from Jamaica after earthquake - but are urged to stay

SOME Bahamian students in Jamaica asked to be airlifted to The Bahamas after an earthquake shook that country earlier this week.

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Homeless fears over shanty town demolitions

IMMIGRANTS rights advocate Louby Georges said displacement and homelessness might rise when the government evicts shanty town residents next week. He said there are unanswered questions about how the demolitions will affect people.

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MITCHELL: CHAIRMAN NEEDS PM’S SUPPORT – Fox Hill MP asks ‘why switch’ as he prepares ‘penultimate campaign’

FRED Mitchell suggested that if Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis does not support the victor of the Progressive Liberal Party’s upcoming chairmanship race, that person would struggle to function and carry out their duties as a vital party agent.

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Top sailor Spencer making some waves

Cartwright joins coaching staff at Brown University

Top sailor Spencer Cartwright has made a name for himself on the waters and will now look to make his mark as an assistant coach for the Brown University sailing team.

Pintard denies Shell sidelined over engines

FNM leader Michael Pintard yesterday denied that Shell North America was sidelined during the selection process for new engines at Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) under the last administration.

$600m Shipyard project set to boost GB investor confidence

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday said Grand Bahama Shipyard’s $600m dry dock ground-breaking should boost investor confidence in the island.

Stop ‘beating dead horse’ over BPL fuel hedge row

A Cabinet minister yesterday urged the Opposition to stop “beating a dead horse” over Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) fuel hedging strategy and summer’s sky-high light bills.

PM: Consumer Protection Bill will help ‘reimagine economy’

The Prime Minister yesterday said strengthened consumer protection laws are a key component in the Government’s plan to “reimagine the Bahamian economy”.

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Businesses ignore PR at their peril

The term ‘public relations’ is thrown around quite frequently but, many times, is misunderstood. There was a time when many companies did not see the value of public relations unless a crisis occurred. Nonetheless, it is important that companies have some kind of public relations capability, whether it lies in creating a brand identity, maintaining corporate relationships and relations with the media.

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Man in jail for large amount of drugs sentence loses appeal

THE Court of Appeal upheld a man’s two-and-a-half-year prison sentence after he was convicted while being a passenger in a car that had $340,000 worth of marijuana in North Bimini in 2017.

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Man charged with being found with loaded gun, granted bail

A MAN was granted bail yesterday after he was allegedly found with a loaded gun last weekend.

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Woman granted $4k bail after allegedly stabbing boyfriend

A WOMAN was granted $4,000 bail yesterday after she was accused of stabbing her boyfriend during a fight last weekend on Carmichael Road.

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Man fined $2,000 for body armour he claims he found in the garbage

A MAN was fined $2,000 yesterday after admitting to having police body armour that he claimed he found in the garbage last week.

Lest we forget what FNM did

I find it very amusing every time I listen to talk shows and people are ranting and raving about one issue or the other.

Politics and church don’t mix

Politics and church? Should never mix so the PLP going to a church pre-their launch of their West End-Bimini campaign is certainly not appropriate dividing the community on religious grounds, stupid, but we do it and too many churches allow politicians in their pulpits when Revs may not go into the pulpit of the politician - House of Assembly.

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Eric Bain to represent the Bahamas at first ever Pan Am Esports Championships

BAHAMIAN Eric Bain will represent The Bahamas today at the inaugural Pan American Esports Championships in Santiago, Chile.

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Women’s national soccer team in scoreless draw with USVI

ALL TIED UP: The Bahamas women’s national team finished in a 0-0 draw with the US Virgin Islands in an away game at the Bethlehem Soccer Complex over the weekend.

Mingoes soccer prevails with first perfect tour in UB history

MIRAMAR, Florida — The University of The Bahamas men’s soccer team completed its two-match tour in South Florida undefeated after beating United International College 3-1 Saturday at The Miramar Regional Park. It was the first time a Mingoe team completed a tour with only wins.

Wednesday, November 1

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11012023 EDITION

Wednesday, 1st November, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Progress needed as lines blurred for domestic and care workers

SUNDAY, October 29, was the first International Day of Care, declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Buckeye resolves odour issue that affected residents living nearby in Grand Bahama

BUCKEYE Bahamas Hub said it had resolved an odour issue that affected nearby Grand Bahama residents last week.

EDITORIAL: Tourism record a sign of healing post-COVID

THE news that The Bahamas has set a new record for tourist arrivals is not only welcome, but a sign of our nation’s healing.

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Dismissed worker wins just under $2,000 of the more than $50,000 he sued Ministry of Tourism for

CHIEF Justice Ian Winder ruled that the government pay $1,963.19 to a former Ministry of Tourism contract worker, far less than the more than $50,000 the man sought.

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Labour on the Campus fair held to help students plan for the future

DOZENS of senior high school students attended a career fair at the Andre Rogers National Baseball Stadium yesterday, an initiative to assist students entering the job market.

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Minister ‘mischaracterised’ BPL’s $21m cost overrun

A Cabinet minister was yesterday accused of “mischaracterising” a review of Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) key generation investment by suggesting it had incurred a $21m cost “overrun”.

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Bank denies ArawakX settlement negotiations

ArawakX’s belief that it stands to win “significant damages” from Bank of The Bahamas is being contested by the BISX-listed bank which says the two sides “have not engaged in any” settlement talks.

Arawak port beats profit target by 18%

Nassau’s main commercial shipping port yesterday revealed it beat its full-year profits target for 2023 by some 17.7 percent or more than $1.4m compared to original forecasts.

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KFC industrial action halt with ‘historic’ deal

Industrial action by Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) staff has ceased, it was confirmed last night, after the franchise agreed to an “historic” deal that will more than double the lump sum payment initially offered.

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Friend says victim was changing to a godly life

THE best friend of a man killed on Monday night said the victim was transitioning to a godly lifestyle before he was killed.

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PM denies FTX gave Heat ‘court side’ seats

The Prime Minister’s spokesman last night refuted claims he received free “court-side seat” tickets from FTX and other hospitality perks in attending a Miami Heat basketball game.

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Davis administration accused of cronyism on Miller deal

A BAHAMIAN investor who submitted a proposal for the Road Traffic Department accused the Davis administration of “cronyism” for choosing to house the department’s headquarters in Leslie Miller’s Summerwinds Plaza instead.

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SHANTY DEMOLITION COUNTDOWN BEGINS: Social Services to help displaced Bahamians – not other nationalities

THE Ministry of Social Services will provide housing assistance to Bahamians facing eviction from the Kool Acres and All Saints Way shanty towns, where 162 illegal structures are set to be demolished starting Monday.

Some PLP’s hearing voices?

It has been written that: ‘Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.’ This bold and provocative quote has caused many persons to act out of the box, across the board. There are others who remind me of the fabled Don Quixote, the deluded hero and protagonist of a novel by a Spanish author hundreds of years ago. He was accompanied by his faithful valet called Sanchez.

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Man charged with murder of Darren Bastian in Nassau Village in May

A MAN has been remanded after allegedly killing a 24-year-old man on bail in a drive-by shooting in Nassau Village in May.

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Man accused of five sexual assaults of a friend’s two younger sisters

A MAN is accused of five times sexually assaulting a friend’s two younger sisters in the last two months.

Traffic police get new uniform shirts

ROYAL Bahamas Police Force traffic officers will wear new “dry fit” uniforms to protect them from the sun.

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Bahamian importer said he was unaware of guns American man shipped through his service

A POLICE officer testified yesterday in the trial of a businessman who allegedly imported ten firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition through a courier company in June.

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Two charged over fraudulent extensions for foreign nationals

AN immigration officer and a civilian were charged and granted bail yesterday after allegedly forging fraudulent approval and extension forms for foreign nationals.

DPM urges UN to take international tax control

The deputy prime minister yesterday renewed calls for a body such as the United Nations (UN) to oversee global tax issues as The Bahamas has been “playing catch up” with the OECD and Europe for too long.

Gov’t ‘intentional’ over post-Dorian recovery

The deputy prime minister says Grand Bahama is now enjoying the highest percentage increase in airlift of any island as the Government has been “intentional” over the post-Dorian rebound.

A weekend of empty promises!

This past weekend, the full machinery of both the Progressive Liberal Party(PLP) and the Free National Movement(FNM) rolled into west Grand Bahama. They were in full campaign mode. The showmanship, the high fives, and the fist bumping were everywhere. It was evident (to me at least) that emotions have been stirred in both political camps.

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Girls’ softball field of dreams dedicated at SAC in memory of the late Charlotte Pyfrom

IN the midst of their quest for another successful Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools campaign, the Big Red Machine kept the memory of deceased former head of department Charlotte Pyfrom alive with the dedication of its girls’ softball Field of Dreams at St Augustine’s College.

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BHTA golf tournament resumes at Royal Blue

THE Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) “resumed play” as the organisation brought back its immensely popular Annual “Spooktacular Golf Tournament” at the behest of players and corporate sponsors - after a three-year hiatus.

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Trent Deveaux hopes to get back to minor league

WHILE he’s taking the time to recuperate from an elbow injury that sidelined him this year, outfielder Trent Deveaux said he’s glad to be taking on another important role as a “father to a newborn son” as he waits for his return to minor league baseball.

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Ken Mullings ends up with DNF in decathlon

After getting off to a scorching start on day one of the 19th Pan American Games, national record holder Ken Mullings dropped out of contention for a medal and eventually the rest of the 10-event competition on the final day yesterday in Santiago, Chile.

Liveable wage is ‘ongoing process’

The Government’s labour director yesterday said the National Tripartite Council has been discussing the concept of a “livable wage” and described it as “an ongoing process”.

Multiple events to mark National MSME month

The Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) yesterday said it will stage multiple events throughout The Bahamas this month to highlight the importance of micro, small and medium-sized firms (MSMEs).

BPL union presidents not visited ‘Station A’ in years

Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) line staff union leader yesterday said he has not been inside Clifton Pier’s ‘Station A’ power plant for years.

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12 to be inducted into Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s Class of 23 National Hall of Fame

Thursday, November 23rd will be a special day for 12 more distinguished Bahamian sporting personalities. They will be inducted into the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s Class of 23 National Hall of Fame.