Stories for October 2023


Tuesday, October 31

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Malikah’s reaching for the stars

SINGER turned actor Malikah Pinder has been a performer for as long as she can remember.

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FACE TO FACE: A recipe for success for students

AKHEPRAN International Academy is emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the junior culinary world. Students are gaining national attention with creative, scrumptious, health conscious Bahamian dishes.

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10312023 EDITION

Tuesday, 31st October, 2023.

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10272023 WEEKEND

Friday, 27th October, 2023.

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Bahamas National Statistical Institute to produce quarterly reports on unemployment rates

BAHAMAS National Statistical Institute acting managing director Nerissa Gibson said the institute will start releasing data on unemployment rates quarterly, twice more than it has traditionally done.

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Abaco waste management sites would cost over $10m to restore

MYLES Laroda, State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, said it would cost more than $10m to restore two waste management sites in Abaco that have become health hazards.

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Appeal for financial aid as cost of living rise impacts the Ranfurly Home for children

INFLATION is making it harder for the Ranfurly Homes for Children to function.

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British Colonial Hotel expected to open on December 12

DEPUTY Prime Minister Chester Cooper said the British Colonial Hotel will open on December 12 with 288 renovated rooms, 300 Bahamian employees and 18,000 sq ft of meeting space.

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Eight Mile Rock administration building to be named in honour of Obie Wilchcombe

AN administrator’s complex set to open in Eight-Mile Rock will be named after the late West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe, according to Grand Bahama Minister Ginger Moxey.

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Clarence Russell appointed interim chief passport officer

RETIRED superintendent Clarence Russell has been appointed the interim chief passport officer until the government finds a replacement for Kingsley Smith, who resigned to run for political office.

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PM told that BPL fuel hedge ‘in the money’

The Prime Minister was told Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) fuel hedge, which his administration has sought to discredit, was “in the money” even though fuel woes “substantially ate into the benefits”.

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Hitting near 3% growth to make ‘incredible difference’

Economic growth in the “upper 2 percent” range and above will make “an incredible difference” to The Bahamas’ economic prospects if achieved consistently, the Central Bank governor asserted yesterday.

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Minister: $21m ‘overrun’ on key BPL investment

A Cabinet minister yesterday asserted that Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) key generation investment has suffered a $21m-plus “cost overrun” while failing to deliver the promised efficiencies and savings.

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Mortgage loan approvals decline to under one-third

Less than one out of every three mortgage loan applications was approved in the 2023 first half despite total credit applications to the commercial banking sector increasing by 9.4 percent year-over-year.

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Digital payments ‘a train that is not going to stop’

The Central Bank’s governor yesterday said he is aiming to “leapfrog The Bahamas to an even better digital payments state” as he warned: “This is a train that is not going to stop.”

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‘Nowhere to go’ for shanty residents as eviction looms

RESTLESS residents of the Kool Acres and All Saints Way shanty towns have packed their bags and secured their belongings, ready to leave before the bulldozers arrive.

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Govt set on East Hill St for new Parliament

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said Cabinet has approved the creation of a new House of Assembly building, which will be located at the site of the old post office headquarters on East Hill Street.

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Police-involved killing of Garth Harrison ruled a justifiable homicide

THE family of Garth Harrison III was stunned after a Coroner’s Court jury ruled yesterday that the 24-year-old’s police-involved killing in 2019 was a justifiable homicide.

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Minnis calls govt plan to send troops to Haiti ‘unacceptable’

FORMER Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis opposes government’s plan to send troops to Haiti, telling parliamentarians yesterday that no officer should risk their lives “on a deployment to a conflict zone with no plan or structure.”

We need you, Fred Mitchell

If we have to march on Bay, we will do just that. We want you. You have a proven record to show the youth, under privileged, the elderly, etc. We want you, Mr Fred Mitchell, no ands, ifs or buts. Best of luck at the polls. You are the best man for the job.

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PETER YOUNG: English wine on show? We’ll drink to that

THERE has been so much publicity about the Israeli-Gaza war that most people will be aware that it has moved to another deadly phase as the Israeli bombardment of Gaza intensifies and tanks and troops have also now crossed into the territory. The humanitarian situation has worsened and, in reaction, pro-Palestinian rallies are being held around the world.

Visitor arrivals match 2019 record in first nine months

Total visitor arrivals for the first nine months of 2023 have equalled pre-COVID’s 2019 full-year record of 7.2m, it was revealed yesterday, with hotel room rates almost 60 percent higher.

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Man whose passenger died in Abaco car crash charged

A MAN was charged yesterday with causing the death of a passenger in a car crash in Abaco this summer.

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Man charged with killing Valentino McKenzie last week

A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday accused of killing a 21-year-old man who was on bail for firearm charges.

Chairman and leader are one

Politics, at its core, isn’t just about individual personalities, it’s about the collective vision, strategies, and objectives they represent. As the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) approaches its convention and subsequent by-election, the interplay of these politics is vividly clear.

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Man accused of sex with 17-year-old boy

A 44-year-old man was imprisoned accused of having sex with a 17-year-old boy earlier this month.

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Softball Games prelude to Public Service Week

PUBLIC service workers enjoyed softball games at the Blue Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday morning in their leadup to full launch of their commemorative week.

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Uniting to support the fight against cancer

2nd City of Hope Connect for Cancer Fun/Run Walk

SUPPORTING THE CAUSE - The second edition of the Connect for Cancer Fun/Run Walk & Mini Health Expo was a success as supporters came out in great numbers to participate in the event, raise funds and awareness for two residents of the South Beach constituency that are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Ministry partners with NSA for third annual Fitness Fest

THE Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture is proud to partner with the National Sports Authority for the third annual Fitness Fest exercise programme.

NPSA: Black Scorpions knock off I-BAP 7-5

THE New Providence Softball Association continued its abbreviated regular season action in the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with just one game played on Saturday night.

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Tennis champions crowned on Winding Bay

IT was another exciting Sheri Roberts Open at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay. From the competitive tennis matches, the following winners emerged:

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Denali Nottage takes home title

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association congratulates Bahamian Denali Nottage on winning the Casely $10k Men’s Open in Hollywood, Florida, on October 23.

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‘United in Sports - A Golden Jubilee’

SPORTS Heritage Month is here and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is looking forward to inducting its latest Hall of Famers, selecting its outstanding athletes, teams and coaches as well as staging a number of other activities to bring the community together.

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Get ready for ‘The Bahamas versus the World’

CO-founder of the Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise Todd Isaacs Jr noted that every year they try to make the December extravaganza an exciting one for the plyers and the spectators.

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Decathlete Mullings in position for medal

Track and field gets underway at 19th Pan American Games

National record holder Ken Mullings positioned himself for a medal in the men’s decathlon yesterday as the track and field competition got underway at the 19th Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

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MAN SHOT DEAD AT HARBOUR BAY PLAZA: Victim leaving gym as gunmen pulled up and opened fire

SCREAMS rang out through the Harbour Bay Plaza last night and tearful family members gathered as a 29-year-old man was shot dead after leaving the gym.

Monday, October 30

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Monday, 30th October, 2023.

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10302023 EDITION

Monday, 30th October, 2023.

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INSIGHT: China trip offers different perspective of freedom and responsibility of the press

A trip to China provided a look at the growing technological world of one of the world's superpowers for Tribune reporter Earyel Bowleg - including questions of censorship and cultural differences in approaches to the media.

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WORLD VIEW: Venezuela’s dangerous referendum - threatening peace and international law

FOR sixty years, from their entry into school, Venezuelans have been trained into believing that the Essequibo region of Guyana belongs to Venezuela. Consequently, regardless of the facts, this belief is ingrained in the Venezuelan psyche.

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INSIGHT: A successful way forward not easily seen in Haiti

A US court charged a Haitian gang leader last week in what seems an exercise in futility. The accused wasn’t there – and there seems no likelihood he ever will see the inside of that court.

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THE KDK REPORT: The resident on call, and the dangers of motorcycles

I once worked at a prestigious hospital in New York and there were many days when I tracked how many times I walked up and down the stairs from the residents’ lounge to various parts of the hospital. Sometimes I timed myself.

EDITORIAL: Govt immigration commission lacking substance

THE FNM is exactly right when it criticises the immigration commission launched to review issues at the Department of Immigration.

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Cooper says Grand Bahama airport groundbreaking coming soon, and to be finished by 2025

DEPUTY Prime Minister Chester Cooper said a groundbreaking ceremony for an airport in Grand Bahama will soon happen.

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McIntosh confident in re-election bid for MICAL

MICAL MP Basil McIntosh said he intends to seek re-election in the next general election despite Shane Gibson’s previous interest in the seat.

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Immigration Commission ‘focused on wrong things’, says FNM leader

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard derided the immigration commission established by the Davis administration, saying it is focused on the wrong things.

Contractors chief fears: ‘We’re often last choice’

The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president says he does not have “much hope” local firms will win significant work on major upcoming projects, adding: “We’re often the last choice.”

Land reform: ‘It’s never too late to do right thing’

Land ownership rights will become much clearer and accessible to all Bahamians if the Government follows through in its Speech from the Throne pledges, a long-time reform advocate says.

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‘6,000% important’ ArawakX crowd-fund void filled swiftly

A long-time crowd funding advocate says it is “6,000 percent important” that another platform replace ArawakX if it is wound-up, adding: “The void has to be filled immediately.”

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Bahamas ‘on track’ to expand airlift by 15%

The deputy prime minister yesterday said The Bahamas is “on track” to increase airlift capacity into the destination by 15 percent this year through the addition of several new routes.

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$111m ‘quantum leap’ for CLICO’s creditors

CLICO (Bahamas) liquidator has been given the authority to accept a $110.827m settlement that could fully repay all debts owed to policyholders, creditors and the Government.

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Tearful mom pleads for return of missing son

TODAY marks a month since Daniel Padilla, Jr, went missing.

Experts: We need healthier soil to bolster nation’s food security

UNIVERSITY of The Bahamas researchers said the country must improve soil health to achieve food security and strengthen its agricultural sector.

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Lynes says bid for chairman position not ‘anti-leadership’

FORMER Senator Robyn Lynes said she would not be intimidated running to be chair of the Progressive Liberal Party, insisting her bid is not “anti-leadership”.

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TIME IS UP FOR SHANTY HOMES: ‘Demolition to begin’ as 28-day deadline on evictions reached

THE Ministry of Works said it will begin demolition exercises in the Kool Acres and All Saints Way shanty towns, noting the 28-day eviction notice given to residents in those communities ends today.

New Traffic location is bad idea

Ministry of Energy Transport — Road Traffic one would have thought they would use all the technology and science available before making a traffic decision but no...let’s put a high volume traffic government licensing department on an already high trafficked highway! Brilliant!

Constitution does not discriminate

Our Constitution does not discriminate between the genders so why do so many discriminate?

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Man accused of stealing $2,000 worth of property granted $4,000 bail

A MAN was given $4,000 bail after he was accused of stealing $2,000 worth of property last month.

North Andros hopeful on ‘greener’ BPL plant

Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) pledge to construct a hybrid or renewable power plant on North Andros could bring more investors to the island, its Chamber of Commerce president said yesterday.

Bahamian understudy was ‘always’ work permit policy

The head of the Government’s newly-appointed Immigration Commission yesterday said it has always been policy for employers to identify a Bahamian understudy when applying for work permits.

Abaco water supplier rebrands its identity

An Abaco-based atmospheric water provider has changed its name in a bid to better differentiate itself from rivals amid strong sales growth.

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Webster looking ahead to college

WHEN former Bahamian basketball player turned coach Cedricka Sweeting-Badmus recruited Adena Webster during the COVID-19 pandemic, she knew that she was getting a player who could make the transition from the Bahamas to the United States.

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PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Jonquel ‘JJ’ Jones earns honours for October

Grand Bahama native Jonquel “JJ” Jones is The Tribune Sports’ Player of the Month for October.

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Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association Cross Country Championships ‘a success’

AFTER the closure of Fort Charlotte, the Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association moved their cross country championships to Goodman’s Bay where the competition was bigger and better on Saturday.

Jayson ‘Jay Shred’ Johnson makes a name for himself at Arnold Classic

FIRST Bahamian double pro card recipient Jayson ‘Jay Shred’ Johnson added another feather to his cap when he competed in the IFBB Elite Pro World Championships at the 2023 Arnold Classic Europe & Fitness Sports Games.

Elite Girls Basketball League heats up

THE action is starting to heat up in the Elite Girls Basketball League.

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Lamar Taylor: Honestly, getting the medal, I was really shocked

Lamar Taylor, back in university as he prepares for the collegiate and World Championships and Olympic year, said he was “shocked” when he touched the wall for the Bahamas’ first swimming medal ever (for men) at the Pan American Games.

Entrepreneurship ‘not for the weak of heart’

A fashion house owner says “entrepreneurship is not for the weak at heart” but urged those in business to stay the course once they know they have a dream and purpose.

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Crypto on the front foot


The digital currency, Bitcoin, is making strong gains and traded temporarily above the $35,000 mark last week. One reason for the price surge is speculation about a first “direct” Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).

Protect our access to our beaches

I thank you in advance for the space to address two issues that have dominated the headlines recently, that if not handled carefully can have devastating social consequences for this tiny island on which sits the capital of the country, financial and tourist-wise.

Sunday, October 29

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Huge crowd sees Tarrus Riley perform as part of 100 Jamz 30th anniversary celebrations

A PACKED crowd turned out at the Nassau Cruise Port on Saturday night to see Tarrus Riley perform as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for 100 Jamz

Saturday, October 28

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Three questioned over Abaco shooting

Police are questioning three people in connection with the shooting incident that occurred on Green Turtle Key, Abaco on Friday. A 39-year-old man, a 49-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were arrested around 6am on Friday in Green Turtle Cay. A firearm, believed to be the weapon used in the incident, was also confiscated.

Friday, October 27

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Leaked document says by-election date is November 22

THE West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election date is set for November 22, according to a leaked document, the authenticity of which was confirmed by Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell.

'Giant boost' as $600m transformational project launched at Grand Bahama Shipyard

A $600m transformational project, which will include two of the largest dry docks in the world, was launched at the Grand Bahama Shipyard on Friday, and was said to be a “giant boost” to the island’s economy, tourism and employment.

Family Protection Against Family/Youth Violence two-day workshop this month

THE Family Protection Against Family/Youth Violence two-day workshop will be held on October 30-31 at Superclubs Breezes to tackle the issue of violence in the home and society.

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16-year-old accused of murder

A 16-year-old was sent behind bars on Friday after being accused of killing a former convicted murderer who was out on bail awaiting retrial earlier this month.

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Man pleads not guilty to shop-breaking and vagrancy

A MAN was sent to prison after he allegedly attempted to break into a business on West Bay Street last week.

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Immigration officers charged with bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery

TWO Immigration officers were granted bail on Friday after they were allegedly caught in a bribery scheme to extend foreign nationals passports and visas in The Bahamas.

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Students have the recipe for success

Students displayed their culinary skills during the Bahamas Young Chef Culinary Competition.

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BREEF educating the educators

Bahamas Reef Environmental Educational Foundation (BREEF) held its annual Eco-Schools Bahamas (ESB) Coordinators Workshop for educators from around the country.

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Honoured at breakfast

Youth Month festivities continue with appreciation breakfast for Grand Bahama youth leaders.

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Chevening information session online

The British High Commission and the Bahamas Chevening Alumni Association are hosting an online informational session for students interested in applying for the 2024/2025 school year.

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10272023 EDITION

Friday, 27th October, 2023.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: All is fair in love and hamburgers

WHILE the world is at war and innocent women and children are held hostage amidst growing fears of all-out global conflict, the lowly burger has become a hot potato in The Bahamas.

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ONE ELEUTHERA FOUNDATION: Regenerative agriculture - it’s a win-win situation

IN our day and age, we look around the world and see so many environmental problems, many of which seem unsolvable. It is rare to find a solution as simple and as impactful as the practice of Regenerative Agriculture.

EDITORIAL: Dead deserve dignity and respect

A LETTER arrived in The Tribune’s inbox this week.

Authorities discover immigration officers selling foreigners extensions to their visit

ACTING press secretary Keishla Adderley said authorities uncovered a scheme where immigration officers were paid to extend foreigners’ time in the country.

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PM: Immigration’s exercise of discretion will be reviewed

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said the time has come to review how the Department of Immigration exercises discretion.

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‘We need you to line up behind the one’, said PM urging West Grand Bahama to support Smith

PRIME Minister Philip ‘Brave’ Davis urged West Grand Bahama and Bimini supporters to support Kingsley Smith, the Progressive Liberal Party member hoping to succeed Obie Wilchcombe in the constituency.

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Thousands expected to attend Tarrus Riley concert at Nassau Cruise Port

THE Tarrus Riley concert is fast approaching, and a local DJ wants Bahamians to get their tickets now so they won’t miss out on a spectacular show.

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Joining Inter-Parliamentary Union will strengthen efforts to include young leaders, says senator

SENATOR Barry Griffin said joining the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will strengthen The Bahamas’ efforts to include more young people in leadership positions.

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Bahamian developer in deal at Goodman’s Bay

A well-known Bahamian developer behind projects such as Balmoral, ONE Cable Beach and Aqualina is eyeing the imminent acquisition of a prominent Goodman’s Bay property.

Attorney loses appeal on ‘forged’ bank drafts

A Bahamian attorney yesterday failed to overturn the rejection of his “gross negligence” claim against Scotiabank (Bahamas) after two “fraudulent” bank drafts left his account overdrawn by $165,000.

Contracted home sales ‘biggest market change’

A Bahamian realtor says “one of the biggest and most consistent market changes” in the 2023 third quarter was an increase in contracted sales for both homes and land in the five major islands.

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‘We’ll go to highest court’ to block Wendy’s from PI

Major developers and resorts last night told Tribune Business they are willing to take their campaign to block Wendy’s Paradise Island restaurant “to the highest level of the judicial system”.

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Sam Bankman-Fried to testify Bahamas looked after FTX clients ‘best interests’

Sam Bankman-Fried is set to tell a New York judge that Bahamian regulators, and not US bankruptcy attorneys, “were acting in the best interests of customers” immediately after FTX imploded.

Funeral director speaks of ‘chaotic state of death-care’

A FUNERAL director is lamenting the “chaotic state of death care in The Bahamas”.

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Pintard calls for details of govt deal with Miller

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard wants the Davis administration to disclose the terms under which Leslie Miller’s Summerwinds Plaza will be leased to house the Road Traffic Department.

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GIBSON AND LYNES TAKE ON MITCHELL: Both apply for PLP chair ahead of convention

FORMER Cabinet minister Shane Gibson and attorney Robyn Lynes have applied to be chair of the Progressive Liberal Party, setting up a race with the incumbent office holder, Fred Mitchell, at the party’s convention on November 9 and 10.

PLP’s move on Gibson about optics

The recent decision of Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) leader, Brave Davis, to overlook Shane Gibson as the party’s standard bearer is not just a matter of political strategy; it’s an emblematic statement about where the party stands and the direction it hopes to take. For the astute political observer, this move demands both rigorous analysis and critique.

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Man receives one year in jail for molesting six-year-old

A 22-year-old man was sentenced to one year in prison yesterday after he was found guilty of molesting a six-year-old girl two years ago.

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Teen boy sentenced to 20 months after admitting to possession of a loaded pistol

AN 18-year-old was sentenced to 20 months in prison yesterday after admitting to having a loaded gun in the ceiling of his house last weekend.

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Man accused of $25k bank fraud and money laundering granted $8,000 bail

A 20-year-old man was granted $8,000 bail after being accused of defrauding a bank of over $25,000 this year.

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Tennis players shine at Pan Am Games

GOOD EFFORT: Team Bahamas competed well at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. Sydney Clarke, Justin Roberts and Kevin Major Jr all competed in the singles competition. In the first round, Sydney Clarke - the only female from the Bahamas - faced American Jamie Loeb.

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NPWBA elects new officers

NEWLY-elected president Anastacia Sands-Moultrie, along with a new team of executives, will lead the way for the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association for the next four years.

Sports Notes

THE New Providence Volleyball Association will continue its regular season action tonight with another double header at the DW Davis Gymnasium, followed by a pair of games on Sunday at the same venue.

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UB Mingoes turn in the largest win ever in international play

LAUDERHILL, Florida — The University of The Bahamas men’s soccer team scored early and often against Fort Lauderdale University in The Mingoes’ largest win in international play.

National Sports Awards: Who will claim Tourism Impact honours?

THE National Sports Awards are on the horizon and with 26 awards to be presented, more nominees have been revealed.

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Elite Girls Basketball League back in action on Saturday

IN an effort to provide more opportunities for the high school players to improve their level of play before they head into international competition, Ryan Turnquest and a group of coaches have formed the Elite Girls Basketball League.

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Bahamas Bowl is on the move to Charlotte

The ninth edition of the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl will be hosted in Charlotte at the Jerry Richardson Stadium to commence the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division one Football Bowl Subdivision season.

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Two men bound over to keep the peace after admitting to possessing marijuana

TWO MEN were bound over to keep the peace after admitting to two separate drug offences yesterday.

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IAN FERGUSON: Large firms must join Gov't to back MSMEs

It is no secret that micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) play a major role in stimulating economic development in The Bahamas. Both governments and large private enterprises should begin to ask themselves what they can do to encourage the growth of MSMEs, thus enabling them to contribute more significantly to the national economy.

Investment Policy revamp planned

The Government is aiming to revamp the National Investment Policy (NIP) and is holding consultations with industry in a bid to eliminate approval process red-tape, a senior official said yesterday.

Illegality of abortion is dangerous

Some 85 years ago, a doctor in England examined a 14-year-old girl and determined that she was sufficiently developed physically to carry her pregnancy to term.

Thursday, October 26

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$131,000 worth of suspected marijuana seized

Authorities from the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Bahamas Customs Department, and the Bahamas Department of Immigration confiscated suspected marijuana worth an estimated $131,000 on Thursday.

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10262023 EDITION

Thursday, 26th October, 2023.

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STATESIDE: While GOP indecisive on Speaker, would a coalition option even be considered?

EVERY morning for the past three weeks has brought with it news reports of a different potential solution to a paralysing problem that has rendered inoperative the American legislature.

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FRONT PORCH: Bahamas govt needs to take climate change more seriously

JUST this week, a new international study was released finding that in the coming decades increased melting of the ice shelves of Western Antarctica is “unavoidable”. It is yet another warning to the global commons and world leaders. Sea-level rise may be even greater than previously thought.

House of Assembly chaplain warns to not ‘sell dreams for votes’ during by-election

THE House of Assembly chaplain warned parliamentarians yesterday not to “sell dreams just for votes” as the by-election in West Grand Bahama and Bimini nears.

EDITORIAL: What will you do to ensure no child is left behind?

THERE is a sad story on the front page of The Tribune tonight – one that goes beyond the to and fro of politics.

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UN group to inspect detention facilities at end of November

IMMIGRATION Minister Alfred Sears said a United Nations group will visit The Bahamas to inspect migrant detention facilities.

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Small home repairs programme has helped 50 of 200 people so far

DISASTER Reconstruction Authority executive chairman Alex Storr said the Small Homes Repairs Programme has to date repaired about 50 of a targeted 200 homes.

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WSC consultant Butler-Turner says freak accident will be ‘comprehensively reviewed’

WATER & Sewerage Corporation consultant Loretta Butler-Turner said a freak accident that caused the death of a WSC employee last month would be comprehensively reviewed and the corporation has cooperated with the victim’s family.

Staniel Cay residents fed up waiting for school to reopen

STANIEL Cay residents are fed up with how long the government is taking to reopen the Staniel Cay Comprehensive School, saying students have been learning in a church for over three years.

Realtors cite shortage but listings rise ‘up to 1,492%’

Major realtors yesterday contradicted data showing new home listings rose “up to 1,492 percent” in the 2023 third quarter by arguing that inventory shortages mean The Bahamas remains “a seller’s market”.

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Objection to Bahamas KC testifying for Sam Bankman-Fried

US prosecutors yesterday raised objections to a Bahamian KC testifying in defence of embattled FTX founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, over his meetings with local regulators as the crypto exchange imploded.

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Chamber seeks ILO liveable wage advice

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) was yesterday said to have sought the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) help to define what a livable wage is.

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Sears: Commission will review checks and balances at immigration dept

IMMIGRATION Minister Alfred Sears said a commission Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis established to review how immigration decisions are made comprises former Education Director Marcellus Taylor, former Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Clifford Scavella and Alexandria Hall.

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Wendy’s blasts Atlantis as it wins PI approvals

Wendy’s yesterday blasted Atlantis for masterminding a “meritless, aggressive and self-serving campaign” that failed to prevent the fast-food brand gaining planning approval for its Paradise Island restaurant.

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PLP to discuss marital rape, legalising marijuana for recreational use, transitioning to a republic at convention

THE Progressive Liberal Party will discuss marital rape, legalising marijuana for recreational use and transitioning to a republic during the party’s 55th national convention on November 9 and 10, according to Senator Quinton Lightbourne, the event’s co-chair.

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School monitors find boy, aged 12, living in car alone

SCHOOL attendance monitors tasked with getting drop-outs back in school recently found a 12-year-old boy living alone in a car.

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LESLIE MILLER GETS CONTRACT FOR ROAD TRAFFIC – Ex-MP: I wish we could get big boys’ rates

LESLIE Miller said the government will move the Road Traffic Department into his Summerwinds Plaza for a rate that is “much better than anywhere else”, adding there is “nothing amiss” and “no favours” involved.

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Man pleads guilty to drug possession fined $1,000

A MAN was fined $1,000 after admitting to having 2oz of marijuana earlier this week.

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Keith Roye II: Digital transformation in reach of SMEs too

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, “digital transformation” is not just a buzzword but a necessity for staying competitive. While large corporations often have deep pockets to fund complex digital initiatives, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can also thrive in this digital age by crafting strategies that are tailored to their unique needs and capabilities.

Aviation week ‘a chance for 4,000 staff to collaborate’

THE launch of Aviation Week yesterday will give members of the Bahamian aviation industry the chance to collaborate and share knowledge, said Director of Aviation and Deputy Director General of Tourism Dr Kenneth Romer yesterday.

Pintard: Govt broke promises – and repeatedly breaking law

Opposition leader Michael Pintard accused the Davis administration of not keeping many of the “promises” made to the Bahamian people – and of engaging in practices that “broke the law”.

Aviation authority is ‘audit ready’ - but some deficiencies expected

DESPITE “some deficiencies”, Director of Aviation and Deputy Director General of Tourism Dr Kenneth Romer said he is confident the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is “audit ready”.

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Man accused of attacking police with car gets $2k bail

A MAN was granted $2,000 bail after allegedly attacking a police officer with his car last month.

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Man and woman accused of stealing $3,000 granted bail

A MAN and woman were granted bail after allegedly stealing over $3,000 from a business earlier this year.

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Man and woman accused of stealing $3,000 granted bail

A MAN and woman were granted bail after allegedly stealing over $3,000 from a business earlier this year.

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Man charged for sex abuse of mentally ill woman

A 24-year-old man was sent to prison yesterday after allegedly sexually abusing a mentally ill woman twice this summer.

There is no revolt in the PLP

The Candidates’ Nomination Committee for the ruling Progressive Liberal Party and the Free National Movement have not selected their respective candidates for the West End and Bimini constituency. The contested bye-election will be held during the month of November. I have no doubt that the iconic PLP will recapture that constituency hands down. This one will be for Obie.

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Minister optimistic about future of flag football in The Bahamas

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Mario Bowleg is optimistic about the potential opportunities that exist for Bahamians in flag football after the sport was added to the 2028 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

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For team Bahamas, swimming concludes and tennis continues

THE swimming contingent wrapped up competition in the pool while the tennis players got back on the courts yesterday in Santiago, Chile.

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Battle 4 Atlantis all set for the Imperial Arena

College basketball tourney next month

The Bad Boys Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis is set to return to the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. The tournament will begin November 18-20 with women’s college basketball teams for the third year. The men’s tournament will follow the ladies from November 22-24 at the same venue.

Wednesday, October 25

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Wednesday, 25th October, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: The country’s real power problem

LAST week, I attended a conference that was primarily organised for people in a particular category. Those people hold power because they control resources that others need to do their work or meet their goals and are often put in competition with one another to gain access.

EDITORIAL: As FTX saga unfolds, we need to hear the full story

THE story of FTX is still in the telling. The spectacular implosion of the crypto company put the spotlight of the world on The Bahamas – sometimes very unflatteringly.

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‘Remediation work has begun’ at a BPL diesel spill in Nicholls Town, Andros

BAHAMAS Power and Light executives said they are addressing a diesel spill that happened at a Nicholls Town, North Andros power station nearly two years ago and has yet to be remediated.

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Bahamas Power and Light signs industrial agreement with the Bahamas Electrical Utility Managerial Union

BAHAMAS Power and Light signed an industrial agreement with the Bahamas Electrical Utility Managerial Union yesterday that addresses pension and other issues.

Baha-Retreat Spa celebrating Spa Week 2023

Wednesday, 25th October, 2023.

Govt spending over $1m to modernise and revamp website

MORE than $1m will be spent to revamp and modernise the government website, according to Wayde Watson, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

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The FNM ‘is fine just the way we are right now’, says leader on party convention

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard would not say when his party will host its next convention, but speculated about what will happen at the Progressive Liberal Party’s upcoming event.

Royal Caribbean’s PI club in DEPP construction go-ahead

Royal Caribbean’s Paradise Island beach club was yesterday revealed to have passed another regulatory hurdle by obtaining a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) for the construction phase.

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Gas leak victim’s damages cut 77%

The Court of Appeal has slashed by 77 percent the damages awarded to a Bahamian homeowner after fuel leaks from a nearby Rubis gas station contaminated and polluted her property.

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FTX Bahamas: ‘Major progress’ in Ray talks

The Supreme Court will now hear the petition to put FTX’s Bahamian subsidiary into full liquidation on November 6, it has been disclosed, amid “substantial progress” in resolving the dispute with its US arm.

Sky dive excursion to ‘put Bahamas on map’

A new sky diving excursion yesterday said it plans to “put The Bahamas on the map” by establishing drop zones on every island by the end of 2024.

DPM backs Atlantis seaplane project from correct location

The deputy prime minister yesterday said if Atlantis finds a site that both the Port Department and Civil Aviation Authority approve he will back their sea plane project.

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Female Atlantis worker stabbed at work by fellow employee

A FEMALE Atlantis worker was stabbed as she worked yesterday by a fellow employee. The attack took place as the restaurant was open and serving guests.

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Minnis accuses Gov’t of ‘causing’ EU blacklisting

Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday accused the Government of “causing” The Bahamas’ tax blacklisting by “shelving” a solution that had been “accepted” by the European Union (EU).

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Minnis contradicts Wynn on Goodman’s Bay easement

A former prime minister yesterday contradicted the developer of Goodman’s Bay’s proposed 14-storey penthouse complex over the existence and termination of beach easement access.

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North Andros ‘to get power relief’ from BPL

BAHAMAS Power and Light will try to relieve power woes in North Andros with rental generators while working to create a new power station on the island.

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Nygard to take stand in his defence in sex assault trial

FORMER fashion mogul and Lyford Cay resident Peter Nygard is expected to testify in his own defence as his sex crime trial continues in Toronto, Canada.

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PINTARD WANTS PROBE ON FTX: Call for committee over govt links to collapsed company

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard said the Official Opposition will call for a select committee on FTX in the House of Assembly.

Pintard raises cost overrun concerns over GB complex

The Opposition’s leader yesterday challenged the “complicated arrangement” that has resulted in the Government engaging two contractors for the Eight Mile Rock administration complex.

Grant’s remarks concerning

Bishop Ricardo Grant’s recent comments at the FNM’s candidate launch raise some troubling concerns. It is disheartening that a candidate seeking a parliamentary seat should make condescending remarks to voters, suggesting that he owes them nothing and implying that they can easily be bought. Such a stance not only demeans the very people he aims to represent but also undermines the sanctity of the democratic process.

Tribute to a good mother

My Mother and Father migrated to Canada in 1956, refugees escaping the Soviet’s punishments allotted to those who oppose Soviet tyranny wherever it may be, Russia, Eastern Europe and in their case Hungary.

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Three men and three women plead not guilty to gun charge

THREE men and three women were granted bail yesterday after allegedly being found with a loaded gun in their car on Wulff Road last weekend.

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Best-of-the-Best Regatta returns to Montagu Bay November 30

THE sixth edition of the Best-of-the-Best Regatta returns to Montagu Bay from November 30 to December 3.

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Nominees roll in for the National Sports Awards

THE National Sports Awards is less than two weeks away and the names of the top nominees have started to roll in.

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Lamar Taylor wins bronze in 50 free

20-year-old swimmer breaks his own national record in the process

National record holder Lamar Taylor brought home the first medal for The Bahamas yesterday at the 19th Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

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Man gets over two years jail for attempted robbery

A MAN was sentenced to 28 months in prison after admitting to breaking into a woman’s home and attempting to steal a safe last week.

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Mother charged with abusing her baby gets $8,000 bail

A MOTHER, accused of abusing her nine-month-old son during the summer, was given $5,000 bail.

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Man accused of murder over fatal shooting on Gibbs Corner in 2021

A MAN was accused of murder yesterday over a fatal shooting on Gibbs Corner in 2021.

Opposition chief targets public contract awards

The Opposition’s leader yesterday accused the Davis administration of failing to disclose “hundreds of millions of dollars” in awarded contracts as required by the Public Procurement Act.

Grand Bahama Junkanoo Corporation receives $90,000 donation from Carnival

CARNIVAL presented $90,000 to the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Corporation for the promotion of Junkanoo on the island.

Tuesday, October 24

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10242023 EDITION

Tuesday, 24th October, 2023.

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PETER YOUNG: Israel and Hamas conflict worsening

THE horror of the killings carried out inside Israel by Hamas and the intensity of what is now happening in the Israeli-Gaza war have been so great that they have dominated the world’s news.

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FACE TO FACE – Raymond ‘RH’ Culmer: Mentor and trailblazer

WHEN faced with the valleys in life, Raymond “RH” Culmer has trod through with dignity and the kind of perseverance that has pushed him to the mountaintop. He has never been afraid of the lowlands that every human being will face on life’s journey, because he grew up in the Valley. This area in Nassau, Bahamas is well known for being the stomping ground of great Bahamian trailblazers.

EDITORIAL: Climate consequences as warnings not heeded

We have failed. Despite all the warnings, despite all the advice, despite all the pleas for action, the battle to avoid massive amounts of melting of ice due to global warning has failed.

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PM reaffirms commitment to sending troops to Haiti

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said the country is “gravely concerned” about the worsening crisis in Haiti while reaffirming his administration’s commitment to sending 150 officers to Haiti to help stabilise that country.

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Road Traffic to be relocated later this year

THE government will start relocating the Road Traffic Department later this year, according to Transport Minister Jobeth Coleby-Davis.

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Wendy’s blasts ‘baseless campaign’ over PI project

Wendy’s principal yesterday blasted an “orchestrated and baseless campaign” against its Paradise Island restaurant project that it says is primarily designed to “block free and fair competition”.

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Gaming Board to be ‘fair and clear’ on Chances grievance

The Gaming Board’s chairman yesterday pledged that the regulator will be “fair and clear” in addressing a web shop operator’s concerns that its funds are being improperly used.

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DPM demands improved Caribbean air connectivity

The deputy prime minister yesterday said air transportation and connectivity throughout the Caribbean must improve to advance tourism and regional trade relationships.

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Ex-ArawakX finance chief’s ‘browbeat’ claim ‘laughable’

ArawakX’s president has branded as “just laughable” claims by its former chief financial officer that he was “browbeaten” into using a loan from its major investor to pay sums due to the Red Lobster franchise.

Ministry working with police to tackle fraudulent licence discs

TRANSPORT and Energy Minister JoBeth Coleby-Davis said her ministry is “building a strong team of collaboration” with the police department to tackle fraudulent licence discs.

Man awarded $8k judgement for unfair dismissal from Compass Point

THE defunct Compass Point Restaurant and Bar has been ordered to pay a man $8,000 for unfairly dismissing him for theft in 2019.

KFC makes ‘no more industrial action’ call

Kentucky Fried Chicken’s (KFC) operator yesterday urged the hotel union not to take “further industrial action” as staff initiated a “go slow and work to rule” protest over contract talks.

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‘Ask Immigration Minister for citizenship help’

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said until legislators amend the Bahamas Nationality Act, people affected by discriminatory citizenship laws should apply to the minister of immigration for relief.

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Man accused of indecent assault and having porn videos of girl

A 50-year-old man was sent to prison yesterday after he allegedly attempted to solicit a 14-year-old girl for sex and had nude videos of her on his phone.

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Mitchell says convention first - then it will be time to vote

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell said the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election will happen after the PLP’s convention next month.

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‘PLP WILL UNITE FOR BY-ELECTION’: Bimini chair confident supporters will come together to back Smith

THE chair of the Progressive Liberal Party’s Bimini constituency association is confident party members will unite ahead of the by-election despite the council meeting the PLP had in New Providence on Friday.

New day, but same old politics

If the UBP got together back in the ol’ days on Saturday mornings to have boil fish, stew fish, johnny cake and grits, with bush tea, and dem udder fellas do da same tings deez days, that doesn’t mean that dey is UBP. Or, does it? If that is not a good analogy of our political system and governance for several generations, then someone should help me to see the difference between the old days and the new days.

American restaurants on PI is a no

As a vendor at Potter’s Cay, I would like to voice my strong opposition to the placement of American-style fast-food restaurants on Paradise Island. There is no doubt that it would cause serious harm to our already suffering business.

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Two men charged for two separate murders

TWO men were remanded in custody yesterday after they were accused of being involved in two recent fatal shootings in New Providence.

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Florida woman accused of theft of diamond ring on cruise ship

AN American woman allegedly stole a 14-carat diamond ring on a cruise ship last week.

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Cynthia Rahming retires

CYNTHIA Rahming, former judo national champion, had a choice between ballet and judo in 2007. She chose the latter and now 14 years removed from her career debut in 2009, the former judoka has officially retired.

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Bahamas wins its first exhibition game against NFL Flag Miami Dolphins

THE Bahamas won its first exhibition game 21-20 against the National Football League (NFL) Flag Miami Dolphins adult tournament team at the Roscow A L Davies soccer field on Saturday.

William ‘Knucklehead’ Johnson Cross Country Invitational was a success

THE sixth edition of the William “Knucklehead” Johnson Cross Country Invitational saw athletes come out in droves to compete at the Bahamas Golf Federations’s (BGF) Baillou Hills Sporting Complex Golf Course on Saturday morning.

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Tennis players get in swing at the Pan Am Games

THE 19th Pan American Games continued yesterday in Santiago, Chile, which saw more Bahamians begin competition in tennis and swimming.

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2024 World Relays ‘a grand showing’

The 200-day countdown for the 2024 World Athletics Relays, formerly known as the IAAF World Relays, began last week and now preparations have begun to field the strongest relay teams at next year’s event on May 4-5.

Monday, October 23

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10232023 EDITION

Monday, 23rd October, 2023.

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THE KDK REPORT: A golden tutorial

MANY years ago, while I was still a resident on my orthopedic rotation in New York, I was paged to the surgical floor for a code blue emergency. One of our in-house patients was in severe respiratory distress. She was an elderly lady in her late 80s, perhaps early 90s and she was surrounded by her adult children when she suddenly felt weak, began slurring her speech and then stopped responding to their questions altogether. As her children panicked, rubbing her leg and chest and calling out her name, one of her sons yelled for someone to help. The cardiac monitors were beeping loudly and a nurse came running in as the crash team quickly assembled.

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INSIGHT: By-election’s preliminary biggest winners and losers

THE by-election to elect Obie Wilchcombe’s successor has not even begun yet – but already we have some winners and losers.

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Darville: 50 nurses from Ghana and Cuba to bring relief next week

HEALTH Minister Michael Darville said more than 50 healthcare professionals from Ghana and Cuba will arrive next week to address long-standing nurse and other shortages in the country.

EDITORIAL: What’s next for Shane Gibson?

THE candidate selection process for the upcoming by-election in West Grand Bahama and Bimini has thrown up signs of division within the PLP.

‘By no stretch’ is web shop’s Gaming Board battle ended

A Bahamian gaming house says “by no stretch of the imagination is this over” as it pledged to pursue further action over how the industry regulator is using its funds.

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Hotel union chief warns: ‘The gloves are off now’

The hotel union’s president is warning Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) that it could face worker unrest if no industrial deal is concluded “within three weeks”, as he warned: “The gloves are off now.”

Lyford Cay condo faces fresh regulatory hurdles

The developer behind a controversial Lyford Cay condominium complex yesterday pledged to “move forward” with the project despite several more regulatory hurdles being imposed.

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Up to 600 get Cuba hope to have eyesight restored

FREE life-changing eye surgery will be provided to hundreds of mostly elderly Bahamians yearning to see again, with the Ministry of Health and Wellness launching the programme on Friday by sending 50 to Cuba for the procedure.

Goodman’s Bay hostilities erupt on 14-storey project

Hostilities erupted between Goodman’s Bay neighbours over allegations voiced at a public hearing regarding the motives for opposing the Wynn Group’s 14-storey penthouse project.

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Man shot to death was monitored, say police

A 21-year-old man was shot to death on Saturday after being chased around his home in the Coconut Grove area.

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Grant urges rally-goers to ‘take a stand’ against govt

IN his first rally speech in West Grand Bahama since the FNM ratified him as its candidate for the by-election, Bishop Ricardo Grant urged supporters “to take a stand” against the Davis administration, saying the time for change has come.

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Former Minister of Health Dr Perry Gomez dies age 76

FORMER Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez, whose work was critical in the fight against HIV/AIDS, died on Saturday at 76.

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DIVISIONS IN PLP AS CANDIDATE SELECTED: Move for Gibson to run as chairman after snub by party

CHIEF Passport Officer Kingsley Smith was ratified as the Progressive Liberal Party’s nominee for the upcoming West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election during a rancorous council meeting on Friday that exposed divisions in the governing party.

Developer to invest up to $75m in eco-resort

A developer is planning to invest up to $75m in developing a sustainable eco-resort in the Exuma Cays that will create some 60 jobs during a two-three year construction phase.

Water Corp chief clarifies billings for Treasure Cay

THE Water and Sewerage’s (WSC) general manager says Treasure Cay customers are only being billed for the period after Dorian reconstruction began as he acknowledged their "frustration".

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Snob effect


Whether it is fine whisky or trendy Warhol painting, many things are becoming more expensive, even for the ultra-wealthy. This leads to a bull market in luxury properties because many rich people are eager to demonstrate to their community how bulging their wallets are.

No answer from Parks and Beaches

Following on from my letter last week about the hideous signs and more hideous shanty shacks, my invitation to the Parks & Beaches Chairman McKell Bonaby, to offer a date when he could meet with the residents in the east has gone unrequited.

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Bahamas Youth Flag Football League season opens to a great start

THE Bahamas Youth Flag Football League (BYFFL) season got underway this past weekend on the fields opposite the original Thomas A Robinson national stadium.

Graycliff expanding private dining options

A prominent Nassau resort is expanding its wine cellar to add more private dining options.

Bahamas Bowl in search of new location this year

THE HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl was scheduled to get underway on Saturday, December 16 at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium to commence the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision season. However, plans were changed due to repairs expected to begin shortly at the venue.

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Swimmers making a splash, tennis begins

The Pan American Games have begun in Santiago, Chile, and the swimming sporting discipline also got underway.

No easy task to reform pensions, warns expert

THE scale of pension reform has been described as “no small feat” by Dr Stephen Brien, chairman of the UK Social Security Advisory Committee, who said policy decisions will affect current and future pensioners.

Balmoral residents threaten exit if $25m hotel go-ahead

Several residents are threatening to sell their properties if the Balmoral Club’s proposed $25m condo hotel expansion receives the go-ahead from the planning authorities.

40-job Junkanoo Museum at 'root' of Wendy's protest

The Roots Junkanoo group has joined those opposing the Wendy's/Marco's Pizza restaurants proposed for Paradise Island because of the competition it presents to an investment billed as creating 40 jobs.

HEART OF A CHAMPION: Boxer Carl Hield earns 2nd round TKO win in pro debut

CARL Hield, one of the most decorated amateur boxers in The Bahamas, had a successful pro debut in Cartagena, Colombia, at the International Knockout Night event over the weekend.

Friday, October 20

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10202023 WEEKEND

Friday, 20th October, 2023.

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Activist hits out at government over abortion issue

ACTIVIST Alicia Wallace has renewed calls for the government to decriminalise abortion, urging the Davis administration to stop playing “cowardly” games.

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Man ordered to attend drug counselling

A MECHANIC was ordered to attend drug counselling Friday after police found him with $400 worth of marijuana this week.

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Prison officers accused of smuggling drugs, contraband into BDOCS

TWO WOMEN prison officers accused of smuggling drugs and other contraband into the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) were granted $4,000 bail Friday.

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Two Bahamians, Florida man in court on guns and ammunition charges

TWO Bahamians and a Florida man were charged in Freeport Magistrate’s Court with possession of illegal firearms and ammunition in connection with a police raid early this week.

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Three face gun charges

TWO men and a woman were charged with possession of an illegal firearm in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court this week.

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PLP National General Council accepts recommendation of Kingsley Smith for West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election

The National General Council of the Progressive Liberal Party has accepted the candidates committee recommendation of Kingsley Smith for the upcoming West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election after a raucous meeting.

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10202023 EDITION

Friday, 20th October, 2023.

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THE BTVI STORY: A journey from Andros

In 2017, Androsians were abuzz with news that the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) was about to begin offering courses on their island. Among those eventually signing up was Alysso Oliver, who today is a proud graduate.

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Sea strong spruces up Goodman’s Bay

Sea Strong Bahamas held its first beach clean up of the school year last weekend at Goodman’s Bay.

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Exuma pair top logo contest

Exuma students take home top two prizes in the Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) Creative Minds Logo Competition.

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Young candidates ready for election

The Local Government Junior Council programme held nominations around the country last week, with elections set for this Thursday, October 19.

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Clubs & Societies October 20th, 2023

The Bahamas Down Syn- drome Association is to hold a buddy walk-fest on Saturday, October 21, from 8am to noon.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: ‘Build your hotel somewhere else!’

BALMORAL is a quiet neighbourhood on Sanford Drive in Nassau. Situated a block south of the Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre that houses the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance, and just east of Liberty Overlook, the residence of the American Ambassador when there is one, Balmoral is a highly desirable residential community.

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ERIC WIBERG: Stranded US aviators rescued by Bahamian fishermen and a dream

INAGUA has many aviation mysteries to parse; the East coast of this 650-square-mile-island has no roads or airstrip and is very rarely visited. Three American aviators who were without food for 17 days were rescued by fishermen in Little and taken to Great Inagua. Then there was a tragic engine fire and crash from which a US Mail pouch washed up, but not a plane or bodies. Then a mystery plane with parachute and body was found by park warden Henry Nixon. Remains of the plane still there, and were found over a decade ago by a Bahamian sleuth in a seaplane.

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‘We have hope he is alive’, says sister of man missing at sea

A FATHER’s disappearance at sea is compounding grief for a family that buried his older brother two weeks ago.

EDITORIAL: Hope may be on the way for Grand Bahama

TWO stories in today’s Tribune represent contrasting aspects of life in Grand Bahama at present.

Govt would amend abortion laws - if there’s public outcry

PRESS secretary Keishla Adderley said the government would consider amending abortion laws if there is sufficient outcry from the public.

AG Office reviewing director’s appointment to Immigration Dept

PRESS secretary Keishla Adderley said the Office of the Attorney General is reviewing a 2021 Supreme Court ruling to determine whether it prohibits William Pratt’s recent appointment as director of the Department of Immigration.

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Bahamas kickstarts FTX assets sell-off

An auto dealer yesterday disclosed he expects to sell 60 percent of the former FTX vehicle fleet assigned to him within 30 days, but warned: “This is not a fire sale.”

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Exuma’s tourism up 21% as utilities ‘behind 8-ball’

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday asserted that Exuma is “going places” with tourism 21 percent ahead of pre-COVID levels, but admitted this growth caught the public utilities “behind the 8-ball”.

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Bahamasair targets 20% capacity growth

Bahamasair is aiming to increase its fleet’s seat capacity by 20 percent come summer 2024 through adding two new jets, with its top executive describing the carrier as a “safeguard” for airlift and tourism.

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Doctors to slash nation’s 213-bed shortage by 32%

Doctors Hospital yesterday pledged it will slash The Bahamas’ 213-strong hospital bed shortage by almost one-third come 2025 through the opening of two new facilities.

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Top swimmers look to make a splash at Pan American Games on Saturday

ZAYLIE Elizabeth-Thompson is expected to lead a contingent of female swimmers representing The Bahamas at the 19th Pan American Games - the largest multi-sport event in the Americas - in Santiago, Chile. A nine-member team, coached by Sara Knowles, will compete in the swimming segment of the event which is scheduled to begin on Saturday.

Developer: ‘Rumours of my death greatly exaggerated’

An Exuma developer yesterday said “rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated” as he outlined progress with his “semi-private club and marina” project.

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Man dies after getting trapped under mack truck

A MAN is dead after getting trapped beneath a truck in a grisly traffic accident in New Providence yesterday.

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Halkitis: Govt to start disclosing information on contracts within 60 days

ECONOMIC Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis said government will start disclosing information about contracts within 60 days after they are awarded.

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Lyford Cay International School principal Mindorff dies suddenly

DAVID Mindorff, the principal of the Lyford Cay International School, died suddenly yesterday morning, the school announced.

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Ministry of Works aiming for ‘far fewer’ pothole complaints by 2025

MINISTRY of Works officials said there will be far fewer pothole complaints in New Providence after workers complete a road paving programme in 2025.

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Shane Gibson asks for secret ballot from PLP Council

SHANE Gibson wants the Progressive Liberal Party’s National General Council to vote by secret ballot tonight to approve its candidate for the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election.

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FNM ratifies Bishop Ricardo Grant for by-election

THE Free National Movement ratified Bishop Ricardo Grant last night for the upcoming West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election to replace Obie Wilchcombe, who died unexpectedly last month.

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$500M PROJECT TO BRING 700 JOBS: Carnival Cruise Line move hailed as ‘turning point’ by top executive

CARNIVAL Cruise Line’s investment in Celebration Key, a new port destination that will welcome guests in 2025, has increased to $500m, more than double the initial $200m investment.

Sports Notes

BYFFL games begin Saturday at the original Thomas A Robinson national stadium.

BPL base tariff review moves forward to bid

Consultants are being sought to conduct an “independent” study on whether Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) base tariff should be increased, it was revealed yesterday.

Water Corp’s monthly bills to aid consumers

The Water and Sewerage Corporation’s (WSC) top executive yesterday said customers will enjoy “quite a few benefits” such as earlier leak detection through the utility’s switch to monthly billing.

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Jamaica earns fourth straight CGA Four-Ball Golf Championship

JAMAICA hoisted the Ambrose Gouthro Cup trophy for the fourth consecutive time at the Caribbean Golf Association’s (CGA) Four-Ball Championship yesterday at the Royal Blue Golf Club, Baha Mar.

Mitchell is PLP’s weakest link

It has been said that in the realm of politics, a party is only as strong as its weakest link. And in the case of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), that link, to the astonishment of many, seems to be its very own national chairman, Fred Mitchell. The deeper one dives into Mr Mitchell’s tenure, the clearer it becomes that his leadership, or rather the glaring lack of it, in my opinion, represents an impending crisis for the PLP.

Connect For Cancer Fun Run Walk & Mini Health Expo on Saturday

THIS year, the South Beach constituency is pleased to partner with our title sponsor Cancer Center Treatment of America’s City of Hope to host the second annual Connect for Cancer Fun Run Walk & Mini Health Expo on Saturday, October 21.

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BLTA: Bahamas selected to host regional training camp for the top junior tennis athletes in Caribbean, Central America

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) is pleased to announce that The Bahamas has been selected to host a regional training camp for top junior tennis athletes in the Caribbean and Central America.

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The Thin Line Between Excellence and Overtraining

YOUTH athletes are a unique breed, brimming with ambition, energy and the desire to achieve excellence in their chosen sports.

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20-member Team Bahamas named for Pan Am Games

TWENTY participants will represent The Bahamas at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile following the selection made by the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC).

Minister hopeful UN takes control of global tax policy

A Cabinet minister yesterday voiced optimism there is “momentum building” for a push to snatch control of international tax policy away from the European Union (EU) and OECD.

Halkitis: We’re following law on publishing of contracts

Michael Halkitis, Minister of Economic Affairs, said yesterday the government is still complying with the Public Procurement Act and information is still being updated on the system.

Bahamas ‘prioritises’ debt servicing over its people

The Bahamas has reached a point where the Government is prioritising interest payments on its $11.645bn national over services to its people, an investment analyst argued yesterday.

Thursday, October 19

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Thursday, 19th October, 2023.

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STATESIDE: Hard to be hopeful with state and future of the Middle East

We will be reading and watching for days and weeks to come about the awful human misery unfolding in Gaza, one of the most politically sensitive enclaves anywhere on earth. The Tribune featured an in-depth look at the history of the region earlier this week. Here’s another brief take on the current tragedy.

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FRONT PORCH: Disconnected youth presents a critical test for our country

THE American writer and philosopher William Durant (1885-1981), wrote extensively on history and civilisations, comparing different epochs and countries.

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BTVI saw small rise in enrolment in Spring 2023 over the previous Fall registration

ABOUT 2,500 students enrolled at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Training Institute (BTVI) during the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.

EDITORIAL: The children who are left behind

EARLIER this month, The Tribune reported on how a 12-year-old boy was left with his two siblings to care for themselves after his mother was detained by immigration.

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Parliamentary Registrar looking to modernise the voters card registrations system

THE Parliamentary Registration Department plans to streamline the registration process to get a voter’s card - as well as modernising the card itself.

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Halkitis: State-owned-enterprises will eventually be added to government procurement system

ECONOMIC Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis said state-owned enterprises (SOEs) will eventually be incorporated into the central government’s procurement system so that awarded contracts are disclosed to the public.

Disciplinary charges brought against 55 prison officers and 1,036 inmates in 2021

DISCIPLINARY charges were brought against 55 prison officers in 2021, according to a 2021 Bahamas Department of Corrections report tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Report shows cost per inmate at Bahamas Department of Corrections in 2021 is over $17k annually

THE annual cost per inmate at the Bahamas Department of Corrections in 2021 was $17,369.60, according to a 2021 report tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Bahamas tackling blacklist ‘symptom, not root cause’

A Bahamian banker yesterday argued this nation is merely “addressing the symptom as opposed to the root” cause of its blacklisting woes as he urged the Government to clarify its corporate income tax goals.

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Ex-Trust chief’s parking fears on Goodman’s Bay penthouse

An ex-Bahamas National Trust (BNT) chief yesterday argued the developer of a 14-storey Goodman’s Bay penthouse must ensure there is sufficient parking to prevent Bahamians being “further disenfranchised”.

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PI resorts urge 4-week Wendy’s decision delay

Major Paradise Island resorts yesterday urged the planning authorities to delay their decision on Wendy’s bid for approvals by four weeks so that the restaurant’s impact on traffic flows can be studied.

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Governance reformers hail ombudsman ‘priority’

Governance reformers yesterday praised the Government for both treating the Ombudsman Bill as a legislative “priority” and appearing to alter the original version as a result of their feedback.

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Minnis: Wilchcombe should have had bigger ministry

FORMER Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis believes Obie Wilchcombe, who died unexpectedly last month, should have been given a more “substantive post” in the Davis-led Cabinet before his death.

Flamingo Air is back in the air after mid-flight mishap

FLAMINGO Air has resumed services after being grounded earlier this month when the boarding ladder on an aircraft deployed mid-flight.

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Govt tables bill to enhance independence of judiciary

THE Davis administration tabled legislation in the House of Assembly yesterday to enhance the independence of the judiciary.

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‘By-election must happen by November 25’

THE West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election must happen by November 25, according to acting Parliamentary Commissioner Arthur Taylor.

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Bahamian man held for crossing US Border

A BAHAMIAN man who was reportedly arrested for not having a visa while trying to cross into the United States from Mexico is “safe and sound,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Bahamian-born – but at risk for deportation

ACTING Immigration Director William Pratt said the Department of Immigration’s policy is to deport children born in The Bahamas to Haiti with their parents if those guardians lack legal status to be in this country.

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Murder count at 80 as Man shot dead on Malcolm Road

THE country’s murder count, according to The Tribune’s records, rose to 80 after a man was fatally shot yesterday.

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PM DAVIS ‘ASKED FTX CHIEF’ TO ADVISE SON: Court claim of email request to Bankman-Fried

The Prime Minister allegedly asked Sam Bankman-Fried to provide advice to his son about a digital assets project the latter was working on just two months before FTX collapsed.

Islands of Bahamas named official destination sponsor of University of Miami Athletics

THE Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation and University of Miami Athletics have announced a broad-based strategic multi-year partnership making The Islands of The Bahamas the official “Destination Partner” of Miami Athletics.

'No more changes are needed’ to get off EU blacklist - Halkitis

“WE don’t have to change anything,” said Minister of Economic Affairs Michael Halkitis yesterday as he insisted that the country is still on track for the rerating by the OECD Forum on Harmful Tax Practices.

Aviation summit to position Nassau as ‘top destination’

The Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board’s (NPIPB) chief executive yesterday said hosting the “much sought after” Routes 2025 aviation summit will showcase The Bahamas’ “first class” airport.

Digital payments ‘paramount’ to tourism continuing success

DIGITAL engagement by the tourism sector is “paramount” to the continued success of the industry, according to Rafique Symonette, chairman of the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC).

Halkitis: We’re not trying to circumvent Procurement Act

THE government is not trying to “circumvent” the requirements of the Public Procurement Act, the Minister of Economic Affairs insisted yesterday.

Team to tackle cybersecurity issues ‘to launch in December’

As part of efforts to strengthen cybersecurity, the National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) will be launched in December, according to Minister of Economic Affairs Michael Halkitis.

Treasure Cay residents hit at Water Corp Dorian billing

Treasure Cay residents have accused the Water & Sewerage Corporation of billing them for services never supplied due to Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of the utility’s systems.

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How to minimise start-up failures

Starting a business comes with multiple challenges and pitfalls. And even when you are off to a good start, keeping a company running successfully is not for the faint of heart. Many small businesses encounter issues that prove to be insurmountable, sadly resulting in closure.

Unsung songs in The Bahamas

Our African traditions are often celebrated for the oral aspects of passing information down from one generation to another. Some might be inclined to generalise African people and African culture as a monolith, without very important distinctions. Without getting into an exposition on the wide variety of African societies, I will simply draw attention to the documented vast and exceptional libraries of Timbuktu.

St Mary’s Gaels are favoured to win White Sands Bahamas NCAA Golf Invitational

ST Mary’s College men’s golf team will travel farther than any other in the 19-team field for this week’s White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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Countdown to World Relays 2024 begins

THE year is 2024 and the stage is set in the picturesque Bahamas for yet another exhilarating edition of the World Athletics Relays just 200 days away.

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William ‘Knucklehead’ Johnson Cross Country Invitational Saturday

THE William “Knucklehead” Johnson Cross Country Invitational is scheduled to begin at 7:30am on Saturday.

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Thomas Sears: Softball tournament was a success

THE US Virgin Islands softball team took home bragging rights early in October when they won the inaugural One Caribbean Invitational Women’s Fast-Pitch tournament.

Pan Am Games: BOC says boxer Carl Hield ‘too old’ to be selected

THE Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) has fielded participants in sailing, tennis, swimming, athletics, golf and wrestling but not boxing for the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

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ACES BECOME FIRST REPEAT CHAMPIONS IN 21 YEARS: Las Vegas beats Jonquel Jones and New York Liberty 70-69 in Game 4

NEW YORK (AP) — The Las Vegas Aces became the first team in 21 years to win back-to-back WNBA championships, getting 24 points and 16 rebounds from A’ja Wilson and a defensive stop in the closing seconds to beat the New York Liberty 70-69 in Game 4 of the Finals last night.

Wednesday, October 18

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10182023 EDITION

Wednesday, 18th October, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Access to abortion and therapy is fundamental

ABORTION is in the news again. This time, a doctor, along with two women, have been charged for providing an abortion. The patient is reportedly a 15-year-old. Two months ago, there was a similar report on a mother who was charged for providing a medical abortion (using pills) for her 11-year-old child. It was also reported that she was impregnated, which means that she was raped, by her mother’s boyfriend.

EDITORIAL: What will this ‘Commission of Inquiry’ look into?

SHARP eyes spotted what could be called a sign of the times at a complex off Bernard Road.

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‘I still don’t believe it’, says sister of man who died in a traffic accident on Monday

AFTER a crash claimed the lives of a man and a woman, a grieving sister said she is still catching her breath from the shock of losing her brother and his girlfriend.

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Bahamian who escaped Israel wants to see peace between the two countries

A BAHAMIAN who was stuck in Israel days after a war erupted there said he visited Palestine during his trip and wants to see peace between the two countries.

Insurer ‘not panicking’ on EU backlist escape miss

A Bahamian insurer will “only start panicking” if The Bahamas remains blacklisted by the European Union (EU) post-February 2024 as he yesterday sought to ease fears about coverage cost and capacity.

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Web shop loses challenge over $1m Gaming Board ‘withdrawal’

A Bahamian web shop operator’s challenge to the Gaming Board taking $1m from its accounts to finance development of an industry-wide compliance and monitoring system has been rejected by a judge.

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Wendy’s chief on PI: ‘What’s all the fuss?’

The Wendy’s and Marco’s Pizza franchise principals “don’t understand what all this fuss is about” as they sought to argue why their Paradise Island restaurant project should receive planning permission.

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Opposition chief slams Gov’t over EU blacklist

The Opposition’s leader yesterday slammed the Government’s failure to secure The Bahamas’ escape from the European Union’s (EU) tax blacklist almost two years after it pledged to resolve all concerns.

FNM to ratify candidate for West GB and Bimini by Thursday of this week

THE Free National Movement expects to ratify a candidate for the upcoming West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election by the end of this week after at least one person applied for the party’s nomination: Bishop Ricardo Grant.

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Sign of the times for inquiry ahead?

THE government has acquired space in a vacant building on Bernard Road, the entrance to which says the “Commission of Inquiry”.

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Michela Barnett-Ellis: Decriminalise abortion in all instances

ALTHOUGH an underground culture of abortion exists in The Bahamas, current and former prosecutors say people have rarely been prosecuted over the years for violating abortion laws.

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Cornish sex assault case heading to Supreme Court

NORTH Abaco MP Kirk Cornish received his voluntary bill of indictment in his sexual assault case yesterday, signalling the advancement of his matter to the higher court.

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‘Migrant mother didn’t want her children to be deported’

ACTING Immigration Director William Pratt said three children fended for themselves in a shanty town earlier this month when their detained mother failed to reveal their existence because she feared they would be deported to Haiti.

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BAHAMAS STAYS ON EU BLACKLIST: AG says ‘we are doing everything in our power to get it right’

The Government yesterday accused the European Union (EU) of relying on outdated information to keep The Bahamas blacklisted, as a Cabinet minister said: “We’re doing everything in our power to get it right”.

PITDA is opposed to Wendy’s

The Paradise Island Tourism Development Association (PITDA) and its member hotels and partners – Atlantis Paradise Island, Bay View Suites Paradise Island, Comfort Suites Paradise Island, Paradise Island Beach Club, The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Paradise Landing, and Ocean Club Estates – strongly oppose the development and opening of Wendy’s and Marco’s Pizza on Paradise Island.

Gov’t awaits revenue ‘uptick’ on cruise tax

The Ministry of Finance’s top official says the Government’s revenues are on target with an “uptick” anticipated in the 2023-2024 fiscal year’s second half due to the hike in cruise visitor departure taxes.

Opposition chief calls for renewed living cost focus

The Opposition’s leader yesterday urged the Government to provide additional relief to Bahamians suffering from the post-COVID cost of living crisis.

Cruise port beats 2022 arrivals in just 9 months

The Nassau Cruise Port (NCP) yesterday said it surpassed total visitor arrivals for the 2022 full-year in just nine months with some 3.224m passengers passing through the facility by end-September.

BTC digitises learning and recruitment roles

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it has completed the digitisation of its learning and recruitment processes in a bid to provide on-demand education for staff and better efficiency.

Seven Jamaican companies meet Bahamas counterparts

Seven Jamaican manufacturers visited The Bahamas on a three-day trade mission earlier this month in a bid to strengthen economic ties and promote regional integration.

US Embassy-funded Academy of Women Entrepreneurs programme launches in GB

SOME 50 women entrepreneurs in Grand Bahama will have an opportunity to win grant funding through the US Embassy’s Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) programme.

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Abaco man held on suspicion of illegal drug possession

POLICE officers in Abaco arrested a 25-year-old man after finding a quantity of illegal drugs and large sums of cash at a residence in Dundas Town.

Strong objection to PI Wendy’s

Comfort Suites Paradise Island strongly object to the conversion of the former Scotia Bank building to Wendy’s and Marco’s Pizza fast food restaurants. It is indeed our position that tranquil exclusive resort haven of Paradise Island will be negatively impacted by additional fast-food outlets.

EV battery fires, are we ready?

Lithium batteries … they can catch fire … what if my neighbour has an EV car which catches fire and causes fire damage to my property? What if he adds a electricity battery unit, lithium, to his solar panels? Electric bikes same. I hear certain Insurance providers are refusing to cover anything EV.

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Jonquel Jones on a roll in postseason

New York Liberty to face Las Vegas Aces in Game 4 of WNBA Finals tonight

GRAND Bahama native Jonquel “JJ” Jones has been on a tear in the postseason which helped the New York Liberty to keep their championship window open on Sunday in an elimination game against the Las Vegas Aces.

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A new day in primary school soccer

THE newly named Dawn N Knowles Primary School Soccer Tournament returned to the Roscow A L Davies Soccer Field yesterday morning.

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‘Junkanoo Boyz’ end up in 2-2 draw

The Junkanoo Boyz spoiled the Benna Boys chances of earning back-to-back wins when they secured a 2-2 draw yesterday evening in an away game in Piggotts, Antigua and Barbuda.

Tuesday, October 17

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10172023 EDITION

Tuesday, 17th October, 2023.

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PETER YOUNG – Arab-Israeli conflict: History and background

THE media coverage of last week’s horrific atrocities in Israel committed by Hamas terrorists who penetrated the country from Gaza has been so extensive that it would be superfluous to add to it today. This outrage of unparalleled ferocity and evil that left 1,300 people dead, including children and babies, was the worst single loss of Jewish lives since the Holocaust in the Second World War, and it has shocked the rest of the world.

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FACE TO FACE: Nurse Gwendolyn Brice-Sealy – Called to care

IT takes a special calling on one’s life to be called to care for others when they are, in some cases, at their lowest. Being ill is never easy. But the people who care for you during your infirmity can make the world of difference in your recovery. Nurse Gwendolyn Brice-Sealy knows this, and she considers the calling on her life to care for the sick a blessing that has enriched her life.

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Exempt app has led to 90 percent increase in revenue at LPIA, says financial secretary

FINANCIAL Secretary Simon Wilson said the Exempt App has led to a 90 per cent increase in customer revenue at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, calling the customs app a “success story” despite complications some travellers have experienced.

Nurses union says arrival of 18 Ghanian nurses wont solve sector’s problems

BAHAMAS Nurses Union president Muriel Lightbourn said the arrival of 18 specialty Ghanaian nurses later this month won’t solve the human resources challenges in the sector.

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52 week programme workers not paid - delay issue to be addressed, says Glover-Rolle

SOME 1,400 minimum wage workers in the government’s 52-week Skills Empowerment Programme were expected to be paid yesterday after experiencing delays, according to Public Service Minister Pia Glover-Rolle.

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Ocean Club Golf Course supports Sister Sister breast cancer group

For yet another year, the Ocean Club Golf Course’s General Manager Robbie Leming along with friends and members have launched a 100-hole challenge in effort to raise money for the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.

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Police investigating three traffic deaths

POLICE are investigating three traffic deaths that brought the number of road fatalities this year to 44.

Two vying to represent the PLP in upcoming by-election

PACO Deal and Robert Grant –– an attorney and a businessman –– said they would apply to be the Progressive Liberal Party's candidates in the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election.

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Balmoral Club’s hotel given history preserver’s go-ahead

Regulators responsible for preserving The Bahamas’ historic buildings have given the go-ahead for the Balmoral Club’s 50-unit condo hotel expansion at the site of the existing clubhouse.

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Atlantis unveils petition opposing Wendy’s plan

Atlantis yesterday urged planning authorities to “not subject Paradise Island to indiscriminate development” as it unveiled a 100-strong petition opposing the Wendy’s and Marco’s Pizza restaurant project.

Procurement chief pledges greater reporting frequency

The Government’s chief procurement official yesterday disclosed that the frequency of contract award reporting will ultimately increase to every 60 days, adding that full compliance is “going to take some time”.

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Opposition leader slams ‘half-baked’ contract award report

The Opposition’s leader yesterday described the Government’s long-promised release of details on $140m worth of contract awards as “half-baked and incomplete” plus non-compliant with the law.

Terminal’s $71.3m deal ‘heralds new day’ in GB

Investment project announcements are “certainly heralding a new day” for Grand Bahama after the South Riding Point terminal’s new owner yesterday unveiled a $71.3m financing deal to restart operations.

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Shot dead while out on bail for murder

A MAN who was electronically monitored on bail for murder and drug crimes was shot dead yesterday on Market Street.

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Bishop Boyd backs efforts to criminalise marital rape

BISHOP Laish Boyd backed efforts to criminalise marital rape last night during the 120th Session of the Synod of The Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Finance’s procurement list called ‘incomplete’

FREE National Movement Leader Michael Pintard said he rejects the Ministry of Finance’s “incomplete” contract procurement report released on Sunday because it fails to satisfy the transparency requirements of the Public Procurement Act.

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Former PM’s son charged over teen’s abortion

MORE than a month after a man was charged with having unlawful sex with a 15-year-old Harbour Island girl, Dr Jamil Minnis, a gynaecologist and the son of former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, was charged yesterday with helping the girl get an abortion.

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UNION CHALLENGES IMMIGRATION MOVE: Pratt appointment disputed over rule on contract workers

THE Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union has filed a trade dispute with the Department of Labour contesting the Davis administration’s appointment of William Pratt as director of the Department of Immigration.

Bahamas crypto exchange set to ‘add another chapter’

A crypto currency exchange Bahamian subsidiary says it will unveil a new feature for its platform next month to further cement its “significant” contribution to the parent's global brand.

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HONOURING DAWN KNOWLES: BFA renames NPPPSSA soccer tournament in her honour

The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) presented Dawn N Knowles with the best birthday gift of them all after renaming the New Providence Public Primary Schools Sports Association’s (NPPPSSA) soccer tournament in her honour yesterday at the Beach Soccer Stadium.

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture among 10 men honoured for their contributions to building youth

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas - Prior to accepting an award for the positive work he has done among the youth of the nation through basketball during his many years as a coach, Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture Mario Bowleg encouraged other men to continue to do their part in helping the nation’s boys become contributing men of society.

NPC Worldwide Caribbean Grand Prix all set for November 11

THE NPC Worldwide Caribbean Grand Prix is scheduled to get underway at the Atlantis resort on November 11.

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‘Jazz’ impressed with talent level in Bahamian baseball

JASRADO “Jazz” Chisholm Jr, founder of the Jazz Chisholm Foundation Little League, made a special appearance this past weekend at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

Small Schools Volleyball Results

VOLLEYBALL results for Monday, October 16.

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Dad of child who shot himself facing multiple charges

THE father of a boy who shot himself in the abdomen last week has been charged with a crime.

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45-year-old woman charged with making false rape report

A 45-year-old woman was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday for making a false rape report.

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45-year-old woman charged with making false rape report

A 45-year-old woman was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday for making a false rape report.

By-election a pivotal moment

In the poignant absence left by MP Obadiah Wilchcombe, the constituency of Grand Bahama, Bimini, and the Berry Islands finds itself enveloped in a vital democratic process - the bye-election.

Bahamian stranded in Israel on birthday repatriated yesterday, says government

HOWARD Evans, the last Bahamian who contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for help in leaving Israel, has been repatriated, the ministry said yesterday.

Monday, October 16

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10162023 EDITION

Monday, 16th October, 2023.

Man missing at sea after boat capsizes

A MAN is missing at sea after a boat capsized in waters near Guana Cay.

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WORLD VIEW: UN action needed urgently to end Israel-Hamas violence

THE attack by Hamas on civilians in Southern Israel on 7 October 2023 was as stupid as it was cruel, brutal and inhuman.

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THE KDK REPORT: The hour has come – Part 2

IN my last report, I told the story of my patient Whitney who, in September 2019, fought against unimaginable odds to survive as the winds and swiftly rising waters of Hurricane Dorian pummeled her home on Grand Bahama. The surge of water was so strong, so fast, so deadly that she and her neighbours were forced to escape without warning, walking against the winds and sharp stinging waters attacking them as they made their way to the nearest shelter, a church less than three blocks from where they lived.

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INSIGHT: Prayers for victims of conflict as we hope for a peaceful solution

IT is not often I do this, but this week’s column looks a little farther from home. And yet, the effects of this faraway look are felt right here too.

EDITORIAL: Fred v Shane in PLP dogfight

IF there was a pretense at dignity in the political dogfight over the West End and Bimini constituency before the funeral of representative Obie Wilchcombe, then all semblance of such is long gone now.

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Two officers placed on leave after viral video

TWO police officers have been placed on administrative leave after a video captured a heated argument between them in a police station.

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43 nurses with mental health training to join system this month

AS attempted suicides increased, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville said 43 mental health nurses will join the system this month.

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Lincoln Bain to run for West Grand Bahama and Bimini seat for COI

THE Coalition of Independents announced yesterday that party leader, Lincoln Bain, would vie for the West Grand Bahama and Bimini seat in the upcoming by-election.

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Davis visits the Pope

ON SATURDAY, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Prime Minister Philip ‘Bave’ Davis was received by Pope Francis.

Last Bahamian national in Israel who reached out to ministry, has been repatriated

The last Bahamian national who had contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for assistance in being evacuated from Israel has been repatriated, the government has announced.

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‘Cheap menu offerings’: PI residents join Wendy’s fight

Paradise Island resorts and residents are arguing that “cheap menu offerings do not convey” the correct brand image as they unite to oppose Wendy’s bid to obtain planning approvals for its new restaurant.

Top ArawakX investor ‘seriously prejudiced’ over BOB unfreezing

ArawakX’s largest investor has moved to intervene in its dispute with Bank of The Bahamas by alleging that the two sides’ agreement to unfreeze the crowd-funding platform’s accounts “seriously prejudices” his interests.

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ArawakX: Wind-up to cause ‘serious harm’ on BOB battle

The Bahamas’ first-ever crowd-funding platform will suffer “serious harm” if it is placed into provisional liquidation before it can pursue or settle its legal battle with Bank of The Bahamas over the freezing of its accounts.

GB airport operator ‘well ready to move’

Grand Bahama International Airport’s prospective operator has indicated it is “well ready to proceed once given the green light by government”, the island’s Chamber of Commerce chief has revealed.

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No love for sandals


The day after the IPO (initial public offering), Birkenstock investors are still not happy. The traditional sandal manufacturer experienced a debacle in its eagerly-awaited share offering in New York.

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Birthday trip to Israel strands Bahamian

A BIRTHDAY trip to Israel to get closer to God tested Howard Evans’ faith when Palestinian militants attacked that country ten days ago, leaving him stranded thousands of miles from home.

Procurement list reveals 843 contracts worth $140m

The Government last night finally released its long-awaited public procurement disclosure which revealed the awarding of 843 contracts worth a total $140m via its online portal over the ten months to end-June 2023.

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Shanty home demolition a ‘very hard pill’ for resident

WHEN two excavators demolished Aviole Francois-Burrows’ home on October 2, the government’s long-standing pledge to eradicate shanty towns became vivid to residents in the unregulated community of All Saints Way.

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GIBSON: MITCHELL IS OUT OF ORDER – Shane: I had to work not just fly, have tea and coffee and cigars

SHANE Gibson said Fred Mitchell was “out of order” for saying the pool of candidates eligible for the upcoming West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election is limited to those the PLP considered in 2021, a restriction the party publicly reversed yesterday when the secretary general announced that qualified candidates include all members in good standing.

Customs overreach

Please permit me to express my views on the recently introduced “customs exempt app” which I was required to upload and populate on my return to my country of citizenship.

Chamber hails success from two trade missions

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman has hailed its hosting of two recent trade missions as a success.

New extension over substance reporting

The Ministry of Finance yesterday said it has extended the 2022 substance reporting deadline for qualifying companies until end-October due to the “high volume of requests” for extra time.

Stable coins better suited for international customers

A Bahamian attorney says stable coins are a product better-suited for the international, rather than domestic, market as this nation moves to introduce new measures to better regulate the product.

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DEREK SMITH: Develop cyber security plan to meet your need

As technology becomes an essential feature in every business, there is a growing need to ensure its safe use. Companies store crucial data and depend on technology for their day-to-day operations. With the continuous evolution of cyber threats and stringent regulations, companies need a firm security plan. However, every firm has unique needs, so more than just a generic solution might be required.

Concerns of BTVI faculty

I am writing to bring to your immediate attention the pressing concerns and frustrations faced by the faculty at the Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI). Despite signing our Industrial Agreement (IA) on July 7th, 2023, we are in an ongoing battle with BTVI’s management, severely impacting our working conditions and morale.

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Catholic Primary Schools basketball season begins

THE 2023-24 Catholic Board of Education Primary Schools basketball season got underway on Friday at the Loyola Hall.

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‘Jazz’ gets a warm welcome home

JASRADO “Jazz” Chisholm Jr made his return to home soil this past weekend at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

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Jonquel Jones helps Liberty take Game 3 of WNBA Finals, avoid sweep

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonquel Jones scored 27 points and Breanna Stewart added 20 to help the New York Liberty beat the Las Vegas Aces 87-73 yesterday in the WNBA Finals and force a Game 4.

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‘Junkanoo Boyz’ fall into 0-3 hole on home turf

The Bahamas fell into an 0-3 hole in the Concacaf (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Nations League rankings after coming up short against Antigua and Barbuda on Saturday.

Saturday, October 14

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Obie Wilchcombe laid to rest in West End, Grand Bahama

The late Obediah Wilchcombe, Cabinet Minister and MP for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, was laid to rest in his native West End on Saturday, following his State Funeral at the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King in Freeport.

Friday, October 13

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Mother Pratt gets first cookies from Girl Guides

The Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) launched its annual cookie month last week and presented the first set of cookies to the Governor General, Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt.

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Back to the farm at Beacon

Grand Bahama school launches agriculture programme with support from the Agricultural Development Organisation (ADO).

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GB ready for National Youth Month

A slew of events announced for Grand Bahama young people during National Youth Month.

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Ghanaian nurses to arrive by end of month to help relieve shortage

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville said 18 specialty Ghanaian nurses will arrive in the Bahamas to help relieve the shortage of nurses.

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Govt hoping to finalise genetic testing protocols for citizenship by year's end

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville said by the end of the year the government is hoping to finalise the protocols for genetic testing for people entitled to citizenship following a landmark Privy Council ruling.

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Man accused of stabbing death

A MAN was sent to prison on Friday accused of stabbing a man to death on Rosebud Street last Saturday.

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Senior Family Guardian VP testifies in miscarriage case

A SENIOR Family Guardian vice president testified on Friday that they denied Alana Major’s request to work from home during a difficult pregnancy because she didn’t get back to them with further information from her doctor.

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10132023 WEEKEND

Friday, 13th October, 2023.

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10132023 EDITION

Friday, 13th October, 2023.

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PM to meet with Pope Francis

Prime Minister Philip Davis departed the capital on Thursday for Rome, Italy, where he will meet with His Holiness, Pope Francis.

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Clubs & Societies, October 13, 2023

The Government High School Alumni Association is proud to announce the nominees for the 2nd Annual Government High School Alumni Association Phoenix Awards.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: When the public speaks up, bad ideas can be grounded

A UNIQUE thing happened this week. Amid the horror played out on TV screens of violence rocking the Middle East with innocent men, women and children being captured and slaughtered, entire cities and villages burned and destroyed, amidst the burial of a revered Bahamian Cabinet minister who suffered an untimely and shocking death and amidst the tearful memorial for the head boy at QC who died before he had a chance to live, there was a bright and shining light.

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ONE ELEUTHERA FOUNDATION – Edrin Symonette: Keeping traditional farming alive in South Eleuthera

EDRIN Symonette has been farming in South Eleuthera for nearly 30 years – nearly half his life. He is gifted with many talents as an artist, entrepreneur, cook, and businessman.

‘Our MP is MIA’ says North Andros shop owner as BPL woes continue

A 79-year-old ice cream parlour owner in North Andros says the cost of maintaining a generator to power her appliances when the electricity goes off exceeds what she makes from her business.

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Priest confident government will amend Cannabis Bill to accommodate Rastafarians

RASTAFARIAN Priest Rithmond McKinney said he is confident the Davis administration will amend its draft cannabis legislation to create a regime more accommodating to the practices of local Rastafarians.

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Three immigration officers being questioned on fake work permits

THREE immigration officers are in custody as police investigate a scheme involving fraudulent work permits.

Irregularities alleged, while registrar reviews complaints over BPSU’s election

THE results of the recent Bahamas Public Services Union’s election have not been certified because the registrar of trade unions is reviewing complaints about irregularities that allegedly happened.

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50% of Bahamians to use Sand Dollars by end-2024

Central Bank executives yesterday forecast that 50 percent of Bahamians will have active Sand Dollar accounts by year-end 2024, with 160,000 already using this nation’s digital currency version.

Govt’s ‘reprehensible’ failure led to woman’s ‘near financial ruin’

A Supreme Court judge has slammed the Government’s “reprehensible” failure that drove a Bahamian woman to “almost financial ruin” after it failed to compensate her over acquiring land for a road yet to be built.

Shipyard to go ‘beyond, but it won’t come easy’

Grand Bahama Shipyard’s top executive is voicing confidence that its $600m dry dock investment will grow its business “beyond” what it enjoyed in early 2019, but warned: “It’s not going to come easy.”

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Demand worries over Gov’t bond ‘competitive bid’ move

A Bahamas-based investment banker yesterday said “insufficient demand” means the Government is unlikely to lower its domestic debt costs through the launch of competitive bidding for its securities.

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Hotels ‘even stronger’ than touted 13% bookings leap

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president yesterday disclosed some resorts are enjoying “even stronger” growth than the near-13 percent jump in advanced bookings through to February 2024.

Bishop Grant considered frontrunner for West Grand Bahama and Bimini seat for FNM

BISHOP Ricardo Grant, the frontrunner to be the Free National Movement’s candidate in the West Grand Bahama and Bimini constituency in the upcoming by-election, believes his work as a religious leader is a solid foundation for launching a political career.

EDITORIAL: Constituents deserve an MP that is not MIA

THERE are some telling words from 79-year-old ice cream parlour owner Diana Beneby in today’s Tribune.

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Man shot dead off Boyd Road

A 44-year-old man is dead after a shooting on Tyler Street early on Friday.

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Man killed at job site

A MAN was killed at his job site yesterday.

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Two women on leave as police investigate Grand Bahama Parliamentary Registration Department

TWO women employed by the Parliamentary Registration Department in Grand Bahama were placed on administrative leave yesterday as part of a police investigation, The Tribune understands.

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Psychiatrist testifies over miscarriage risk

A PSYCHIATRIST testified yesterday that work stress could have contributed to the miscarriage Alana Major experienced in 2019.

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United to bid Obie farewell

WITH reflections about his broadcasting prowess, devotion to constituents and commitment to the Progressive Liberal Party, the nation bade farewell to Obie Wilchcombe yesterday at a state funeral steeped in tradition, pomp and pageantry.

Now deal with signs and shacks

If I might piggy back on the resounding result of the Atlantis Aerodrome town hall meeting on Tuesday night. I have never heard people speak so passionately against what was being proposed and I actually had the feeling that what they felt about Fort Montagu is that it is a sacred place.

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UB Mingoes men’s soccer team end up in scoreless tie with Atlantis University

THE University of The Bahamas men’s soccer team fought to a scoreless tie against Atlantis University in a match that had two red cards and eight yellow cards Thursday in Miami.

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Chisholm Jr undergoes successful turf toe surgery

BAHAMIAN Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm Jr underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a nagging toe turf injury that sidelined him during the Major League Baseball (MLB) season.

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TV host Carlos Mackey pays tribute to ‘Obie the sportsman’

CARLOS Mackey, television host of the Best of Sports World show, joined alongside the late Obediah Hercules Wilchcombe to make history in 1991.

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Heads Up! Navigating Concussions in Soccer: Incidence, Management and Treatment

SOCCER, known as the beautiful game, has thrilled fans for generations, but the sport is not without its risks, particularly concerning concussions.

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Veteran boxer Carl Hield set to make his pro debut

VETERAN boxer Carl Hield is excited to make his professional debut next weekend at the International Knockout Night against Colombian John Blanco.

Take your own advice, Mitchell

In politics and life, self-awareness is often the hardest but most essential virtue. It’s this very virtue that the respected chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), Mr Fred Mitchell, recently invoked when commenting on the importance of former public figures recognising when it’s time to move on. It’s both ironic and poignant that Mr Mitchell, having turned 70 and holding the dual roles of chairman of the PLP and Minister of Foreign Affairs, seems not to apply this wisdom to his own situation.

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Man granted $9,000 bail after allegedly being found with $40k worth of cocaine

A MAN was granted $9,000 bail after allegedly being found with $40,000 worth of cocaine in his Stapledon Gardens home earlier this week.

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Two men charged with possession of an unlicenced firearm granted $7k bail each

TWO men were granted bail after they were accused of having a loaded gun in their jeep outside a lounge on West Bay Street last week.

Medical marijuana: 'This is what it takes to get it right'

A Cabinet minister last night urged Bahamians to voice their opinions on the draft legislation to legalise and regulate medical marijuana because "that's what it takes to get it right".

Thursday, October 12

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Thursday, 12th October, 2023.

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FRONT PORCH: Ignorant fundamentalists showing homophobic, undemocratic colours

THE wildly irrational freak-out, moral panic and paroxysms by certain clerics and their cheering squads over a Pride Bahamas forum at the University of The Bahamas was at times humorous, especially given the nonsensical statements by an excitable prideful parade of homophobes displaying their theocratic colours.

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Adopted pit bulls returned to Humane Society of Grand Bahama after alleged mistreatment

TWO adopted pit bulls were returned to the Humane Society of Grand Bahama after allegedly being mistreated and subjected to cruel conditions.

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Promotion exercise to be done before year’s end, says Police Commissioner

POLICE Commissioner Clayton Fernander said a promotion exercise for police officers would be completed before the end of the year.

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Mitchell does not expect court decision to prevent Kenya officers deployment

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell does not believe a court’s decision in Kenya that prevents the country from deploying police officers to fight gangs in Haiti will be a long-term issue for the move to launch a multinational security mission to Haiti.

Deltec chair to SBF: ‘Why in the world?’

Deltec Bank & Trust’s chairman yesterday said his response to Sam Bankman-Fried would be “why in the world” if the embattled FTX founder were to ever contact him.

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Atlantis: We preferred other seaplane sites

Atlantis yesterday said it will swiftly ask the authorities to “reconsider” alternative seaplane landing sites that it prefers to the Montagu Bay option rejected by residents and the boating community alike.

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Bahamas ‘leading from front’ on digital assets

The Attorney General yesterday argued The Bahamas is “leading from the front” on digital assets regulation as he sought to portray the jurisdiction as the ideal domicile for industry providers.

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No ‘Passion’ over Love Beach condo

A former two-time Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) president yesterday said it was “too bad” a developer and Love Beach residents “cannot meet half-way” as both sides await a planning appeal’s outcome.

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‘Files being assessed’ on police-involved killings to see if officers to be charged

PUBLIC Prosecutions Director Cordell Frazier said she is reviewing the Coroner's Court file of Deangelo Evans, a man police are accused of killing in 2020, to determine whether to charge the officers involved in his death with a crime.

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Anxious mother tells of son stuck in Israel

A BAHAMIAN is stuck in Israel as deaths mount in the war between that country and Palestinian militants.

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Bowleg: Repair of stadium likely Chinese govt funded

YOUTH, Sports and Culture Minister Mario Bowleg said the Chinese government would likely fund all Thomas A Robinson National Stadium repairs and employ Chinese workers to do the work.

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Christie disagrees on PLP’s candidate restriction

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie disagrees with the Progressive Liberal Party’s purported restriction on who is eligible for a nomination in the upcoming by-election in the West Grand Bahama and Bimini constituency.

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Atlantis to seek new spot for seaplane operation

ATLANTIS will pursue an alternative location for its desired seaplane operations after residents repudiated their request to establish it in Montagu Bay.

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PM: IMMIGRATION CHIEF HAS RETIRED – Davis says Ferguson left by choice - not through victimisation

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis broke his silence on recent leadership changes to the Department of Immigration yesterday, saying former acting Director of Immigration Keturah Ferguson willingly left her post and retired.

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Advertorial: Aggreko expands presence in the Bahamas establishing a local entity and appoints seasoned businessman Jeffrey Beckles as Local Director

Nassau, Bahamas, October 9, 2023 - Aggreko, a global leader in providing flexible energy solutions, is proud to announce its expansion into the Bahamas, by establishing a new local entity in the region. This significant move underscores Aggreko's commitment to powering progress in the Caribbean and increasing its capability to deliver long-term efficient, reliable, and sustainable (including renewable sources) energy solutions.

Raise the standard of debate

The heckling and shoutings, the uncontrolled roars of laughter, the constant interruptions poorly disguised as “points of order”, are all evidence of a precipitous decline in the quality of debate within our parliament over the years.

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Jazz Chisholm Little League teams sweep five divisions at 2nd Reloaded Invitational

THE Jazz Chisholm Little League (JCLL) teams took home five division championships at the second edition of the Reloaded Baseball Invitational.

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Jonquel Jones and Liberty in 0-2 hole

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 26 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and the Las Vegas Aces routed the New York Liberty 104-76 last night to take a 2-0 series lead in the WNBA Finals.

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‘Junkanoo Boyz’ confident ahead of Concacaf Nations League matchup vs Antigua & Barbuda

THE Bahamas Football Association (BFA) selected a 21-member senior men’s national soccer team to face Antigua and Barbuda in the second window of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Nations League matches on home soil this Saturday at 6pm.

Stadium repairs to halt end of year sporting events

THE impending repairs of the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium will pose a problem for upcoming sporting events, including the ninth edition of the HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl.

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Charlotte Hornets waive Kai Jones

The Charlotte Hornets yesterday waived Bahamian big man and former first-round draft pick Kai Jones.

BNT executive Lynn Gape congratulated on National Heroes Award recognition

LEADING environmentalists are congratulating long-serving Bahamas National Trust (BNT) executive Lynn Gape for her steadfast commitment to conservation over many decades and praised the decision to bestow the Order of Excellence upon her as part of the 2023 National Heroes Awards.

Fintech can ‘help reach those without banking’

FINTECH can help “promote greater financial inclusion” and provide a banking solution for those without accounts in the region, said Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday.

Cross-border payments with digital currency ‘next step’

USING digital currency to settle cross-border payments is a “natural progression”, according to Dr Allan Wright, manager at the Central Bank of The Bahamas.

DARE act has learned lessons from FTX fall

THE DARE act will have to adjust to the inherent risks associated with crypto currency after the collapse of FTX, including dealing with staking and separation of assets, said Christina Rolle, executive director of the Securities Commission of the Bahamas, yesterday.

International link sees UB join forces with Cambridge

AN INTERNATIONAL link-up has seen the University of The Bahamas (UB) partner with the University of Cambridge and the Securities Commission of The Bahamas to provide a Fintech and Innovation programme.

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Keith Roye II: How technology can boost food security

The Bahamas, a beautiful archipelago known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, is facing a pressing issue: Ensuring a sustainable food supply for its population. As an island nation heavily dependent on imports for food, The Bahamas faces numerous challenges related to food security and sustainability.

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Man accused of attempted murder fined for bail breach

A MAN on bail for attempted murder was fined $2,500 after admitting to breaching his bail conditions.

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20 months in jail for man who admitted to having gun

A MAN was sentenced to 20 months in prison yesterday after admitting to having a loaded gun in his car on Bay and George Streets last Friday.

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Man accused of stealing over $15,000 from GG Youth award

A MAN was granted bail yesterday after being accused of stealing over $15,000 from the Governor General’s Youth Award (GGYA) earlier this year.

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Woman accused of stealing car and money granted bail

A WOMAN was granted $4,000 bail yesterday after allegedly stealing a man’s car and $560 last month.

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STATESIDE: Biden facing increasingly challenging issues as elections near

US President Joe Biden’s life and job just got a whole lot more complicated and fraught this week, and on top of that, his stubbornly low popularity ratings in recent months have offered little consolation that he will be rewarded next year with another term in office.

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GB traffic accident sends two adults and a baby to hospital

Two adults and a baby were taken to the hospital following a serious traffic accident in the Bahamia area on Wednesday evening.

Baha Mar donates $100k to Red Cross to aid in replacing $80k of stolen equipment

BAHA MAR donated $100,000 to The Bahamas Red Cross yesterday after the non-profit organisation was robbed of $80,000 worth of equipment.

Mitchell concern

I am writing to express deep concern and indignation over the recent statement issued by chairman Fred Mitchell of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) regarding the West Grand Bahama candidacy. It is not just the vagueness and ambiguity of the statement that is troubling, but the apparent overt deviation from constitutional and democratic norms.

Finlayson tribute

It was August 24th 1947 when in the heart of the valley on the island of New Providence a bouncing baby boy was born to the late Alpheus Finlayson, Sr, and Dianna Finlayson (nee Deveaux). They named him Alpheus Alexander Finlayson, Jr.

Wednesday, October 11

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Police investigate drowning incident

Police on New Providence are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a 51-year-old woman of Westland, Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday.

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UPDATE: Charlotte Hornets officially waive Kai Jones

The Charlotte Hornets have officially waived Kai Jones. The announcement came Wednesday, after Jones requested a trade from the Hornets via the X social media platform on Monday night.

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Tuesday, 10th October, 2023.

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10112023 EDITION

Wednesday, 11th October, 2023.

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Woman passenger dies after car crashed into utility pole

A 36-YEAR-OLD woman is dead after a traffic accident on Bernard Road early yesterday morning.

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ALICIA WALLACE: 30 years since The Bahamas signed Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women

FRIDAY, October 6, marked the 30th anniversary of The Bahamas ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). It was marked by a proclamation, printed in both national newspapers, of October 6, 2023, as Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Day. The Prime Minister called on organisations, businesses, and families to recognise the importance of women’s rights and the elimination of discrimination against women with relevant activities and programmes.

EDITORIAL: Familiar refrain as Family Islands talk of neglect

THE difference in treatment that some Bahamians get in comparison to others ought to shame our nation.

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Food security focus at opening of Caribbean Week of Agriculture

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis welcomed the kickstart of Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2023 yesterday, stressing the importance of food security and farming.

Travel advisory issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised against all but essential travel to Israel and occupied Palestinian territories.

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Police searching for culprits that stole $80,000 worth of equipment from the Bahamas Red Cross on Monday

A MANHUNT is on for those who robbed the Bahamas Red Cross of nearly $80,000 worth of equipment on Monday.

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Gov’ts health reform: ‘We cannot do it all’

The Opposition’s chairman has backed the Government’s pledge to introduce National Health Insurance’s (NHI) catastrophic care component as “a game changer”, but warned: “We cannot do it all.”

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GB Shipyard’s $600m go-ahead is ‘fantastic’

A hotelier yesterday hailed confirmation that Grand Bahama Shipyard’s $600m dry docks investment is to proceed as “fantastic news” given that the company previously generated up to 40 percent of his annual revenues.

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Atlantis sparks strong opposition over Montagu Bay seaplane bid

An Opposition MP, nearby residents and the sailing community last night voiced opposition to Atlantis’ bid for a water aerodrome licence at Montagu Bay that would facilitate domestic seaplane tours for its guests.

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ArawakX denies client fund ‘commingling’ allegations

The Bahamas’ first-ever crowd-funding platform has vehemently denied there is any “ongoing commingling” of client and company funds and blamed an “accounting error” for the only occasion this occurred.

IMF’s latest projections show growth to ‘regress’

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) latest projections for The Bahamas reiterate that medium-term economic growth may not generate sufficient revenues to escape new and/or increased taxes, it was argued yesterday.

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Six-year-old in hospital after shooting incident

Police on Grand Bahama are questioning a 44-year-old man of Sunken Treasure Drive in connection with a shooting incident that has left a six-year-old boy in hospital.

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$600m GB shipyard project gets approval

THE Bahama Shipyard Ltd, in partnership with Royal Caribbean Group and Carnival Corporation, has approval for a project estimated to have a significant economic impact on Grand Bahama’s economy over the next 25 years.

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Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe: ‘I am not being dismissed’ by FNM

FORMER West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe said she does not feel overlooked as the Free National Movement tries to select a candidate for the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election.

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Ministry of Education looks into children left by shanty town raid

THE Ministry of Education will investigate the failure of some children in shanty towns to attend school, acting Director of Education Dominique McCartney-Russell said yesterday.

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Denial of work leave caused miscarriage, woman claims

A WOMAN claimed yesterday that her employer denied her request to work remotely, leading to a painful miscarriage.

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LEFT TO STRUGGLE WITHOUT POWER: Andros residents tell of constant outages on island

WHEN Bahamas Power & Light couldn’t keep its power on in August, seamstress Raquel Beneby had a choice: temporarily relocate to New Providence to complete school uniforms for her customers or buy a generator and finish the work in Andros.

Citi executive ‘mildly optimistic’ over travel

A senior Citi executive yesterday said he was “neutral to mildly optimistic” that travel and, by extension, The Bahamas’ tourism industry will not be impacted by a global recession in 2024.

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Teenage girl hospitalised after allegedly attempting suicide

A TEENAGE girl is hospitalised after allegedly trying to commit suicide –– the fifth attempted suicide in three weeks.

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Man charged with September murder of Macenzi Cajuste

A MAN is behind bars after he was accused of killing a man on bail outside a grocery store in Coconut Grove last month.

North Abaco targeted as manufacturing hub

The Government was yesterday said to have initiated “the North Abaco project” in an effort to first lure Caribbean manufacturers, then those outside the region, to set-up plants for US export.

US Embassy on relationship strengthening tour visiting Family Islands

THIS week, October 10-13, US Embassy Nassau launches its journey beyond Nassau to further strengthen the US relationship with Bahamians across the archipelago. The US Embassy’s first stop on #JusRoad242 tour is Grand Bahama, followed by visits to Bimini, Abaco, Exuma, and Long Island.

‘Paradise’ has highest inequality

“Paradise.” A phrase echoed by many, especially tourists visiting The Bahamas. With our sun-kissed sandy beaches and crystal-clear blue seas, our islands have continued to live up to its international reputation as a bastion of beauty.

Just say ‘no’ to Atlantis water drome

I refer to a published Notice of a meeting to be held this evening (October 10) at Queen’s College, hosted by Atlantis, who are seeking government and public support for establishment of a water drome in Montagu Bay to operate seaplanes.

PM: Caribbean half-way to 25% food import slash goal

The Prime Minister yesterday said The Bahamas and wider Caribbean are half-way towards achieving their goal of reducing food imports by 25 percent come 2025.

Chamber chief calls for Caribbean trade boost

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman yesterday called for more intra-regional trade to strengthen Caribbean economies amid ongoing COVID-related supply chain woes.

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Brazilian man charged for $10m drug bust on Long Island

A BRAZILIAN man was taken into custody accused of smuggling more than $10m worth of cocaine through Long Island’s Stella Morris Airport in August.

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Arawak Homes sponsors employee Kaiwan Culmer’s journey to Paris Olympics

ARAWAK Homes Limited announced their decision to sponsor their fellow employee and triple jumper Kaiwan Culmer on his quest to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Bahamas Professional Golf Tour season opens with a bang at Baha Mar

IT was an exciting start to the Bahamas Professional Golf Tour season when Riccardo Davis, founder of the tour, secured the victory at the BPGT Classic in September after some drama on hole 18 ensued between him and David Harris.

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Dunkin’ Donuts donates $10,000 to ‘Junkanoo Jingle to Bay’ 5k Race

DUNKIN’ Donuts Bahamas donated $10,000 towards the ‘Junkanoo Jingle to Bay’ 5k Holiday Race fundraiser to support youth development in The Bahamas.

Tuesday, October 10

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Gardeners celebrate the Beauty of 50

FOUR of the country’s largest garden clubs will combine their talents for a special showcase to commemorate the country’s fifth anniversary of Independence.

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10102023 EDITION

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023.

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Oktoberfest events come to Grand Bahama

GRAND Bahama has added a new festival to its calendar of events: Oktoberfest.

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PETER YOUNG: Refugee Convention facing fierce debate on rules changes for asylum seekers

IT is too soon to offer comment about the terrible events in Israel that unfolded yesterday – the deadliest day Israel as a country has ever known.

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FACE TO FACE: Sharon Martin – advancing the rights of workers and women in the workplace

THE cause of women’s rights in the workplace took on a whole new meaning when, for the first time, a woman was placed at the helm of labour and industrial relations in the country. An agent of change in the unions, Sharon Martin always valued people and fought for their rights as workers to be protected. She made strides and history making moves that have advanced the position of women in unions in The Bahamas.

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A director of Bank of the Bahamas, Mitzi Turnquest, dies

MITZIE Turnquest, a director of the Bank of The Bahamas, died on Saturday after several days of treatment in hospital.

EDITORIAL: Putting troops in harm’s way deserves discussion

THE country appears to be sleepwalking towards committing personnel to Haiti.

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Queen’s College students, teachers and parents pay tribute to Dario Rahming

STUDENTS, teachers and parents gathered on Friday at Queen’s College to pay tribute to Dario Rahming, the head boy who died on the previous Saturday as he attended a basketball practice.

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Families of victims killed by police call for justice and accountability at vigil

THE families of those killed during police-involved shootings renewed their calls for justice, accountability and closure for the beloved victims during a candlelight vigil ceremony on Friday.

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Cruise port predicts 20% visitor surge to over 5m

Nassau Cruise Port is projecting a near-20 percent jump in passenger volumes to over five million for 2024, it revealed yesterday, as it watches for on any fall-out from Carnival’s Grand Bahama plans from 2025 onwards.

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Ex-Sky Bahamas chief’s ‘compliance nightmare’

Sky Bahamas principal says he is enduring “a compliance nightmare” as the now-defunct airline “lives to fight another day” in the battle over its former Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) hangar.

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Central Bank: Don’t send dormant accounts ‘direct’

The Central Bank has told its commercial bank and other licensees to stop sending clients seeking to recover dormant accounts directly to it as such applications must come from the institutions itself.

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Commission says ArawakX ‘squandered the opportunity’

The Securities Commission has accused The Bahamas’ first-ever crowd-funding platform of “squandering the opportunity” to show why it should not be wound-up via the Supreme Court.

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ArawakX slams ‘ridiculous’ capital market threat claim

The Bahamas’ first-ever crowd funding platform has slammed as “ridiculous” assertions that it poses a threat to capital markets integrity while accusing regulators of portraying it as a “Mom and Pop” operation.

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Police search for two suspects after sexual assault

Police are searching for two male suspects responsible for sexually assaulting a 31-year-old woman on Monday night. The incident reportedly occurred around 7pm western New Providence.

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Man shot dead in Yellow Elder Gardens

A 31-year-old man is dead after a shooting incident on Monday night.

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Two killed in murders at weekend

TWO men were killed in separate incidents over the weekend.

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Former Governor General CA Smith hospitalised

FORMER Governor General Sir Cornelius Smith was hospitalised yesterday.

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BPL working now to prevent outages in 2024

AFTER power cuts plagued residents this summer, Transport and Energy Minister JoBeth Coleby-Davis said her ministry is already working to ensure reliable operations next summer.

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Sears looking into raid that left three siblings abandoned

IMMIGRATION Minister Alfred Sears said he ordered an investigation into reports that a 12-year-old boy and his two siblings were left to fend for themselves after immigration officers arrested their mother in the Kool Acres shanty town last week.

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One man dead after boat crash in Abaco

A BOATING accident in Abaco left a man dead on Friday night.

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‘WE THOUGHT WE’D DIE ON THE PLANE’: Bahamian tells of seeing missiles at Israel airport

FIRST, the ground shook. Then, air raid sirens roared, and a voice came over the hotel intercom: “Please, everyone evacuate. Come immediately to the staircase. We’re under attack.”

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Scotiabank playing its part in climate change battles

The recent spate of mega storms, hurricanes and other natural disasters in the Caribbean has served as a stark reminder of how our way of life is affecting the climate. It is a wake-up call for us to seriously reconsider our treatment of planet earth.

UK trade mission’s $1.3bn deals forecast ‘conservative’

Organisers of the first UK trade mission to The Bahamas in 20 years say the possibility it will yield some $1.3bn worth of business deals is “conservative” given the multiple opportunities that arose.

Electricity bill doubling ‘holds back everything’

An Abaco poultry farm says high electricity costs are “holding back everything” after its light bill doubled to $14,000 over the summer.

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Is good news really good news?


Despite the tight monetary policy, the boom in the US job market continues unabated and is once again fuelling concerns about further interest rate hikes among financial markets players. A total of 336,000 new non-farm jobs were added, almost twice as many as many economists had expected. In addition, according to revised government data, there were around 120,000 more jobs in August and July than initially reported.

Governance reformers raise anti-corruption Bills ‘concern’

A governance reformer says the omission of anti-corruption legislation from the Speech from the Throne “raises some concerns” about the Government’s upcoming legislative agenda.

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3Lynx Boyz, Eagles earn championship titles at the BFFL Heroes Tournament

THE Grand Bahama 3Lynx Boyz and Eagles are the 2023 men and women’s champions of the Bahamas Flag Football League (BFFL) Heroes Tournament.

Wilchcombe was an ideal politician

I WAS shocked to have learned of what I consider to be the most untimely death of the late Hon. Obediah Hercules Wilchombe, the former MP for West End and Bimini. “Obie”, as he was affectionately and universally known, was the consummate politician and “servant” of the people of The Bahamas. As a very energetic individual, he was a prime example of what the ideal politician should be for his constituents. He served well and will, I am sure, be sorely missed.

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Double champions crowned at the BLTA Senior Nationals

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) Senior Nationals saw champions crowned after three days of competition ended yesterday.

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Customs reform vital to greater prosperity

In an increasingly interconnected world, international trade serves as the backbone of economic growth and development for multiple nations . For The Bahamas, a nation of islands in the Caribbean, trade holds the key to unlocking its economic potential. To achieve this, one crucial aspect demands attention: Reform of Customs processes. Streamlining Customs procedures can catalyse economic growth, enhance competitiveness and foster a thriving business environment in The Bahamas.

Govt needs to redo road works

LYFORD Cay Road approaching shopping centre … yes, you raised the road to avoid flooding work including asphalting very, very sub-standard … again please Public Works make the contractor remake.

A tribute to a fine man, Obie

“The passing of Obediah Hercules Wilchcombe shocks Bahamian Community.”

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Jones and Liberty lose WNBA Finals opener

Grand Bahama native Jonquel Jones and the New York Liberty were handed a 17-point blowout loss in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Finals opener.

Monday, October 9

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ABACO BOAT ACCIDENT UPDATE: Search and rescue efforts discontinued, all persons accounted for

MONDAY UPDATE: The search and rescue efforts have been discontinued as all persons have been accounted for. Additionally, the persons who sought medical attention in New Providence were treated and discharged. Passengers on board the vessel were Bahamians, Haitians, Guyanese, and Hispanics.

Sunday, October 8

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Man stabbed to death

A MAN was found stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon in Rosebud Street - with his body being found by a nearby resident.

Saturday, October 7

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American woman thought to have drowned while snorkelling

An American woman has died in an apparent drowning during a snorkelling expedition at Rose Island.

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PM pays tribute after death of Mitzie Turnquest

MITZIE Turnquest, a director of the Bank of The Bahamas, died on Saturday after several days of treatment in hospital.

Friday, October 6

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Police investigate after three injured in two separate fires

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding two separate structural fires that injured three adults on Thursday. The first incident occurred at around 3.45pm, when police were called to a single storey business establishment off Wulff Road that was engulfed in flames.

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State Funeral to be held for Obie Wilchcombe on October 12

The Cabinet Office announced on Friday that a State Funeral will be held for the late Obie Wilchcombe, Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian, on Thursday, October 12 at 11.00am at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street.

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10062023 WEEKEND

Friday, 6th October, 2023.

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Man accused of possession of unlicensed firearm

A 29-year-old Freeport man accused of possessing an unlicensed firearm was charged this week in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court.

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10062023 EDITION

Friday, 6th October, 2023.

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Diane Phillips: There’s a hero inside us all

IF you are not busy, stop a minute, please. Find a mirror. Forget how your hair looks. Don’t worry about your collar. Pay no attention to the spot on your shirt where the tea spilled or the shoe where the little mischievous one decided your tennis shoe was as good a canvas as any and scribbled with crayon while you were cooking.

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Eric Wiberg – Taxied to beach, hit trees and sank

TAXIED to beach, hit trees, and sank: these seven words encapsulate a bad day for a dozen men.

EDITORIAL: Disturbing situations emerge in shanty town crackdown

IN the aftermath of the swoop by immigration on the Kool Acres shanty town on Monday, The Tribune went to speak to residents there.

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Halkitis: Prison construction not approved yet, may be built incrementally

ECONOMIC Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis said Cabinet has not yet approved the construction of new prison facilities, saying the structures may have to be built incrementally to spread costs.

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‘Irresistible inference’ ArawakX misused client funds to pay bills

ArawakX’s use of a loan from its largest investor to pay sums due to crowd-funding issuers and subscribers creates “the irresistible inference” it was using client funds to cover operating expenses, regulators charged yesterday.

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Bahamian’s action on $28m FTX aircraft ‘nonsensical’

FTX’s US chief yesterday branded a Bahamian entrepreneur’s bid to protect his rights over aircraft worth $28m as “nonsensical” and sought to dismiss his “oral ‘handshake deal’” with Sam Bankman-Fried.

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Many petroleum retailers 'close to giving keys back’

Multiple Bahamian petroleum retailers were yesterday said to be on the verge of “closing the doors and giving the keys back” within a month unless the Government finally delivers on a margin increase.

Regulator: ArawakX portal provider owed $28k debts

ArawakX’s assertion that it faces no creditor demands is contradicted by complaints it has failed for months to settle a $28,000 bill due to the firm that serviced its crowd-funding portal, regulators alleged yesterday.

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Stem cell overhaul ‘no game changer’

The Free National Movement’s (FNM) chairman yesterday said the Government’s plans to overhaul the Stem Cell Therapy and Research Act are unlikely to be “a game changer” for healthcare or the economy.

BMMC to break ground soon in Freeport, expects to employ 30

THE Bahamas Mineral Manufacturing Corporation Ltd expects to soon break ground in Freeport for a new mineral processing and manufacturing plant and expects to hire 30 people during the startup phase.

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Secret Sound winners

THE winners of this year’s Secret Sound competition from 100JAMZ have been announced.

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‘No one doing anything for West end’ as vote looms

NO more jobs. No gas station. No relief from giant potholes in the road.

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‘Hunger should not be a barrier to learning’

HUNGER should not prevent any child from attending school, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said as the government’s new free breakfast programme was launched on Monday.

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‘Govt should be compliant on procurement law by year’s end‘

THE government is still not complying with the Public Procurement Act’s requirement to be transparent about contract awards, with Economic Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis saying this should change before the end of the year.

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Christian Council shows up at ‘LGBT’ lecture it opposed

ALL was calm when a sociologist delivered a lecture at a University of The Bahamas LGBT-related forum yesterday until officials opened the floor for questions and answers.

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BOY: IMMIGRATION TOOK MY MUMMY – Twelve-year-old tells how siblings left to fend for themselves after raid

A 12-year-old boy and his two siblings are fending for themselves after immigration officers apprehended their mother while posting eviction notices in the Kool Acres shanty town on Monday.

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Man fined $600 for possession of marijuana, another man fined $500

A MAN was fined $600 after admitting to having over six and a half ounces of marijuana in his house earlier this week.

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Two teens accused of armed robbery of a food store remain on bail

TWO teenagers are accused of robbing a food store last year of $700.

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Man granted $10,000 bail after being accused of firing a gun at another man

AN Exuma man was granted $10,000 bail yesterday after allegedly firing a gun in the direction of a man with whom he fought.

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IAN FERGUSON: Navigating challenges in family-owned businesses

Global research confirms that only 30 percent of all family-owned businesses survive into the second generation, while just 12 percent survive into a third. The Bahamian context is perhaps not too far from these statistics and, while we chalk most of this reality down to a lack of succession, there are any number of variables that contribute to this outcome.

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Boost social services with 1% high-end property levy

The Bahamas should raise extra revenue to finance social services by levying a 1 percent tax on all real estate purchases by wealthy investors, a well-known realtor is urging.

Funeral homes: Regulation requiring ‘proper structure’

Bahamian funeral homes yesterday said the Government's plans to introduce a regulatory framework for the industry must create "a proper structure" that only permits persons with the required qualifications to practice.

Bahamas eyes it usage for poaching crackdown

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the Government will be looking to information technology (IT) to aid The Bahamas' battle against poachers and illegal fishing vessels.

Minister: 'No desire' to avoid Procurement Act mandates

A Cabinet minister yesterday asserted there was "never any sort of desire or intention to circumvent" the Public Procurement Act's requirements as he blamed any non-compliance on the need to put in place supporting infrastructure.

Chamber chair: Gov't must go further with legislative agenda

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation's (BCCEC) chairman yesterday voiced concern over what she branded a "lack of substantial support" for the private sector in the Speech from the Throne.

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Youth Flag Football clinic on Harbour Island was a success

THE Bahamas Youth Flag Football League (BYFFL) partnered with the newly formed Barracudas Flag Football Club in Harbour Island to host a successful training clinic last weekend.

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Addressing Sudden Death in Youth Sports: A Call for Vigilance and Preparedness

IN the wake of recent tragic events, including the devastating loss of a local student during basketball practice in the Bahamas and other similar incidents across the United States, it is imperative to shine a light on the sobering issue of sudden death in youth sports.

NPBA regular season starts Nov 11

THE New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) regular season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, November 11. The league’s opening night will be hosted at the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium which is expected to be one of the facilities utilised for a few of the games this season.

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Jonquel returns to WNBA Finals

Grand Bahama native Jonquel Jones will make her return to the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Finals with the New York Liberty this Sunday versus the league’s defending champions - the Las Vegas Aces.

Caribbean agriculture event to feature marijuana discussions

A Cabinet minister yesterday said talks on marijuana cultivation and the accompanying regulatory regime will be held with regional leaders at the upcoming Caribbean Week of Agriculture.

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Man on bail for murder granted bail after failure to charge ankle monitor

A MAN on bail for trying to murder a woman was once again granted bail after he allegedly failed to charge his monitoring device.

‘Things are good’ is fake news

This is a letter to the editor of both The Guardian and The Tribune, our major Bahamian newspapers. Recently, we have heard the widespread accusations of Fake News against the major global news organisations, such as Fox News. Fox just lost a major court case, ordered to pay over $787,000,000 in damages for their sins.

Speech a re-run of Pindling era

Speech from The Throne a day after. Slept on the images and speech … 2000 people assembled and you could hear a needle drop throughout the speech, the lack of applause was stunning, the politicos and PR folks must have shuddered in their shoes.

Thursday, October 5

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FRONT PORCH – Bahamas Christian Council: an object lesson on intolerence

BAHAMAS Christian Council President Bishop Delton Fernander, who has become expert at being unwitting, has unwittingly done the country a blessed favour.

STATESIDE: Historic first as McCarthy ousted as Speaker

Maybe you heard. Something happened in Washington on Tuesday evening that had never before occurred in the legislative history of the United States. The American House of Representatives overthrew its leader (called the “Speaker”) by a simple majority vote of 216-210, with every Democrat present joining eight rebellious right-wing Republicans to unhorse Kevin McCarthy after only eight months in the job.

EDITORIAL: What was said, and what was not said

WHEN Parliament was prorogued, it came as something of a surprise.

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COI protest: Demands govt fire Keith Bell, and they are ‘standing up for straight Bahamians’

DOZENS of Coalition of Independents supporters, led by leader Lincoln Bain, protested on Bay Street as Parliament reopened yesterday.

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Pintard says Governor General’s speech failed to address critical issues

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard said yesterday’s Speech from the Throne failed to address critical issues and was filled with “recycled” commitments.

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ArawakX won’t give top investor his 22%

The Bahamas’ first-ever crowd-funding platform plans to bar its largest investor from taking a 22 percent equity stake in the business following the fall-out that triggered its present regulatory woes.

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Hotel expansion: ‘All our fears come true’

Two prominent Bahamian businessmen yesterday voiced fears their area’s property values will be undermined if a Bahamian hotel’s planned expansion worsens existing traffic and noise woes, adding: “All our fears have come true.”

Development Plan’s ‘final 20%’ target year-end for completion

The final “20 percent” of The Bahamas’ National Development Plan (NDP) is being targeted for completion before year-end, it was revealed yesterday, as the Davis administration moves to give it the full force of statute law.

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Local govt changes coming but no mention of New Providence

THE Davis administration pledged to change the local government law to enhance the institution in Family Islands, but said nothing about introducing local government in New Providence during yesterday’s Speech from The Throne.

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Bank of The Bahamas Director taken to hospital

The family of Mitzi Turnquest asked for prayers last night as the Bank of The Bahamas director was rushed to hospital.

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Central Bank drops 2024 cheque elimination target

The Central Bank has abandoned its original target of eliminating paper cheque use by year-end 2024 because “a compelling fraction” of Bahamians need more time to adjust, its governor affirmed yesterday.

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Defence Force officers expected to be sent to Haiti already selected

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said the 150 officers expected to be sent to Haiti for a multi-national security mission have already been chosen and trained.

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Speech from the Throne: National Service Bill to be introduced to help young people ‘reach their potential’

THE Davis administration will introduce a National Service Bill, inviting young people to register for national service.

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Speech from the Throne: Immigration Act amendment announced, but only covering Detention Centre procedures

THE Davis administration pledged to amend the Immigration Act and introduce regulations to govern procedures at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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Speech from the Throne: Free wi-fi for low income communities

THE Davis administration has committed to providing low-income communities free internet access.

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Speech from the Throne: Davis administration pledges to complete and table a National Development Plan

THE Davis administration has pledged to introduce a Bahamas National Development Plan bill in the House of Assembly, potentially bringing the country closer to finishing a process that began under the last Christie administration.

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Man accused of two counts of attempted housebreaking granted $3,000 bail

A MAN was granted $3,000 bail after he allegedly attempted twice to break into a man’s house on West Bay Street last week.

Withdraw planning application

I read with interest the comments of Oniel Khosa, owner of the Stone’s Throw Away hotel, regarding his proposed development of a grocery store and café (and “F&B, etc” whatever that means) in a low-density, quaint, residential area.

Investment bank grew fund by $100m during COVID-19

A Bahamian investment bank yesterday acknowledged it was among COVID's beneficiaries as one of its investment funds grew by more than $100m due to the higher returns it offered.

Not everything in speech' says AG as he pledges anti-corruption laws

ANTI-CORRUPTION legislation such as the ombudsman bill will still be tabled during the new Parliamentary session, according to Attorney General Ryan Pinder - although it was not mentioned during the reading of the Speech from the Throne yesterday.

Digital provider seeks Out Island pay-kiosk partners

A Bahamian digital payments provider yesterday said it is rapidly expanding its network of Family Island fast-pay kiosks as requests to partner with it continue to mount.

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‘Buddy’ focused on training camp amid contract talks

INDIANA Pacers shooting guard Chavano “Buddy” Hield is focused on training camp despite ongoing conversations surrounding his contract extension with the team.

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GSSSA volleyball season on tap at three gymnasiums

Junior and senior teams compete for spot in the playoffs

THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) volleyball season got underway this Monday and action continued yesterday across three gymnasiums.

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Hinzey named assistant coach for Huskies

BAHAMIAN Latrel Hinzey has recently been added to the Haldimand Huskies Basketball Club coaching staff as an assistant coach. The Ontario team earned three division championships in the under-15 (U15), under-17 (U17), and under-19 (U19) categories of the Ontario Cup Provincial Championships this year.

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Miller to serve as a technical delegate for Pan Am Games

FOR the third consecutive time, former Bahamas Olympic Committee president Wellington Miller will serve as a technical delegate for the Pan American Games.

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Chisholm Jr, Marlins lose Wild Card Series

Phillies sweep Marlins to earn NL Division Series rematch with MLB-best Braves

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryson Stott crushed the second grand slam in Philadelphia Phillies postseason history and Aaron Nola tossed seven shutout innings in a performance worthy of a postseason ace that led to a 7-1 win and a two-game sweep over the Miami Marlins in their NL Wild Card Series last night.

Insanely light gun sentence

In July, a couple in the Cayman Islands were sentenced to 11.5 and 10 years respectively for being found with a single firearm in their apartment.

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Two teens ordered to pay another $2,500 after pleading guilty to grievous harm charge

TWO teen boys were each ordered to pay another teenager $2,500 after admitting to jumping and seriously injuring him last weekend in Victoria Gardens.

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Man on prison sentence for firearm possession loses appeal

A MAN’s 28-month firearm prison term was upheld yesterday after the Court of Appeal found there was little chance of him successfully overturning the sentence.

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Teen sent to Simpson Penn Centre for boys after allegedly stabbing another boy in the chest

A 16-year-old boy was sent to Simpson Penn Centre for Boys after allegedly stabbing a neighborhood boy in his chest last week.

Govt still ‘working on the numbers’ for cost of Independence celebrations

JACK Thompson, the permanent secretary of the Independence Secretariat, said officials are not finished determining the cost of this year’s independence anniversary celebrations.

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Developing the softer side in technical skills training

Business leaders and those charged with the responsibility for hiring workers have an old saying that sums up the proficiencies needed for employment. “Hard skills will get you the interview; soft skills will get you the job."

Economic security high on Gov't list as GG sets out legislative agenda

The Government pledged to focus on economic security yesterday as one of the three key pillars of national development outlined during the speech from the throne, read by Governor General Cynthia “Mother” Pratt.

Seasonal house committees announced by House Speaker, Pintard protests two appointees to PAC

HOUSE Speaker Patricia Deveaux announced the composition of the House of Assembly’s seasonal committee yesterday as Parliament reopened.

Valid complaints

I am a resident of the Gambier Heights Subdivision.

In solidarity

We write to state our solidarity with our small community (Gambier Heights and Tropical Gardens) in its contest of the proposed expansion of A Stone’s Throw Away development which will incur a rezoning of our quiet residential space to commercial.

Wednesday, October 4

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Glover-Rolle: ‘We’re actively working towards’ introducing a liveable wage

LABOUR and Public Service Minister Pia Glover-Rolle said government is still working toward introducing a livable wage to fulfil a pledge the Progressive Liberal Party made in the 2021 Blueprint for Change manifesto.

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ALICIA WALLACE: ‘Anti-rights’ group predictably threatened by conversation

THE misleader who speaks for the anti-rights group —which claims to be a Christian organisation — is at it again. This time, he and those of his ilk feel threatened by an event that has nothing to do with them. They consistently demonstrate that they believe they are the main characters in a story and the plot must centre on them. When anything happens that does not advance what they believe the plot to be, it is a problem for them. They then decide to make their problem a problem for everyone else. It would not matter much if they did not bring their problems to the rest of the country with vitriol and violence.

EDITORIAL: Dubious allegations on Bahamas in book on FTX founder

AFTER much anticipation, the new book about Sam Bankman-Fried, the figurehead behind FTX who led it to its spectacular implosion, has been released – just in time for his trial to begin.

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Govt to settle logistics for troops as UN approves mission to Haiti

AFTER the United Nations Security Council approved a year-long multi-national security mission to Haiti on Monday, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said his administration will now settle logistical issues related to sending troops abroad.

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Voter registration off to slow start in West Grand Bahama for upcoming by-election

VOTER registration in West Grand Bahama ahead of a by-election has got off to a slow start.

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‘Why would I kill Nassau’s quaintest hotel property?’

A Bahamas hotel proprietor last night said he would be “killing” his $500 per night core business and status as the “quaintest” property in Nassau if the complaints of nearby residents were at all valid.

Residents put ‘strong case’ against resort

Residents of two western New Providence communities were yesterday said to feel they have “made a very strong case” against rezoning a West Bay Street property to facilitate a hotel’s expansion plans.

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Rating agencies set ‘true north’ on Bahamas reform

International credit rating agencies have set “almost a true north” for The Bahamas to reach when it comes to key economic and fiscal reforms, a governance reformer argued yesterday.

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Cabinet minister’s estate battling radio show host

A former Cabinet minister’s estate is locked in a legal battle with a well-known radio talk show host over who is the rightful owner of two lots that are accessed through Gibbs Corner.

America OAS representative says US and Bahamas ‘on same page’ on climate issue

FRANK Mora, the United States ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), said The Bahamas and the US are on the same page regarding the need to combat climate change.

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Wanted for stealing by reason of service

GRAND Bahama police are searching for a man accused of stealing by reason of service.

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Tears and tributes for friend Obie Wilchcombe

THE Progressive Liberal Party paid tribute to Obie Wilchcombe at the Sir Lynden Pindling Centre last night, the PLP headquarters named after the nation builder Wilchcombe studied, emulated and revered throughout his life.

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Health insurance costs rise ‘across the board’

Bahamian companies and individuals are facing “across the board” increases in health insurance premiums as a result of up-to double digit increases in medical and reinsurance costs, it was revealed yesterday.

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‘Eleuthera boy’s death not due to dengue’

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville said officials are investigating the death of a 17-year-old Central Eleuthera High School student, denying the mother’s claim that the boy tested positive for Dengue fever.

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Dashed dreams as book tells how FTX staff fled

FOREIGN FTX workers reportedly rushed out of The Bahamas as legal woes ensnared the company last year, leaving behind dreams and pricey valuables.

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28 DAYS TO QUIT SHANTY HOMES: 60 detained as eviction notices posted by govt

AUTHORITIES posted eviction notices throughout two unregulated communities in New Providence on Monday as the Davis administration restarts its effort to eradicate shanty towns.

Bain and Grants Town Cybots win title

THE Bain and Grants Town Cybots followed up their undefeated regular season with a Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association (BGDBA) title win on Monday.

Moody’s 3% growth forecast ‘not strange’

A former Cabinet minister yesterday said Moody’s forecast of 3 percent economic growth for The Bahamas in 2023 is “nothing strange” and reflects the country’s reversion to traditional performance after the post-COVID recovery.

Climate finance must meet storm recovery challenges

The Prime Minister yesterday called for climate change solutions to account for the vast costs imposed on The Bahamas and other small island states in trying to rebuild from catastrophic hurricanes.

UK diplomat: ‘Just not true’ that US cheaper

The UK’s top diplomat in The Bahamas says it is “just not true” that US goods and services are automatically cheaper due to the tariff-eliminating trade agreement between London and Nassau.

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American man charged with causing harm to a woman

AN American man was granted $1,000 bail after allegedly injuring a woman during a physical altercation earlier this week.

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Father and son charged with assault with a deadly weapon

A FATHER and son allegedly assaulted two people with a gun last week.

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Man charged with attempted murder

A MAN is behind bars after allegedly shooting a man who was repairing his generator.

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Over four-year sentence after man found with eight guns and 900 rounds of ammo

AN Office of the Prime Minister employee was sentenced to four and a half years in prison yesterday after admitting to having eight firearms and over 900 rounds of ammunition.

Referenda a way to test the waters

The Letter to the Editor – Voter against Govt., not citizenship and signed D Rolle - is a great comment as politicians and their advisers incorrectly have decided to risk, at your political life, taking a further referendum. Nothing to fear if the government of the day has been governing well - no scandals, or has the critical thing that has decided recent elections at a low, so-called arrogance level?

Expect poor service post COVID-19?

From Financial Services through banking to consumer services, The Bahamas needs to be better than the average if not excelling, but are we? Post COVID there is a serious breach of good services.

Tribute to a modern day statesman

“A friend who is near and dear is far more important than any wealth or material possession.”

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Jonquel Jones excited about return to the WNBA Finals with new team

AFTER playing her first six seasons in Connecticut, leading the Sun to the Women’s National Basketball Association Finals last year, Jonquel Jones is excited to be back for an encore this year albeit with her new team in the New York Liberty.

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Bahamian centre Deandre Ayton excited about ‘fresh start’ with Trail Blazers

BAHAMIAN National Basketball Association (NBA) player Deandre Ayton is optimistic about the upcoming 2023-24 season following a three-team trade which landed him with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Pioneer Dawn Knowles to be honoured

THE Bahamas Football Association (BFA) proudly announces the renaming of the esteemed New Providence Primary School Soccer Tournament to the “Dawn N Knowles Primary School Soccer Tournament.”

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‘Jazz’ and Marlins fall in Wild Card Series opener

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Wheeler struck out eight in a sensational effort, José Alvarado preserved the lead with a pivotal strikeout and the Philadelphia Phillies opened a resolute postseason push with a 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins in the opener of their NL Wild Card Series on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, October 3

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Tuesday, 3rd October, 2023.

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THE BTVI STORY: Stepping on up

Kenya Dixon considers the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) a “stepping stone.” She is convinced that it served as a foundation for her to complete her bachelor’s degree and to be the recipient of several promotions.

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Tomlinson triumphs on the waves

Young sailors from around the Bahamas competed in the Fidelity Bahamas Optimist Championship last weekend with Patrick Tomlinson taking home the top prize

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The best way to start the day

Students at the Cleveland Eneas Primary School enjoyed a free breakfast donated by Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM) last week.

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Student spotlight

Kai Harvey is in seventh grade and has enjoyed homeschooling since he began in his kindergarten year, while living in the Cayman Islands in 2015.

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PETER YOUNG: In the short term, the country’s energy security comes first

HAVING written as recently as August in some detail in this column about climate change, I only refer to the subject again today because it has hit the news in Britain following approval last week of a new offshore oil and gas development in the North Sea called Rosebank.

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FACE TO FACE: What is the measure of a man? Remembering Obie Wilchcombe

“THE ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” said Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

EDITORIAL: A vote passed - but what is mission in Haiti?

THE UN Security Council vote yesterday to send a multinational armed force to Haiti brings with it the very real prospect that Bahamian officers could be deployed in a dangerous situation by early next year.

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Officers to be certified in mental health management after recent suicide attempts

POLICE Commissioner Clayton Fernander said he is alarmed by the number of attempted suicides in the past week and wants more officers to become certified in mental health management.

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Seized: Police put guns on display

AN employee of the Office of The Prime Minister and two others, including a 13-year-old boy, will be charged today with illegal possession of firearms.

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Commissioner says police officer that struck boy was reprimanded, fined and removed from frontline duty

A POLICE officer shown in a viral video striking a boy was reportedly reprimanded and ordered to pay a fine.

‘I just thank God’ for new home after fire

ELLEN Sherman and her family were crushed last year when a fire destroyed their home.

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Flamingo Air says employee reprimanded after plane door opens mid-flight

FLAMINGO Air said an employee had been reprimanded after the passenger door of its plane flew open mid-air during a flight.

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Bahamian bank in ‘new territory’ via $42m raise

A Bahamian investment bank yesterday said it has entered “new territory” by spearheading a pan-Caribbean $42m capital raise to fund the renewable ambitions of a conglomerate that owns the local Esso operation.

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Inflation to stay ‘high’ as food costs up 11%

The Central Bank yesterday warned Bahamian consumers that inflation will remain “high” in the near-term, and decline more slowly than in other countries, with food and drink prices rising 11 percent over the year to end-June 2023.

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Parliament blunder on BPL regulatory ‘void’

Regulators are scrambling to fill a “void” created by Parliament in electricity sector supervision which has potentially left Bahamians at the mercy of appliance-destroying voltage and frequency fluctuations without recourse.

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Moody’s backs trimmed 3% Bahamas growth projection

Moody’s yesterday backed forecasts of lower 3 percent economic growth for The Bahamas in 2023 as it noted the Government’s multi-billion refinancing plan almost totally depends on loans and guarantees from multilateral lenders.

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Landlord who suspiciously died after police chase had ‘high concentration of marijuana’ in his system, said COP

TOXICOLOGY test results show that a man who died suspiciously with his 22-month-old son last month had “a high concentration of marijuana” in his system, Police Commissioner Clayton Fernander said yesterday.

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UPDATED: Minister says Central Eleuthera High School student who died was never tested for Dengue fever

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE: Health Minister Dr Michael Darville said the Central Eleuthera High School student who died on Sunday was never tested for Dengue fever and was not prescribed Motrin, contradicting the mother’s claims.

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URCA in crackdown over communications outages

Regulators last night voiced their displeasure with inconsistent and delayed reporting of network outages by Bahamian communications providers as they moved to better protect consumers from such disruption.

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Tears, reflections and tributes for Dario

THE students, faculty and staff of Queen’s College confronted the death of a beloved student leader with tears, reflections and tributes yesterday.

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Sam Bankman-Fried offer to pay national debt ‘never entertained’, says OPM

THE Office of the Prime Minister said Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis never entertained proposals from Sam Bankman-Fried to pay off the country’s national debt.

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‘TROOPS READY FOR FAILED STATE HAITI’: UN approves mission - as Commodore vows ‘minimum casualties’

MONTHS after The Bahamas committed 150 officers to help stop the violence in Haiti and restore stability there, the United Nations Security Council approved a year-long multinational security mission to that country yesterday.

A tribute to Clara & Obie

I’d like to respect the memory of two people who have gone on to glory, both of whom exemplify principles on which we, as a people stand, and must not lose.

GB airport operator working on ‘timeline’

A senior official with Grand Bahama International Airport’s prospective operating partner last night said it is “working very closely” with the Government to make its $200m transformation a reality.

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Two men accused of stealing a vehicle last month each granted bail at $5,000

TWO men were ordered to pay $5,000 bail yesterday after they were accused of stealing a car last month.

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Man fined $2,500 after admitting to wearing unauthorised body armour

A MAN was fined $2,500 yesterday after admitting to wearing unauthorised body armour when police caught him following a brief car chase last week.

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Man gets 18 months in prison after admitting to gun possession, asks judge for leniency

A MAN was sentenced to 18 months in prison yesterday after admitting to having a loaded gun he claims he got from a murder victim shortly after the man was shot in 2021.

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Man accused of attempting to kill two police officers in 2020 and gun possession

A MAN is accused of trying to kill two police officers on Quakoo Street in 2020.

Arawak Cay & Ingraham

Kindly allow me space in your column to express an opinion in reference to Arawak Cay. I believe whenever the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingraham, former Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, passes Arawak Cay, he let’s loose some 500 pound words.

PLP is not doing enough for the people

The governing Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has another chance to act in the best interest of the Bahamian people when Parliament returns on October 4. They have not done enough to improve Bahamian lives since being elected to office two years ago.

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‘Yes I have the power to be drug free’

Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association takes advantage of Bahamas National Drug Council Hobbies Fair

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) participated in the Hobbies Fair hosted by the Bahamas National Drug Council (BNDC).

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Sydney Clarke looking ahead

SENIOR Sydney Clarke and the University of Alabama at Birmingham kicked off their Blazers’ collegiate women’s tennis season in grand style last week, winning the Austin Peay Fall Tournament in Clarkesville, Tennessee.

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Patrick Tomlinson Wins Fidelity Bahamas Optimist National Open Championship

Named Optimist national champion for second time

PATRICK Tomlinson, 13, of New Providence, Bahamas, has won the Fidelity Bahamas Optimist National Open Championship and takes the title of national optimist champion for the second consecutive year.

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Charles W Saunders High School presented with softball equipment

IN showing their appreciation for the support they received for the sixth Bahamas Games, ‘Softball 242’ chief Thomas Sears made a presentation of softball equipment to the athletic department at the Charles W Saunders High School last week.

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Roadmasters get set to stage 11th Annual Bahamas Half Marathon Race Series

BAHAMAS Roadmasters Running Club (BRRC) is busily making final preparations to stage its 11th Annual Bahamas Half Marathon Race Series, scheduled for Sunday, November 19.

Women’s fast-pitch softball tourney Thursday

THE inaugural Softball 242 One Caribbean Invitational Women’s Fast-Pitch Tournament is all set to get underway on Thursday at the Bankers’ Field with three international and three local teams participating.

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Bain and Suarez win doubles title

NAIA Gulf ITA Regional Championships in New Orleans

Despite nursing a slight injury, Bahamian Jacobi Bain and his Xavier University of Louisiana partner Nereo Suarez still managed to win the men’s doubles title at the NAIA Gulf Regional Championships at the XULA Tennis Center in New Orleans.

Monday, October 2

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10022023 EDITION

Monday, 2nd October, 2023.

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THE KDK REPORT: The hour has come – Part 1

BEFORE getting up, my patient Whitney stretched her entire body, rolling over repeatedly making maximum use of her comfortable king-sized bed. Even after a solid seven hours of sleep, she was still yawning and yearned for more rest. It was a typical Saturday morning and she vividly recalls how soft and warm her bed felt particularly since outside was abnormally cool for early September. She turned on her TV to hear the weather report.

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WORLD VIEW: Guyana-Venezuela: the path to peaceful resolution

RECENT intimidatory and aggressive statements issued from Venezuela in the name of President Nicolas Maduro, the Government of Venezuela and the National Assembly concerning Guyana, have raised alarms in the regional, hemispheric and international community.

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INSIGHT: A time to pay respects, but also a time to move forward

THE death of Minister of Social Services, Information and Broadcasting, Obie Wilchcombe, caught the nation by surprise in the past week. No, surprise doesn’t do it justice – shock is the right word.

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Waiting on DPP to see if officers involved in Evans death will face criminal charges

THE lawyer representing the family of a man police killed in what Coroner’s Court jurors determined was a homicide by manslaughter is concerned that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has not indicated whether the officers will be charged with a crime.

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Hands for Hunger’s fundraiser - Paradise Plates - returns with a bang

PARADISE Plates, Hands for Hunger’s signature fundraising event, returned with a bang on Saturday night, attracting more than 1,500 guests who ate food and danced for a worthy cause.

Residents ‘adamantly’ oppose resort’s West Bay expansion

Residents in two western New Providence communities are “adamant” a hotel should not be given permission to re-zone a West Bay Street property as “commercial” so it can develop a grocery store, cafe and other amenities.

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ArawakX blames BOB ‘mislabel’ for fund commingling allegation

The Bahamas’ first-ever crowdfunding platform is alleging that the “mislabeling” of its accounts by a BISX-listed bank created the “prejudicial impression” that it was commingling investor/client funds with its own.

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ArawakX: Our ‘$70m pipeline’ is neglected

ArawakX’s chairman is asserting that regulators are placing too much emphasis on “accounting law” and ignoring “pipeline” business that could be worth up to $7m in fee income for the platform.

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Man dies after Garden Hills shooting

Police are actively investigating a shooting incident that has left a 35-year-old man of Geranium Avenue, Garden Hills dead.

Bahamas can’t pay $4bn costs for climate change

The Bahamas cannot afford the $4bn required to meet its pledged climate change targets without international financial, technology and other “capacity-building” support, it has admitted.

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Toddlers among 14 hurt in Grand Bahama boat crash

A BOATING accident in Grand Bahama injured 14 people yesterday, including three toddlers.

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Tributes after shock death of QC head boy

THE death of Queen’s College head boy Dario Rahming on Saturday sent shockwaves through the school’s community.

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CHURCH PROTESTS PRIDE EVENT AT UB...but the university declares it is free of ‘undue influence’

THE University of the Bahamas declared its independence from “undue influence” yesterday after the Bahamas Christian Council protested an LGBT-related event planned for this month.

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WSC worker killed as water tank collapses

A 42-year-old Water and Sewerage Corporation employee died during a freak accident in Sweeting’s Cay over the weekend.

Who gets money from reparations?

Our Prime Minister has been lauded, both at home and abroad, for his outspokenness on small island states and the need for reparations from the Industrialised countries of the World.

Writ rules not being followed

As the “rookie” member of the Opposition in the House of Assembly, I was still appointed Leader of Opposition Business under the first session of Parliament after the 2021 general elections.

Bahamas Striping and MOW partner with local contractors for Eleuthera clean-up effort

THE Ministry of Works and the Bahamas Striping Group of Companies have partnered with 20 Eleuthera contractors to begin an island-wide clean-up campaign.

Gov’t must strike balance for private sector’s growth

Economic prosperity is a multi-faceted concept that does not solely rely on market forces. Instead, it is a synergy between various elements, and at the heart of this synergy lies the Government. While governments are often associated with regulation and bureaucracy, their impact on economic growth goes far beyond. In this segment, we will explore how governments play a crucial role in facilitating economic growth and improving the overall well-being of their citizens.

Chamber chief calls for ‘business-friendly’ policy

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman yesterday urged the Government to unveil more “business friendly” policies and legislation when Parliament reconvenes this Wednesday.

Bahamas faced with losing ‘material amount’ of funds

The Attorney General has warned that The Bahamas is threatened with losing “a material amount” of its investment funds due to likely tax reforms in Brazil.

BDB’s funding ‘drought’ end with $30m recapitalisation

The Bahamas Development Bank’s (BDB) near two-decade funding “drought” will end through a $30m recapitalisation from the Africa Export-Import Bank.

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Champions crowned at inaugural Welsey Rolle Memorial Invite

IN a number of first-time partnerships, Marvin Rolle and his uncle Larry Rolle emerged as the men’s doubles champions of the inaugural Welsey Rolle Memorial Invitational Tournament yesterday at the Baha Mar Tennis Centre.

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Concherers repeat as champions

Second annual Bahamas Dragon Boat Racing

THE Dragon Concherers successfully defended their A divisional title in the second annual Bahamas Dragon Boat Racing competition in Goodman’s Bay yesterday and they are already talking about coming back next year for a three-peat.

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Jazz hits his 19th home run of the season

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Miami Marlins’ improbable September push will carry into October.

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Jonquel Jones leads New York to first WNBA Finals in 21 years with victory over her former team

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Breanna Stewart and Jonquel Jones have New York back in the WNBA Finals for the first time in more than two decades.

Downtown valet parking seeking permanent spot

The valet parking service implemented for downtown Nassau is aiming to become a permanent feature this Christmas as demand for its service grows.

Sebas e-commerce platform launches courier services

The e-commerce provider owned by Sebas Bastian and his partners has confirmed its expansion into freight forwarding services via a sales tax-free US address.

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DEREK SMITH: How to combat threats to corporate reputation

One of the most significant threats to a company’s long-term viability is reputation risk. This is often referred to as the risk stemming from negative public perceptions. The consequences of a tarnished reputation can be severe and lasting, regardless of how well a company performs in other risk management areas.

Gov’t initiates drain cleaning for downtown flooding relief

The Government is targeting several sectors of downtown Nassau for “short-term fixes” that may provide “temporary relief” from flooding that has plagued the area for decades.

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The price of life


Who wants to live for ever? And how long will I live? If you want to know this, you should have your telomeres examined. These are the sequences at the end of the chromosomes. And the longer the telomeres are, the longer the lifespan. For this discovery, Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack Szostak received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009.