Nassau Guardian Stories

U.S. consultants refining 'Encore' experience
U.S. consultants refining 'Encore' experience

August 14, 2013

As the level of interest rises in a $12 million entertainment complex set for western New Providence, those behind the project have brought in U.S.-based industry consultants to conduct studies on its feasibility, Guardian Business can confirm.

Executives from Phoenix Big Cinemas, the world's largest theater management company and Franklin Designs, known for theater design and build-out, are in Nassau...

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BNT to impose mega yacht fees
BNT to impose mega yacht fees

August 14, 2013

The Bahamas National Trust has engaged consultants to determine what user fees it can impose on mega yachts entering the Exuma Land and Sea Park, with costs to be brought into line with international standards for cruising protected areas to raise financing for the trust...

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Bahamas urged to 'differentiate' to gain captives business

August 14, 2013

The Bahamas must "get on its soap box" and promote itself as "open for business" if it is to begin catching up with regional leaders Bermuda and the Cayman Islands in the captive insurance sector.

Director of Chandler Gilbert Insurance Associates Ltd. Guilden Gilbert said he sees a niche for The Bahamas if it "differentiates" itself from other offshore captives markets, promoting this nation as a price-competitive domicile for "mom and pop" captive insurance management companies in the $250 to $500 million range...

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Dingman investment will be revitalization 'catalyst'

August 14, 2013

The Downtown Nassau Partnership is calling a proposed development of dining and entertainment options by Jamie Dingman at the Elizabeth on Bay Plaza a "catalyst" for downtown's revitalization.

The civic group said it is aware of a number of discussions about other possible investments in the downtown area, but noted yesterday that these are "very preliminary"...

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AG's office speeds up work on oil regulations
AG's office speeds up work on oil regulations

August 14, 2013

The attorney general's office is expediting regulations to govern an oil sector in The Bahamas, moving to have the regulations in place ahead of an initially agreed schedule.

Minister of the Environment Kenred Dorsett said that the attorney general had initially given a timeline of the end of the year, but has committed to speeding up the process after receiving "constant requests from my office to do so..."

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GB MP urges govt on healthcare investment

August 14, 2013

East Grand Bahama Member of Parliament Peter Turnquest is calling on the government to invest in Grand Bahama's healthcare facility, as there continues to be a "shortage of beds".

On Tuesday morning, Turnquest toured the Critical Care Block at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) with other Free National Movement (FNM) parliamentarians...

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Emancipation for all
Emancipation for all

August 14, 2013

"Am I not a man and a brother?" Few of us will remember where this phrase comes from, but we will celebrate the passing of the Emancipation Act.

Emancipation from slavery - a system that said black people, transported from Africa, were not equal, not fully developed as humans, and therefore could be whipped, sold, raped and killed...

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McCartney wants to rejoin the FNM

August 14, 2013

I have a gut feeling that the days of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) are numbered. And this despite the recent announcement by former Free National Movement (FNM) member of Parliament for Bamboo Town and DNA Leader Branville McCartney this past July that DNA executives will meet to determine whether or not a new chairman for his party will be selected before the next general election...

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A call for a national youth service

August 14, 2013

We are at a critical stage in our nation's history. Violent crime has skyrocketed with murder records being set annually. The terrible truth is that Bahamians no longer feel safe - not in their homes, not on the streets, not even in our schools. Our children are growing up in a country in which gun violence is deployed almost casually as a means to resolve disputes in part because there is no national direction...

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Detainees and the reputation of The Bahamas

August 14, 2013

A high-profile international dispute has been playing out for weeks between a group of Cuban detainees and the government of The Bahamas. Protestors from the Miami-based Cuban advocacy group Democracy Movement even engaged in a hunger strike over the alleged abuse of Cuban detainees in The Bahamas at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre...

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Bowe denies murder claim
Bowe denies murder claim

August 14, 2013

The man Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller claimed is responsible for the 2002 murder of his son Mario yesterday denied the "scurrilous remarks" and challenged Miller to make his claims outside Parliament where he has no legal protection.

"I had absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Miller's son's death in any form," Dion Bowe told The Nassau Guardian in an interview at the office of his attorney, Wayne Munroe...

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PM says Miller wrong to make claims in House
PM says Miller wrong to make claims in House

August 14, 2013

Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday parliamentary privilege should not be used to accuse someone of a crime, and added that he does not want his government or members of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) to be drawn into discussions about a person's innocence or guilt...

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Former constable denied bail on extortion charge
Former constable denied bail on extortion charge

August 14, 2013

A policeman facing an extortion charge has been remanded to prison.

Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade dismissed Demetrius Hepburn from the police force shortly before his arraignment yesterday afternoon...

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FNM MPs defend absence

August 14, 2013

Several opposition MPs who boycotted Monday's sitting of the House yesterday dismissed the criticisms leveled at them in recent days, and hit back at one MP who suggested that they should be penalized as a result of their absence.

All but one Free National Movement MP failed to show up in Parliament...

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Illegal migrants on two Haitian sloops apprehended
Illegal migrants on two Haitian sloops apprehended

August 14, 2013

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force reported yesterday that two Haitian sloops were found in Bahamian waters.

The first sloop, which was found sometime after 5 a.m., made landfall in the southwestern area of New Providence...

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Minnis calls Gomez hospital critique embarrassing
Minnis calls Gomez hospital critique embarrassing

August 14, 2013

Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that he is "embarrassed" by Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez's lack of knowledge about the construction of the multi-million Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH)...

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Mitchell: No word from Panama on Cubans
Mitchell: No word from Panama on Cubans

August 14, 2013

The government has received no formal word from Panama that it intends to offer humanitarian exile to 19 Cuban nationals detained here, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell confirmed yesterday.

Honorary Consul General of Panama to The Bahamas David McGrath...

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Speaker hits back at FNM claims he violated House procedure
Speaker hits back at FNM claims he violated House procedure

August 14, 2013

Speaker of the House Dr. Kendal Major yesterday rebutted claims from the opposition that he did not adhere to parliamentary procedure when he named and suspended Free National Movement Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis from the House of Assembly last week...

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Inquest into death during drug bust delayed

August 14, 2013

A coroner's inquest into the circumstances of the death of a man who died during a drug bust has been adjourned to a date to be determined.

Anthony Gibson, 36, was reportedly aboard a boat off South Bimini that was being chased by the Drug Enforcement Unit on May 27, 2011...

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