Nassau Guardian Stories

Eco focus for Swiss resort developer

February 03, 2016

Swiss entrepreneur and businesswoman Dona Bertarelli has signed a heads of agreement for a $200 million project in Exuma which she said will anchor "the next stage in a long-term strategy to develop an international collection of ultra luxury hotels", of which the as-yet-unnamed Exuma resort will be "the centerpiece".

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RBC to 'consolidate' credit card services to Trinidad

February 03, 2016

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) yesterday confirmed the closure of the bank's credit card center in Nassau, saying in a press statement that "a thorough review of our credit card operations in The Bahamas" led to the decision to "consolidate" the credit card center in The Bahamas to operations in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Mall renovation continues, 2M to date

February 03, 2016

Mall at Marathon officials yesterday announced that the next phase of a multi-year, multimillion-dollar expansion and enhancement will be "taken to the next level" with the remodelling and renovation of the mall's main entrance and the "immediate and related mall corridor".

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2015 a record year for Caribbean hotels

February 03, 2016

STR Inc., a hotel and travel analytics powerhouse, has reported record-breaking results in two of the three key performance metrics for the Caribbean hotel industry in 2015.

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Murder convict on the loose

February 03, 2016

Police were on the hunt last night for a convicted murderer who escaped from a police bus in the area of York Street and East Bay Street.

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Miller urges PM to call snap election

February 03, 2016

Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller said yesterday that Prime Minister Perry Christie should call an early election and take advantage of the Free National Movement (FNM) during its "weakest hour".

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Minnis: Time to stop 'airing of dirty laundry'

February 03, 2016

Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis last night urged supporters and party members to put aside their "petty differences" and stop the "constant internal bickering" and "airing of our dirty laundry".

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SkyBahamas makes emergency landing after engine failure

February 03, 2016

A SkyBahamas Saab 340 B airplane en route to Freeport, Grand Bahama yesterday morning had to divert back to New Providence after the pilots heard something strange and had to shut off one of the engines, SkyBahamas CEO Randy Butler confirmed yesterday.

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Five charged after Inagua drug bust

February 03, 2016

Four Haitians and a Bahamian of Haitian descent were charged yesterday in connection with last week's seizure of 21 kilos of cocaine.

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Man accused of teacher's murder sentenced for gun charge

February 03, 2016

A man accused of three murders was yesterday sentenced to three years' imprisonment for unauthorized possession of a loaded 9mm pistol.

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AG on wrong side of death penalty debate

February 03, 2016

It was unfortunate to read the comments of Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson in this newspaper on Tuesday. Rather than emphasizing to Bahamians that the death penalty is finished in The Bahamas and that we should move on from it, she was going on about how the bureaucratic process in the criminal justice system could be improved to ensure the punishment is carried out.

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Tired of Butler-Turner and her supporters

February 03, 2016

Dear Editor, I am an FNM. I feel Loretta Butler-Turner and her band of merry men need to cease and desist with their foolish distractions.

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Truth, facts and interpretations

February 03, 2016

Dear Editor, There are a lot of quotes about the truth. And like any good quote they are immediately applicable to our society.

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Rescuing a community

February 03, 2016

A good friend of mine who is a retired civil servant told me that her home on Man-O-War Circle was ransacked by burglars. This unfortunate incident occurred a little over a week ago.

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Talk isn't always cheap

February 03, 2016

Don't let anyone fool you. If you are running for public office it helps to be a good talker. The higher the office you seek the better a talker you must be.

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Some residents feel forgotten months after Rubis controversy

February 03, 2016

More than six months after the government led health screening for residents of Marathon in the aftermath of a underground gas spill, several Old Trail Road residents said yesterday they feel forgotten and expressed misgivings about the government's announcement that there are no long-term health risks to those residents.
Consultants Black and Veatch concluded in a report that residents who live near the Rubis Bahamas Limited station on Robinson Road and Old Trail Road, and people who work in adjacent buildings were exposed to chemicals that could create health risks.
The government sat on that report for more than a year.
It finally released it after residents expressed outrage at a town meeting last April.
The government subsequently expressed regret for failing to release the report sooner.
It announced late last year that residents of Marathon had a "clean bill of health" based on remediation efforts, screenings, samples taken in 2014 and 2015, and the assessment of international bodies.
Ted Forbes, owner of Picture 21 Studio, acknowledged the government's statement, but suggested that its handling of the spill, particularly the report, damaged the government's credibility on the matter.
"How can we settle on the information?" he asked.
"I think the whole thing was not serious.
"There has been not a word on it since the screenings.
"And the screenings were not set up properly in the first place."
Forbes, who lives with his 23-year-old daughter, said before being connected to city water he and his daughter used the ground water to bathe in and wash food.
In a document titled "Report To The Nation: The Oil Spill in Marathon", the ministries of health and environment pledged to "continue testing and monitoring for the next several years under the advisement of international environmental consultants" and provide regular updates to the public.
The document said based on the health screenings there was "no significant adverse effects on the persons tested".
But Lillian Russell, a resident of Old Trail Road for over 40 years, who was among the residents who were tested last year, said no officials have contacted her about further testing.
Despite the 'clean bill of health' statement, Russell said she is hoping to sell her home and move out of Marathon because of concerns about fumes and a potential spill in the future.
"The testing was a waste of time as it would not prove anything, but like everything else we still got tested" Russell said.
"... The government should be accountable for what it said it would do.
"Rubis has also gone back to being silent. Who knows what's going on."
Haslemere Road resident Trevor Sangster also insisted that without further testing in the months and years to come long-term health affects may go undetected until the eleventh hour.
"Don't just test once and just drop the ball there," he said.
"Come back and let us know what's going on. We have been left out of the loop since day one and we don't know what's happening.
"They need to say x, y, and z is being done.
"As a community we ought to know."

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Pintard: Leader will move to unite FNM

February 03, 2016

Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis will meet with his parliamentary team and constituency associations to clear the air and ensure the party is united, FNM Chairman Michael Pintard said yesterday.

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FNM meets to discuss MPs

February 02, 2016

The Executive Committee of the Free National Movement (FNM) held an emergency meeting last night "to consider among other things the recent press statement of four MPs in contravention of the views of the Executive [Committee] and Central Council of the party".

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Opposition the 'weakest in decades'

February 02, 2016

Former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) MP Philip Galanis said yesterday the Official Opposition led by Dr. Hubert Minnis is the weakest the country has seen in decades.

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Greenslade says he's not lost in crime fight

February 02, 2016

Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said he is not lost on how to fight crime and has a fair understanding of what the police should be doing, but said the police can not do it alone.

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