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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville officially opened Bethel's Bookstore on Monday, December 10, telling listeners how pleased he was to see Bahamians investing in the island.
On Saturday, Feb 28, 2009, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Minister of National Security with Responsibility for Broadcasting Tommy Turnquest were present and spoke during the official opening of the new TV station BCN – Bahama Christian Network – in Murphy Town, Abaco. The station, owned and operated by Radio Abaco broadcaster Silbert Mills, was made possible through its granting of a national television license which was received late in 2008.
The Government of The Bahamas has approved the expenditure of almost twenty-one thousand dollars for a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System for Central Police Station in downtown Nassau, Minister of National Security, the Hon. O.A.T. “Tommy” Turnquest said
The Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association (BPRA) voted to strike last night because the government would not increase fuel sales margins the retailers claim are unfair. The gasoline retailers gathered at the British Colonial Hilton where 25 retailers, representing 85 percent of the service stations in New Providence, agreed to stop purchasing gasoline from their suppliers until the government increases their sales margins.
"We no longer will use our funds to buy a product that we have to sell at a loss," said the group's margin relief chairman Oswald Moore. "Once we strike it means that whenever we break that strike we expect to be in a position to sell our products at a profit."
Moore said the BPRA has asked the government to increase the sales margins for retailers to $0.74 per gallon for gasoline and $0.47 per gallon for diesel.
Their sales margins now are $0.44 per gallon for gasoline and $0.19 per gallon for diesel.
Moore said they have been mistreated, as the fuel margins have not changed in over 30 years.
"We have borrowed as much money as we can borrow and we have subsidized the industry as long as we can and we can no longer do so," said Moore.
Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour, whose portfolio covers petrol, told The Nassau Guardian yesterday before the strike vote that the government is considering the issue of raising the margins. However, he could not say definitively if the margins would be increased.
The retailers said last night that they are tired of waiting for the government to make the move and they have decided to come together to force the government's hand through a strike.
"The decision to strike tonight means that we need a positive end to the journey we have been on," said BPRA interim president Philip Kemp. "We need relief and we're very serious about it."
Moore said the retailers have gone into debt attempting to keep their stations afloat under the current margins.
"We have had a lot of meetings already," he said. "We are at a position right now where the banks are calling to put us out of business. We cannot operate under that stress any longer."
There are, however, some service stations not directly affiliated with the BPRA.
At least one gas station owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said he will keep his station open during the strike.
The retailers would not say when their strike would officially begin. However, they said they would allow for a cooling off period of a few days before action is taken.
By DANA SMITH
A GAS station owner was shot in the face Monday morning in an attempted armed robbery at his Esso station on Wulff Road and Montrose Avenue, but managed to drive himself to the hospital.
George Cartwright, 51, was on his way to make a deposit when he was approached by two men demanding cash.
The incident ended with Mr Cartwright being shot in the jaw and no money being taken.
According to a cashier at the station, who wished to remain anonymous, Mr Cartwright was sitting in his car in the station parking lot when the incident occurred.
Edna, another Esso employee, who was working inside the store when the robbery took place, said she heard the commotion but didn't see what hap ...
Police are investigating a gun attack on the Governor's Harbour Police Station in Eleuthera over the weekend. Superintendent Elbert Ferguson, the officer in charge of the island, confirmed that officers were in the station when someone opened fire on the building early Saturday morning.
There were days when a determined Galen Saunders, CEO of More 94 FM, wondered where the strength was coming from to keep the doors of his small, struggling radio station open or how he would pay the deejays whose voices filled the holes where ads should have been. The new sound in town was, at that time, way out of town, broadcasting out of shared quarters with the family trucking company on what was then a lonely stretch of Carmichael Road.
Police now have two men in custody for questioning in connection with the shooting incident at the Governor's Harbour Police Station Saturday morning, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade confirmed to The Nassau Guardian yesterday.
The commissioner also confirmed that officers have retrieved a firearm they suspect was used to shoot at the station in central Eleuthera.
Charges could be filed in connection with the shooting as early as today, according to Greenslade.
No police officers were harmed during the attack on the station.
Superintendent Elbert Ferguson, the officer in charge of the island, confirmed Tuesday that officers were in the station when someone opened fire on the building early Saturday morning.
Members of the Eleuthera community are in "fear of the police" as a result of the harsh measures taken by officers after the shooting, according to Governor's Harbour resident Patrice Ferguson.
She claimed that several of the men taken into custody for questioning regarding the shooting were beaten severely by police.
"They are putting fear into the young men," she said yesterday. "No one is going to want to assist the police in any matters because they already put fear and inflicted pain in a lot of people. The community is distraught."
Ferguson said one of her relatives was taken in for questioning by police in connection with the shooting.
Greenslade said he has not received any reports of police brutality in Governor's Harbour, but insisted he would have Deputy Commissioner Quinn McCartney, the officer in charge of internal affairs, look into the claims.
Ferguson also claimed that there were at least 18 men taken into custody in Governor's Harbour during the investigation. She claimed several emerged from custody with injuries.
By KRYSTEL ROLLE
Guardian Staff Reporter
Over$10,000 has been stolen from the Exuma Central Detective Police Station, police confirmed yesterday.
Superintendent Morey Evans, officer in charge of Exuma and the Southern Bahamas toldThe Nassau Guardianthat approximately$10,300 was taken out of that station last Wednesday.
He said police have launched a"widespread investigation"
and are looking into all possibilities.
The incident took place sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. at the station which is just outside of George Town, Evans said.
Culprit(s)smashed the front entrance of the station, and made off with the money.
Evans said police hope to be in ...