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September 17, 2010
Letter: Very grateful for Police presence on Nassau streets

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow me to publicly commend the Royal Bahamas Police Force on the order they have brought to the streets of Nassau over the past two weeks.

Since the opening of schools, police officers have successfully calmed the usually-chaotic morning traffic.

The impact of their efforts has been very noticeable and much appreciated.

Motorists no longer have to sit in traffic to no end. Although there is still some waiting, there is no comparison to the waits that are endured when traffic officers are not present.

The public should realise that in directing traffic, police officers help reduce incidents of crime more than one would first recognise. This brings a level ...

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October 19, 2010
PLP SET TO GO LIVE ON BAHA MAR POSITION

By PAUL G
TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net

THE Progressive Liberal Party will hold a live press conference on Thursday night at Gambier House to give the country a full account on its position as it relates to the multi-billion dollar Baha Mar project.

With the development being a major angst for the current government considering the massive foreign labour component attached to the deal, it is yet to be seen whether or not any progress will be made on the matter when Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham meets with the property's financial backers in China later this week.

On Monday, Mr Ingraham said that he will not be changing his much publicized and stern ...

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November 14, 2010
PM outlines govt initiatives against crime

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham in a nationally televised press conference yesterday outlined several initiatives he said his administration has implemented to address the issue of violent crime in the country.

"Even as my government continues to work to help provide economic security for Bahamians, we are doing likewise to address national security and well-being. My administration has begun to put in place long-term measures such as the reform of the criminal justice system. We have begun to seriously address the backlog of cases through the provision of personnel and facilities," Prime Minister Ingraham said.

Families

Prime Minister Ingraham further stated, "We are taking ...

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September 14, 2010
Calls made for Earl Deveaux to resign

By MEGAN REYNOLDS

Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@
tribunemedia.net

CALLS were made yesterday for the resignation of Environment Minister Earl Deveaux over plans to develop Bell Island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

Dr Deveaux said he was minded to approve plans submitted by Island of Discovery Limited, understood to be billionaire Islamic leader the Aga Khan. He also admitted accepting a free ride in the Aga Khan's helicopter to attend a film screening in Abaco before going on to Bell Island with BNT executives the next day.

However, former PLP MP Philip Smith said: "Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

"In late 2006, Shane Gibson, quite correctly, resigned from ...

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September 16, 2010
The Cabinet Minister and the Prince's helicopter

THE PLP never cease to amuse us.

Knowing the party's own free-ride history, we were surprised members would have the temerity to venture into the debate on whether Environment Minister Earl Deveaux should have accepted Prince Karim Aga Khan lV's helicopter to fly him to a meeting with the Bahamas National Trust at the prince's Bell Island development.

The prince's proposal to develop his private island, located within the environmentally sensitive Exuma Land and Sea Park, is now before the cabinet. In the public eye the reason for the flight made Mr Deveaux's helicopter ride precarious.

There were those who believed that Mr Deveaux's acceptance of the prince's ho ...

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September 16, 2010
Opposition intervention next step in Walter Parker saga

By GENEA NOEL
FN Senior Reporter
genea@nasguard.com
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama-Members of the Progressive Liberal Party(PLP)are planning an intervention to have the leadership of the Walker Parker Primary School removed.
According to Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell and Alfred Sears, MP for Fort Charlotte this is necessary to avoid any type of industrial action at the school.
The pair met with teachers of the Walter Parker Primary School on Wednesday afternoon for the second time in less than two weeks.
"The discussions are generally about the leadership of the school and the extreme difficulties that the teachers are having relating to the present leadership. The difficulty they find is that everyone ...

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September 26, 2010
Government of Canada designates Air Transat to serve Bahamas

OTTAWA, Sept. 2010 - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, announced the designation of Air
Transat to operate scheduled international air services between Canada
and the Bahamas.

"This designation provides Canadians with more options when choosing a
carrier for service to the Bahamas," said Minister Strahl. "It will help
to encourage competition and growth in the Canadian airline industry,
while promoting international travel options for consumers from both
countries."
Under Canada's international air transportation policy, all Canadian air
carriers may apply to the Minister for designation to operate scheduled
international air services. The designation was made possible by the
bilateral air transport agreement already in place with the Bahamas...

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September 22, 2010
PLP rejects loan resolution

By KRYSTEL ROLLE
Guardian Staff Reporter
krystel@nasguard.com

The opposition last night rejected a resolution to borrow nearly$58 million from a Chinese bank to construct a new highway, saying the loan requirement to bring in 200 Chinese workers to build a road is something the Progressive Liberal Party cannot accept.
Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing moved the resolution yesterday in the House of Assembly to borrow$57,999,966 from the Export-Import Bank of China for the development of the airport road project.
He said the nature of the China capital export policy provides for the inclusion of Chinese labor and material. Approximately 120 Bahamians will be engaged for the project.
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September 22, 2010
Walker's Cay deal in limbo

By JAMMAL SMITH
Guardian Business Reporter
jammal@nasguard.com

Negotiations for the purchase of the Walker's Cay resort have come to a standstill, with the primary bidder for the site claiming that the seller is making the process to close the deal on the multimillion dollar project more difficult.
Principal of the offshore developer Victoria House IBC, Scott Ronning, told Guardian Business that little progress has been made on finalizing an agreement to purchase the Walker's Cay resort in Abaco.
He claims that the seller of the property is making demands that are becoming hard for his group to meet. Walker's Cay has been owned by

the Abplanalp family from New York and their ...

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September 22, 2010
Davis on resolution to borrow 58 million to build 'segment one' of airport highway

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are the speaking notes for Deputy PLP Leader, Philip
"Brave" Davis on the $58 Million Airport Highway Resolution recently
debated in the House of Assembly.

Mr. Speaker, the Member
for North Abaco is famed for saying "I say what I mean and mean what
I say!" He touts all around this country that he is a man of his
word. 

Against this backdrop
I take this opportunity to remind this Honourable House of the words
of the Honourable Member just three months ago during the 2010-2011
budget debate.  He said and I quote:

"This is a Budget
that contains the most significant structural fiscal action of any Budget
in recent years, with the overriding objective of enhancing the nation's
economic prospects by putting its fiscal house in order on a sustained
basis...

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