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September 11, 2010
Letter: Opposition MP correct about something

EDITOR, The Tribune.

AN OPPOSITION MP took umbrage at a recent letter of mine that suggested he might be misdirected.

He is correct though that one of the main aims of my life is selling cars.

Another equally important goal is to help keep MP's focused on correcting public policy that might be hurting the same people he claims to want to help.

In other words, it is my desire to help prevent unbridled government destroying the fragile economy that's left.

As explained in my previous letter, if City Markets should fail, it would no doubt be a tragedy for their 700 associates, their families and many businesses.

If the country should fail as a result of over reaching MP's ...

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September 12, 2010
Beach clean up project organisers in cash plea

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

WITH their main financier closed for business, organisers of a beach clean up project on Harbour Island are appealing for cash help.

Volunteers bemoan insufficient support from businesses despite the large percentage of tourism dollars the small island generates.

The Beach Clean Up project was founded in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew by residents Sharon King and Humphrey Percentie Jr, owner of the Vic-Hum Club. Participants walk and clean the entire beach daily.

The project receives $500 each month from local government.

Mr Percentie Jr said: "Many businesses, real estate companies, have never given the beach clea ...

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November 15, 2010
Department of Rehabilitative / Welfare Services recognised for helping those who want to be rehabilitated

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister
of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Development the Hon. Loretta
Butler-Turner on Monday recognised the Department of Rehabilitative/Welfare
Services for its work in helping those offenders of the law who choose
to become rehabilitated.

Speaking at the Department
of Rehabilitative/Welfare Services Rehabilitative Week Church Service
at Antioch Baptist Church, Mrs Butler-Turner said the Department's
mission is to develop and provide mechanisms that will control offenders'
inappropriate...

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September 16, 2010
We are responsible for crime problem

Dear Editor,
Much of our crime, including murder, is done by repeat offenders, quite a number of who are out on bail. Incidents of crime and murder would be fewer, and the rate of crime would be lower had we addressed earlier how to deal with this class of criminals.
Several years ago, the Privy Council in London made a judgement on how long someone can be held on remand before being allowed bail. After that, the clock started ticking on a potential surge in crime from known criminals who were now going to be free to walk the streets and commit new crimes.
There are things the FNM government could have done better on the crime­front. But for the PLP to continually and conveniently lay ...

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September 16, 2010
We are responsible for crime problem

Dear Editor,

Much of our crime, including murder, is done by repeat offenders, quite a number of who are out on bail. Incidents of crime and murder would be fewer, and the rate of crime would be lower had we addressed earlier how to deal with this class of criminals.
Several years ago, the Privy Council in London made a judgement on how long someone can be held on remand before being allowed bail. After that, the clock started ticking on a potential surge in crime from known criminals who were now going to be free to walk the streets and commit new crimes.
There are things the FNM government could have done better on the crime­front. But for the PLP to continually and conveniently lay ...

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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 17, 2010
High hopes of tourism boost from the new National Stadium

By REUBEN SHEARER

Tribune Staff Reporter

rshearer@tribunemedia.net

TOURISM chiefs are hoping the new National Stadium can help give their industry and the country a much-needed economic boost.

During a site inspection led by project manager for the development, Iram Lewis, Ministry of Tourism officials discussed the variety of opportunities the stadium could create.

They noted that when complete, the stadium will meet the standards of international bodies such as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association).

The officials said this could open the way for the Bahamas to host a number of different international ...

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September 20, 2010
Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser to testify, call witnesses in case

By ARTESIAâ DAVIS
Guardian Senior Reporter
artesia@nasguard.com

Baptist Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser will testify and call 25 witnesses as he mounts a defense to allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a teenager who had come to him for counseling.
Fraser, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Temple on St. James Road, is being tried for allegedly having sex with the 17-year-old teen. Prosecutors allege that Fraser abused his position of trust by beginning the alleged affair during counseling sessions from July 2005 to February 2006.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell said she wants to complete the case before the end of the year. However, lead defense lawyer Wayne Munroe was not present ...

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September 22, 2010
Progressive Liberal Party Statement on Straw Vendors

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Press Statement by Progressive Liberal Party.

The Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette's remarks about the
arrest of the vendors in New York is unhelpful. A Minister of Foreign
Affairs cannot come off as politically impotent in their situation.
When its citizens are in trouble, they expect that the government will
come to their assistance. Thankfully, the technocrats in Foreign
Affairs know what their job is: to intervene to ensure that there is
due process, that they are being properly treated and have the benefit
of all the rights to which they are entitled. Now is not the time to
lecture people about what they ought to be doing but rather to seek to
help in a bad situation...

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September 23, 2010
'We're begging like children'

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian contractors must be actively engaged on the major multi-million dollar development projects if this nation is to "grow itself to mature status", the industry's head told Tribune Business, rather than just let the sector simply be used as a labour pool by developers.

Stephen Wrinkle, the Bahamian Contractors Association's (BCA) president, said the organisation was working hard to get contractors - as opposed to tradesmen - involved with projects such as Baha Mar's proposed $2.6 billion Cable Beach expansion and the $409.5 million Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) redevelopment, because little knowledge transfe ...

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