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September 10, 2010
Source: PLP democracy being tested in South Beach, Kennedy

By STAFFâ WRITER
Guardian News Desk
The decision of the executives of the Progressive Liberal Party(PLP)in South Beach and Kennedy will send a message to the country as to whether the party intends to be democratic in its approach to candidate selection, or whether a group of elites will make these decisions in isolation, a party source has said.
"South Beach and Kennedy will be tests for the PLP. Both branches clearly support two candidates. The party executive wants other people to run as candidates in those areas. If the party overrules those branches, which is its right, it would be clear that there is little to no democracy in the party as it regards the candidate selection process, & ...

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September 10, 2010
Police probing apparent suicide in Abaco

By STAFFâ WRITER
Guardian News Desk
Police are investigating an apparent suicide in Abaco. According to Superintendent Leon Bethell, the head of the Central Detective Unit, a caucasian male was found hanging in his home in Pelican Shores, Marsh Harbour at 7 a.m. Sunday.
Bethell said friends of the male cut him down and tried to help him, but he was already dead.
The unidentified man's death is the third apparent suicide in the past month. Acassia Porter was discovered by a family member in a bedroom in their St. Vincent Road home last week.
Last month 51-year-old Deborah Smith committed suicide. Smith, the mother of five, was found on the night of August 25 hanging by strips of cloth th ...

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November 15, 2010
Santa's Helpers aide the Grand Bahama Children's Home

Freeport, Grand Bahama -
Thanks to Santa's Helpers and Richie's Calypso, the Grand Bahama
Children's Home children will have new shoes for the Holidays.  Vicky
Martell, the small but mighty force behind Santa's Helpers, has always
wanted to help the Home and this year with her donations coming in
early, she knew that the shoes would be a super benefit. "We were able
to donate dressy, school and everyday shoes thanks to our partners
Riche's Calypso and we snuck in a few toys to keep the boys busy over
the Christmas too," said Martell...

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October 03, 2010
OECD Review 'a good thing' for Bahamas

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

There is "a large measure of confidence" within the Bahamian financial services industry that this country will receive a "favourable" Peer Review report from the OECD's Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Tax Information, one leading attorney telling Tribune Business that the process is "in a way, a good thing for" this nation.

Brian Moree QC, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, said the fact all financial centres were being assessed to the same standards when it came to the exchange of tax information would benefit the Bahamas, since it would help create the 'level playing field' environmen ...

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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
Bahamian Trio Release 2nd Movie'Showtime'

By STAFF WRITER
For the Guardian

In a world of violence, deviant behavior and costant negative reports associated with youth, encouraging news of hope and change comes in a heartwarming and positive event produced by young Bahamians with the help of adult mentor Pastor Dave Burrows.
The event is the official Movie release of"Showtime,"the story of a young rap artist who struggles to turn his life around after becoming involved with the dark side of the Hip Hop game.
A series of events in main character"Lil'Weazel's"life causes him to rethink the impact his lyrics are having on young people and the impact his lifestyle is having on him personally. One of the major events ...

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September 23, 2010
PLP senator: minister 'confused' about vital economic issues

PLP SENATOR Jerome Fitzgerald yesterday accused Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing of being "confused" about vital economic issues.

In a statement issued to the press, Senator Fitzgerald said that Minister Laing has sought to "redefine" how the gross domestic product (GDP) is calculated for the purpose of the debt/GDP ratio.

"Without getting into the technicalities of it, in 2007 the GDP of the Bahamas was around $7.1 billion. Between 2007 and 2009 we have had negative growth of six per cent and we are projected to have around negative one per cent this year. Six per cent of $7.1 billion is $426 million, so at the end of 2009 our GDP was around $6.7 billion.

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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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September 22, 2010
PLP: Foreigners being given preference over Bahamians by the FNM Government

Nassau, Bahamas - The
PLP finds it necessary to again point out the FNM government's
continuing lack of confidence in and commitment to utilizing the skills
of highly trained and competent Bahamian professionals especially in
these economically challenging times.

Recently
the Prime Minister in the House of Assembly announced in a very
despicable manner that he had withdrawn his support for Cheryl Grant
Bethel, a long time tried and proven Deputy Director of Public
Prosecution to become the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and
instead supported the appointment of Jamaican Vinette Graham Allen...

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September 22, 2010
Progressive Liberal Party Statement On Straw Vendors in New York

Nassau, Bahamas - 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.

From what is in the public domain, firstly it is being
said that the Americans conducted a surveillance operation in the
Bahamas which led to the arrest of the individuals...

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