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AG to break silence

After a series of recent Nassau Guardian articles highlighting several unsuccessful prosecutions and shedding light on the country’s dismal conviction rate, Attorney General John Delaney has agreed to speak to the media briefly today.
For days, The Guardian had been trying to get Delaney and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Vinette Graham-Allen to address these issues, but have had no success.
On Monday, Delaney said he might be available the week of May 23 to speak to the press.
Yesterday, his permanent secretary, Archie Nairn, announced that the attorney general will speak at a press conference this morning but only has half an hour for reporters “due to other obligations....

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Mailboat strike 'catastrophic'

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE mailboat strike continued today with more and more family islanders facing the possibility of food shortages.
Fred Bonaby, owner of the Church Grove Supermarket, in Crooked Island, said news of the strike has spread throughout the island, leaving residents filled with concern.
“We depend on the mailboat to bring our supplies. Right now my shop is almost out. It is a sad thing because only once a week we get service. There could be food shortages, especially with fruits and vegetables. It has already begun,” said Mr Bonaby.
The Mailboat Association met with the Ministry of Transport yesterday, according to a ...

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New rules slow Gulf drilling pace in shallow water

The drilling moratorium enacted after the BP oil spill applies only to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Yet energy exploration in the Gulf's shallow waters has come to a virtual standstill as drillers grapple with tougher U.S. federal rules since the spill.

The pace at which regulators grant drilling permits in water less than 500 feet (150 meters) deep slowed sharply this summer, an Associated Press analysis of government data shows. Just four of 10 shallow-water drilling applications were approved from June through August; 15 applications were sought and approved in the same period last year.

Environmental groups are encouraged. But drilling executives say the new rules, which require them to ...

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Supermodels of the Bahamas participate in New York Fashion Week and take in the Wendy Williams Show

New York, NY - Supermodels of the
Bahamas Peandra Knowles and Sinardo Deleveaux have had little sleep in a
fast paced schedule in the Big Apple since arriving there on Saturday.

On Sunday they were audience guests of the Wendy Williams Show, and
Peandra Knowles was selected to ask an audience question to Williams and
special guest,

Raven Symone,  of

That's So Raven.

Peandra went to Essence Magazine on Monday, while Sinardo went for a
photo shoot for the designer Paul Laurence, and later saw designer, Tai
Chunn. Both winners

went to Times Square for an TV interview...

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(VIDEO) International Day of Peace, September 21st

We invite you to observe

Peace Day on September 21, 2010. There will be events during the entire week of Peace Day!

Watch a VIDEO on Peace Day within...

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for

individuals, organizations and nations
to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established
by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of
the General Assembly.

In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

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City Markets owed staff pension fund 500k at end-2009

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Bahamas Supermarkets, parent company of the 11-store City Markets grocery chain, owed the staff pension fund almost $519,000 at its 2009 year-end in unpaid rent for the company's head office, with its financial troubles preventing any contributions by the firm to the plan during the 2007-2009 period.

The audited financial statements for Bahamas Supermarkets 2009 fiscal year are more than a year late, given that the period closed some 14 and-a-half months ago, but they provide a further insight into the problems afflicting the supermarket chain and management's plans to remedy them, the accounts being heavily qualified by Deloitte & Touche ...

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Government 'dumps' 20m investment

The Government yesterday confirmed it was "not proceeding" with the $20 million proposal to upgrade and outsource management of the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway landfill to the private sector, even though it acknowledge the site - an "urgent priority" - was presently being "badly supervised".

Ronald Thompson, permanent secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, told

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Call for ban on fishing of most marine species

By MEGAN REYNOLDS

Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A CAMPAIGN to protect sharks from being fished in Bahamian waters has sparked the suggestion for a blanket ban on the fishing of most marine species.

Freeport attorney Fred Smith, QC, an environmentalist with a passion for diving and sharks, encourages Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright to adopt a new approach to the protection of natural resources by only permitting certain marine life to be fished during specific seasons according to size regulations and zoning laws.

All other marine resources should be protected from fishing or harvesting by legislation, Mr Smith said.

His suggestion comes ...

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105m BEC plant 'violated the law'

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Opponents of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) $105 million Wilson City power plant had "genuine complaints" about the way the project's permits were granted, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday, finding that in the race to complete timely construction "many procedures were ignored or bypassed".

Justice Hartman Longley, although dismissing the Judicial Review action by Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA) that sought to block construction of the power plant, agreed with its attorney, Fred Smith QC, that if the project had been private sector-driven it would "have been stopped sooner" by the Government's ...

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Baha Mar: Scotiabank loan resolution 'utmost priority'

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

A senior Baha Mar executive yesterday told Tribune Business that resolving the impasse over their $200 million loan was the "utmost priority" for the developer and Scotiabank, although no breakthrough/solution appears to have been reached yet.

With just three working days before Parliament debates the resolution on some 8,000-plus Chinese work permits, Robert Sands, Baha Mar's senior vice-president of external and governmental affairs, confirmed that meetings between the two sides had taken place - and were continuing - in Toronto.

"Meetings have been taking place between the parties, and meetings are still in progress," Mr Sands ...

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Students stabbed in latest violence

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

A SENIOR school official, the President of the teacher's union, police, parents and counselors offered a variety of views yesterday on whether police should be re-introduced as a permanent presence on school campuses as two students were stabbed and five more taken into custody in the fourth serious outbreak of violence involving school children to take place in as many days.

Fearful parents who gathered outside C I Gibson Junior High School, where two male students were stabbed in a break-time brawl during the morning, were unanimous in their view that a permanent police presence was needed to quell rowdy students in the face ...

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Newspaper salesman in plea to Tribune after claiming police told him to move

By ALISON LOWE

Tribune Staff Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

A VETERAN newspaper salesman has pleaded to be able to keep selling papers in his traditional location after claiming to have been told by police that he has to move.

However, a senior police officer said he is not aware of any such directive being given to the newspaper man - and told the paperman to get in touch with him.

In his appeal to The Tribune, the salesman, who traditionally touted his wares to passing motorists at the junction of Eastern Road and Johnson Road, and goes only by the name "Mr Major", said: "This is the first time that an officer has told me I have to move from this spot. What do they want ...

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Nominations for Cacique Awards 2010 Now Open

The Bahamas Ministry
of Tourism is now receiving nominations for their

Cacique Awards 2010
which will take place

January 28th, 2011.

Any
member of the public may cast a nomination for the general awards, the
Minster of Tourism's Hospitality Award or the Clement T. Maynard
Lifetime Achievement Award. They may nominate as many persons as they
wish. The same person may also be nominated for more than one award if
he/she is making a contribution in more than one area.

To be eligible for the awards, the nominees must be permanent residents
of The Bahamas, whose product or performance has a positive impact on
the quality development of Bahamian tourism...

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Bahamas elected to OAS Budget Committee

WASHINGTON,
DC -- Dr Nicola Virgill-Rolle of The Bahamas has been elected Vice Chair of the
Organization of American States (OAS) Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Affairs (CAAP) of the Permanent Council, a key role in the OAS, particularly
during a time of severe economic stress on the multilateral body.

In her
capacity as vice chair of the CAAP, Dr Rolle is also serving as Chair of the
Working Group to Prepare the Draft Resolution on the

Program-Budget for 2011.

This year a
Special Session of the General Assembly will be held by September 30 to approve
the program budget of the OAS.

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Speculation that Chinese criminals may work on Baha Mar 'baseless'

By MEGAN REYNOLDS

Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

SPECULATION that thousands of Chinese criminals will be brought in to build Baha Mar have been called baseless allegations by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Nassau.

Concerns raised in the local press suggested the Chinese government has chosen convicts from its overcrowded prisons to work on foreign projects and may do the same when they bring in 8,150 workers to construct Baha Mar.

Editorial writers called on government to exercise due diligence in vetting their work permits if the foreign labour is approved as concerns stemmed from an article published in a Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mai ...

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Attorney General addresses second year Law Students

Nassau, The Bahamas - The role of an attorney is not
a "right" but a "privilege," said Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs
Senator the Hon. John Delaney as he addressed students of the Eugene Dupuch Law
School.

Senator Delaney spoke on the topic, "What does the
leader of the Bar expect from Attorneys?" The students who are entering their
second year made a call on the Attorney General as part of orientation for the
new school year.

In attendance was Archie Nairn, permanent secretary;
Debra Fraser, director of legal affairs; Vinette Graham-Allen, director of
public prosecutions; and Ian Winder, tutor...

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(VIDEO) International Day of Peace, September 21st

We invite you to observe

Peace Day on September 21, 2010. There will be events during the entire week of Peace Day!

Watch a VIDEO on Peace Day within...

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for

individuals, organizations and nations
to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established
by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of
the General Assembly.

In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

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Evacuated Bahamians Tell of Haiti's Horror

Amid the death and despair that clouds Haiti, comes a miraculous story of survival.
Two Bahamians narrowly escaped death on Tuesday after a powerful earthquake ripped off the walls of the hotel they were staying in and flattened buildings all around them.
As the death toll rose as more bodies were dug out of concrete graves, Civil Aviation Director Captain Patrick Rolle and Flight Inspector Hubert
Adderley said they are lucky to be alive.
The raw anguish permeating throughout the impoverished nation is something they said they could not have concocted in their worst nightmares.
The men, who were evacuated from Haiti on Wednesday and taken to Jamaica before arriving in New Providence on a Sky Bahamas f ...

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OAS to Decide on Honduras's Return during Special General Assembly on June 1st

The Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) will make a decision on the return of Honduras to the Organization during a Special
General Assembly on June 1st at Organization headquarters in Washington,
DC, according to a decision today by the Permanent Council.

The decision was made with 31 votes in favor, one against (Ecuador), and one absence (Saint Lucia).

The resolution approved by the special session of the Permanent Council
resolves to "convene a special session of the OAS General Assembly, to be held at headquarters of the Organization on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011, at 11 a.m. to take such decisions as it deems appropriate regarding the lifting of the suspension of the right of Honduras...

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BIFF Monthly Film Series to feature Waiting for Superman, June 2nd

Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is
proud to once again host the

BIFF Monthly Film Series with First
Caribbean Bank International.

Starting: April 7th - November 3rd, 8:00pm - 9:30pm

at Galleria Cinema JFK.

Thursday, June 2nd see

Waiting for Superman.

Every morning, in big cities, suburbs and small towns across America,
parents send their children off to school with the highest of hopes.
But a shocking number of students in the United States attend schools
where they have virtually no chance of learning--failure factories
likelier to produce drop-outs than college graduates. And despite
decades of well-intended reforms and huge sums of money spent on the
problem, our public schools haven't improved markedly since...

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Bahamas elected to OAS Budget Committee
Bahamas elected to OAS Budget Committee

Dr Nicola Virgill-Rolle of The Bahamas has been elected Vice Chair of the Organization of American States (OAS) Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Affairs (CAAP) of the Permanent Council, a key role in the OAS, particularly during a time of severe economic stress on the multilateral body.

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Not healthy? Insurance may not be an option

Medical Insurers could soon begin issuing increasing permanent exclusions to individuals with pre-existing and contracted ailments, even as medical costs continue to "skyrocket", the president of the Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) has warned.

This was because the new Insurance Act has made underwriting requirements for health and life insurance companies much more stringent.

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THINGS 2 DO

JUNE 1 - JUNE 5 (ELEUTHERA)

PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL

* Gregory Town, Eleuthera hosts its annual Pineapple Festival, a festival that pays homage to the many pineapple farmers for their outstanding contributions and that brings together Bahamians and visitors to enjoy and participate in activities such as the pineapple eating contest, pineapple cooking contest, old time pineapple crazy sports, 40-mile pineapple cycling contest, plaiting of the pineapple pole and the Little Miss Pineapple Princess pageant. Telephone: 332-2142, 332-2148, or 332-2868.

JUNE 2 - THURSDAY

BIFF'S MONTHLY FILM SERIES: "WAITING FOR SUPERMAN"

* The Bahamas International Film Festival, along with the FirstCarib ...

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Minister Grant carries out site inspection of the Straw Market

Nassau The Bahamas - Public
Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko C. Grant is "extremely" pleased with
the progress of the construction of the new Bay Street Straw Market.

On December 15, 2009 a
contract was awarded to Cavalier Construction in the amount of $11,294,468.86
for the construction of the new Straw Market on the old market site.

Mr. Grant along with senior
officials including Colin Higgs, permanent secretary, John Canton, director and
Livingston Forbes, chief architect made a site-inspection of the work on
September 17...

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Statement By The Minister of Housing - Response To Tribune Story on Mackey Yard Squatters

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Statement by  Enclosed is a statement by Housing Minister the Hon. Kenneth Russell.

In response to comments attributed to Mr. Franklyn Wilson in a Tribune article of 2nd June, 2011, regarding the Ministry of Housing's plans for the Mackey Yard squatter community, I wish to assure the Bahamian public that the Ministry of Housing is in no way jeopardizing the interests of the Bahamian public, by seeking to regularize Bahamians and Permanent Residents who lived in Mackey Yard, or who live in any other squatter community. In fact, the Ministry is doing the very opposite, as it is seeking to do away with the unhygienic and lawless conditions which exist on these sites, which impact neighboring communities...

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200 Chinesefor road work

By KRYSTEL ROLLE
Guardian Staff Reporter
krystel@nasguard.com

The House of Assembly last night approved a resolution for the government to borrow nearly$58 million from the China Export-Import Bank to construct a four-lane airport highway.
The project will mean the grant of 200 work permits for Chinese laborers, but also a very low interest rate for the loan.
Expressing concerns about growing government debt as well as the foreign labor component of the airport road plan, opposition MPs voted against the resolution, but Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the Progressive Liberal Party does not speak for the majority of the Bahamian people.
"By our deeds they know us,"Ingraham said....

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Government still undecided on BP compensation

By JAMMAL SMITH
Guardian Business Reporter
jammal@nasguard.com

The government is still assessing whether or not The Bahamas will seek compensation from British Petroleum(BP)as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, with an official from the Ministry of Environment saying a final decision has not been made yet.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of

Environment Ronald Thompson told Guardian Business that the government hasn't determined whether it will seek reimbursement. The oil spill, which was caused in April when the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, initially posed a threat to the country.
"The government has not really determined whethe ...

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Another delay for BTC separation packages

Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) employees did not receive voluntary separation package offers as promised yesterday, as management at the company and executives in BTC unions were yesterday still trying to settle on what would be offered to whom.
Offers were initially supposed to be sent out on Monday.
However, BTC chief executive officer Geoff Houston said the company was still collating data on pension benefits owed to employees.
The Guardian understands that BTC human resource officials and union leaders were locked in meetings at the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) hall most of the day yesterday trying to finalize what would be offered to employees.
The plan was for employees to decide within 30 days if they wish to accept the offers. But BCPOU president Bernard Evans told The Guardian yesterday that the unions were trying to negotiate a longer period for workers to make up their minds.
"We hope by the end of a month-and-a-half or two months, those people who would really be looking at this package, would have been in the right frame of mind and would have done a thorough process," he said.
"It's such a tough decision and the longer you have had to weigh your options you would have made the right decision. You don't want to rush into it."
He added that the unions would guide employees through every step of the process.
"After everybody would have received these individual letters, we would convene a general membership meeting to listen to the overall concerns," Evans said.
"We will meet with each person individually to find out what are their options (and) to guide them as best we can through the professional services that will be provided."
Given the complexity of the issues involved, Evans said he believes that September will be the earliest period during which any permanent employees leave BTC.
Houston, who was a guest on the show 'Jeffrey' on Star 106.5 FM on Monday, said the process could take some time to roll out after the accept/decline deadline one month from now.  He said the redistribution of people within the company would have to happen simultaneously. He also insisted that there will be no layoffs within the company "right now."
Houston said that if the number of individuals BTC officials are hoping will accept the voluntary packages is not reached, they would have to look at other operational efficiencies to streamline the company.
While he would not say what percentage of the staff they are hoping would accept the offers, he said they have benchmarked the figure against similar telecommunication environments.  The number that has typically been thrown around is 30 percent.

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Deveaux did not admit guilt by resignation

THE LATEST scuttlebut making the rounds of the political rumour mill is that by offering his resignation to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Environment Minister Earl Deveaux admitted he was wrong to accept the invitation of Prince Karim Aga Khan to fly in his helicopter to the prince's private island in the Exumas. According to rumour mongers it is an admission by the Minister that the helicopter ride compromised his ability to make an objective decision on the Prince's application for permission to develop his island in the Exuma Land and Sea Park.

Those persons spreading the rumour are either completely ignorant of the Westminster system of parliamentary government, or they are malicious ...

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