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A rose that grows from concrete – Bahamian blogger launches successful shop and events company during pandemic

INSPIRED by a poem by the late iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, Bahamian Kiara Rose launched a blog in the midst of the pandemic which has evolved into a popular beauty and lifestyle website and produced an accompanying accessories shop.

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Gambler winnings tax ‘too complex’

The Minnis administration chose not to implement the tax on web shop patron winnings because it was “too complex” and could have driven gamblers back into the underground economy.

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Baby Bella Walker brought home to Grand Bahama

THE remains of Baby Bella Walker arrived in Grand Bahama from New Providence on a private charter aircraft on Friday afternoon – a solemn final journey home for the four-year-old who captured the heart of a nation.

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Rest in peace, Bella

D’Onya Bella Walker, the four-year-old who died while staying with relatives in New Providence on November 5, was finally laid to rest by her paternal relatives in Grand Bahama on Saturday.

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Retailers finally have something to cheer

“Christmas Eve will tell the tale” for one retailer as this Christmas sales season is certainly better than last year, but it is still not quite at 2019 levels.

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Betting shops new levy scrapped

ECONOMIC Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis said the government will do away with a patron tax on lottery winnings, although the levy was never implemented on gaming houses.

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How the bounce-back was working before the fourth wave

The Central Bank of The Bahamas’ (CBOB) Monthly Economic and Financial Developments (MEFD) report for November, said tourist arrivals increased by nearly 3,400 percent from 2020.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: The grinches who stole Christmas

TODAY is Christmas Eve. At least technically it is Christmas Eve. For all those who had plans to gather with family tonight or tomorrow and had to cancel those plans, thanks to the grinches who stole Christmas, it doesn’t feel like Christmas Eve.

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Behind bars after stealing $60 of groceries

A 36-year-old man who admitted to stealing over $60 worth of supplies from a local grocery and retail store was yesterday remanded into custody pending sentencing.

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Man shot dead by off-duty officers

OFF-DUTY police shot and killed a man who officers said “brandished” a gun at them outside a nightspot in the Fire Trail Road area on Sunday.

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Investors flocked to take up port’s shares

Nassau Cruise Port Ltd (NCP) was “oversubscribed” with over 3,500 investors for a $25m Bahamas Investment Fund (BIF) equity offering.

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COVID resets the clock on Arawak Cay operations

FISH Fry at Arawak Cay will go back to late hour service in the New Year as demand picks up.

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VAT change prompts hirings

Super Value will bring in new staff to help with its Value Added Tax (VAT) re-pricing for the January 1 switch to 10 percent from 12 percent.

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Obesity can be linked to low testosterone in some men

THE male hormone testosterone plays an important role in regulating sex drive, fat distribution, muscle mass, endurance, bone density, red blood cell production and sperm production, in addition to many other bodily functions.

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New location drives 80% of December sales rise for AID

A major Bahamian retailer yesterday revealed that its newly-opened Blue Hill Road and Coconut Grove store was responsible for 80 percent of the December sales increase seen in Nassau.

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Stupid are we!

I see that the politics of remote learning is not keeping pace with the reality of it all. Indeed, virtual learning is a new cultural pill that many Bahamian parents will have to swallow, and adjust to eventually.

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Inflation to wipe VAT cut savings

Rising inflationary pressures could wipe out any consumer savings generated by the VAT rate being cut to 10 percent, a supermarket executive warned yesterday.

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COVID shutdown for auto dealer’s ‘major generator’

One of an auto dealer’s “two major generators” has likely been forced to close until tomorrow after almost one-third of staff tested positive for COVID-19 amid the latest case surge.

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Settling judgments should be a priority

The new Attorney General Ryan Pinder came out guns blazing according to an Eyewitness News post online on November 1, 2021 with headline Unbudgeted and Unfunded: AG says judgments against government ‘have to be paid’.

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‘Red flags’ over financial sector growth eliminated

The Bahamas’ removal from Europe’s blacklist “sets the stage” for financial services growth by eliminating the last “red flags” to doing business with this nation, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

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