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Building suppliers predict supply woes to mid-2022

Building materials providers yesterday predicted that global supply chain challenges will last well into mid-2022 but have prepared for the Christmas season early.

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‘Follow protocols to keep numbers low’

A TOP infectious disease expert has cautioned that if The Bahamas is to maintain low case numbers, COVID-19 precautions and protocols must be followed, including avoiding large gatherings this holiday season.

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‘Extraordinarily high’: Transport costs now 20% of goods prices

A well-known Bahamian retailer is advising locals “to shop early because prices will not be going down” with transport costs accounting for an “extraordinarily high” 20 percent of product costs.

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Christmas Carnival operators still hope to open

OPERATORS of the Christmas Carnival are still seeking to persuade the government to allow the annual event to operate despite its request being rejected from the Ministry of Health.

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School opening delays ‘a disgrace but not a surprise’

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said it is a “disgrace” but not surprising that three schools will likely not be ready to open in January for hybrid learning with face-to-face instruction.

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Don’t Blink: Home Run Derby players arrive on Tuesday

Todd Isaacs Jr said they’re just waiting on the arrival of the players on Tuesday to set the stage for the return of the Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in its setting under the title sponsorship of Atlantis.

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UPDATED: Health officials block carnival

THE Ministry of Health has rejected a company’s request to hold the Christmas Carnival event this year, according to Press Secretary Clint Watson.

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‘Getting over the hump of becoming rich quick’

A new co-working space for digital entrepreneurs is launching months ahead of schedule at the former Luciano’s restaurant on East Bay Street, its chief executive said yesterday.

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What is a Realm?

As Barbados changes its Head of State and becomes a Republic with a President, I thought I would reflect on questions people ask me about the UK’s relationship with The Bahamas. I often get asked what my opinion is about whether The Bahamas should change its Head of State. I usually respectfully reverse this question. This is a decision entirely for The Bahamas, its government and its people. But I thought it might be useful to look at some of the facts that frame our connections.

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PETER YOUNG: Stay calm and carry on - but plans may have to change

HERE we go again. That is likely to be the tired and irritated reaction of most people in the UK in the face of new restrictions after the recent discovery in South Africa of Omicron, the name given to a new strain of COVID-19.

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FACE TO FACE: Two women with a vision to help businesses grow

Regina Smith and Kentisha Ward have a vision. They see a future where Bahamians become more self-sufficient and create a nation of producers. They have a dream of reducing hunger by transforming food waste into value added products. They envision reducing the national debt by increasing national exports. Most importantly, they have a vision of food sustainability through entrepreneurship.

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Gov’ts 3% growth target below UoB ‘health’ goal

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the Government is targeting a five-year average growth rate that falls short of that recommended to restore The Bahamas to economic and fiscal “health”.

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IMF: 12% VAT rate ‘lowest in Caribbean’

The Bahamas’ soon-to-be-repealed 12 percent VAT rate was branded “the lowest in the Caribbean” by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its much-debated report to the Government.

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Minnis: Give PI investor ‘all the help’ necessary

The former prime minister urged his investments chief to give a Bahamian entrepreneur “all the assistance necessary” to ensure his success only to snub him 12 months later for Royal Caribbean.

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New Ginn bid targets ‘wonder of the world’

A new contender to acquire the former Ginn sur mer project is aiming to construct a 28-storey “iconic tower” modelled on Alexandria’s ancient lighthouse as its focal point if the deal proceeds.

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Retailer’s $10m spend creates up to 70 job

A Bahamian retailer yesterday said its $10m eastern New Providence investment, which has created 60-70 jobs, attracted more consumer traffic than expected during Saturday’s opening.

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Promotions suspended? Not for some at WSC

ALTHOUGH the Davis administration initially said it would suspend staff promotions given under the previous government, the incoming Water and Sewerage chairman has admitted promotions have been recently given to certain staff.

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Sebas raises $19m for e-commerce purchase

Sebas Bastian raised nearly $19m from investors to finance the acquisition of an e-commerce platform that he yesterday said will become an “Amazon like” presence in The Bahamas and region.

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Rahming hits back on ‘victimisation’ charge

STATE Minister for Social Services and Urban Development Lisa Rahming has strongly denied allegations that she verbally abused and carried out acts of political victimisation against employees at the social agency, insisting “that’s not who I am”.

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‘A real dampener’: Fear over new COVID strain

The emergence of a new COVID-19 strain threatens to put “a real dampener” on Bahamian tourism’s rebound and that of the wider economy in the Christmas run-up, it was feared yesterday.