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Decay in infrastructure affects Baha Mar and all our islands

My ongoing experiences with inadequate drinking water here on Eleuthera dovetails with new criticisms about the air conditioning at Baha Mar, and the potential effects of smoke from the nearby smouldering New Providence landfill on tourists.

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BPL renewable energy plan still in ‘draft phase’

BAHAMAS Power & Light’s (BPL) $95m deal for new electricity generation “ties in” to its renewable energy plans, a senior executive has confirmed, although these are only in “draft phase”.

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Manufacturer demands 150% water import duty

THE Government should set tariffs as high as 150 per cent on imported bottled water, a local manufacturer arguing that “hundreds of jobs” could be created from such a policy.

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Second airline targets pre-flight COVID test

Another airline yesterday announced it was working with the Government to implement pre-flight COVID-19 testing for all passengers travelling to The Bahamas.

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Gov’t urged: ‘Set tone’ on renewable energy

The Government has been urged to “set the tone” for the renewable energy sector, with one provider warning the Bahamas is “way behind the eight ball” with less than 1 per cent penetration.

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Minister admits credit costs and access obstacle

A Cabinet minister yesterday admitted credit costs and access must be eased for Bahamians as he defended the government’s work permit reforms against opposition criticisms.

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Royal College of Surgeons Fellow helps bring back house call doctors

Dr Susan Williams-Lockhart appointed head of Bahamas Wellness Health System's mobile division

Former flight service physician, acute care specialist and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Dr Susan Williams-Lockhart has been appointed clinical director of the Bahamas Wellness Clinic with responsibility for its mobile medicine division.The

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Export agency seeks ‘orange economy’ link

A Caribbean export agency yesterday said it is seeking to partner with the Government to enable The Bahamas’ cultural and creative industries to fulfill their true economic potential.

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Private sector wants renewables re-start ‘as quick as possible’

The private sector is seeking an urgent meeting with Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) and its new operator in a bid to re-start the Renewable Energy Self Generation (RESG) programme “as quickly as possible”.

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Residential renewables can grid-tie in early ‘17

Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) residential consumers should be able to install grid-tied renewable energy systems by the end of January 2017, the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority’s (URCA) top executive said yesterday.

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Resorts hail airline over pre-flight COVID testing

Bahamian resorts yesterday hailed American Airlines' plan to conduct pre-flight COVID-19 testing on all international travellers coming to The Bahamas as an “excellent” initiative.

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'Lighter touch' regulation' for credit unions under $1m

Draft legislation is proposing a ‘light touch’ regulatory regime for credit unions with assets under $1 million, the Central Bank noting that the sector’s total assets have increased by 39 per cent since 2007.

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Bahamas abandons ‘seat of the pants’ approach

The Bahamas is preparing to abandon its “by the seat of our pants” approach to national development, a Cabinet Minister yesterday disclosing that the first ‘State of the Nation’ report is likely to be released in January 2016.

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Seeking the true meaning of a national celebration

By REV CANON SEBASTIAN CAMPBELL

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Cable closes first Florida acquisition

Cable Bahamas yesterday confirmed it had closed one of its four Florida acquisitions, purchasing US Metropolitan Telecom for $23.256 million.

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Nassau Palm's new owners in $8m upgrades

A private equity group plans to invest $8 million in upgrading the Nassau Palm Resort after completing the downtown Nassau property’s acquisition on Friday.

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Symonette stands firm on changes

THE opposition’s criticism of amendments to the Immigration Act is a “political red-herring”, Immigration Minister Brent Symonette said yesterday.

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Moody’s actions ‘inconsistent’ with structural concern

The Opposition’s deputy leader last night said Moody’s decision to maintain the Bahamas’ existing sovereign credit rating seemed “inconsistent” with its analysis, which repeated the structural concerns voiced by Standard & Poor’s (S&P).

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Bahamas eyes 'stimulus' from UK air tax reform

The UK’s air tax reforms “play right into the Bahamas’ diversification and international markets” growth strategy, a leading tourism executive yesterday saying it boosted this nation’s airlift connectivity via British Airways’ London hub.

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Bahamas suffers 40% UK visitor fall

The Bahamas suffered a 40.6 per cent fall in UK stopover arrivals in the six years to 2013, with a senior hotel executive expressing hope that London’s aviation tax cuts will have an “overarching positive impact” in reversing this trend.

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