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Security firms urge using alarm systems in homes and businesses

WITH a recent increase in armed robberies in the capital raising concerns, local security firms are urging people to get alarm systems in their homes and businesses.

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PM defends remarks in UN address

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis has defended remarks he made at the United Nations last week regarding the European Union blacklisting, saying the time has come for these nations to account for what they have done to countries like The Bahamas.

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Prognosis is Denial? Agree or disagree?

Successive governments duly elected (sometimes I wonder how) exclaimed this land of ours was the best little country to every other claim of excellence and I wonder.

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'More productive Bahamas' if we get legal reforms right

Governance reformers yesterday argued that the Government's planned upgrades to anti-corruption, procurement and fiscal laws will set "a path to a more productive and sustainable Bahamas if we get it right".

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Bahamas ‘must work with developers who love us’

The Bahamas “must work with developers who love us” and “disengage” with those motivated only by profits who have no interest in environmental preservation, tourism industry operators argued yesterday.

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‘Unprecedented’ 200% private aviation growth

The Bahamas must “step our game” to sustain “unprecedented” growth that has spurred a 200 percent increase in private aviation arrivals, a prominent industry player urged yesterday. Charles Bowe, general manager at Jet Nassau, the major fixed base operator (FBO) at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), told a webinar to mark World Tourism Day that this nation needs to ensure such visitors are “wowed” from the time they arrive in The Bahamas given that their per capita spending exceeds all other tourist categories.

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IAN FERGUSON: The human touch in small business

More than 80 percent of Bahamian businesses do not have the benefit of on-staff human resources professionals. Literally thousands of Bahamians are operating without a buffer between them and management.

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‘Increased criminality’ drove 6% suspect reporting growth

THE FINANCIAL Intelligence Unit (FIU) says the 5.7 percent increase in suspicious transaction (STR) and other reports received in 2021 was driven by “increased criminality” experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UNCLE FEARED FOR LIFE IN AXE ATTACK: Assailant shot by police ‘had mental issues and killed close friend’

THE uncle of the 31-year-old assailant who was fatally shot by police on Sunday after he killed a man with an axe, said he feared for his life during his nephew’s rampage noting “either he would have killed me, or I would have killed him”.

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Procurement reforms may reach Parliament tomorrow

A CABINET minister yesterday said reforms to the Public Procurement Act may be tabled in Parliament tomorrow as the Government unveiled the upgraded electronic system via which all public sector contracts will be made available.

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‘Live up to’ Public Procurement law

The Bahamas must “live up to the letter and intent of the law” on public procurement, a governance reformer urged yesterday, as he hailed the unveiling of the Government’s new and upgraded tender portal.

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Vaccines to be made available in schools

Parents to receive their vaccination consent letters in next two weeks

ACTING Chief Medical Officer Dr Phillip Swann said officials are making final arrangements to facilitate the administration of paediatric vaccines in schools to help increase vaccinations among children.

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$167m BOB payout rolled over by Gov’t

The Government has decided not to complete Bank of the Bahamas’ rescue by injecting $167m in cash to replace a “promissory note” after efforts to recover the latter’s toxic commercial loans proved “trickier” than anticipated.

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Bahamas ‘must get ahead’ of EU attack

The Bahamas “must get ahead” of the European Union’s (EU) assault, a well-known accountant is arguing, and “address anything seen as remotely non-compliant” before new blacklisting threats emerge.

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INSIGHT: Shadow of crime never goes away

THE Bahamas reached an unwanted landmark last week – the 100th murder of the year.

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STATESIDE: Put the beer in the fridge, it’s almost election game time

American voters have about six weeks to wait before the next Congressional elections. Pundits, operatives and commentators from across the political spectrum are all weighing in on what they think is going to happen. It all makes for interesting speculation and if you basically see politics as theatre, it’s almost as much fun to read and listen to all this pontification as it is to follow your favourite NFL team. Politics also has winners and losers and endless speculation, just like football.

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‘Brace’ for insurance hikes: Ian recalls Andrew effects

Bahamian property owners were yesterday warned to brace for further insurance hikes with one underwriter revealing Hurricane Ian’s multi-billion dollar devastation brought back memories of market conditions from 30 years ago.

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Oil explorer says ‘entitled’ to four licence renewals

An oil explorer’s assertion that it is “entitled to a renewal” of its four Bahamas licences has given its opponents and local environmental activists “a sick stomach”.