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A road by a new name

As an interested party in the resurrection of this ancient road/lane (Eastern Cemetery Lane), about which a Ministry of Works notice appearing in yesterday’s Tribune proposes that it be renamed to Harbourside Way.

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Vacation homes, retail driving Andros growth

The Andros Chamber of Commerce president says the island experienced “significant growth” in 2021 with vacation homes and the retail sector leading the way.

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Speaker’s anger at NEMA boss’ response

HOUSE Speaker Patricia Deveaux sharply rebuked National Emergency Management Agency director Captain Stephen Russell yesterday, telling him “you need a 9 to 5 job” and suggesting he did not have the same vision as the government to advance the country.

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Speaker’s comments were wrong

I would appreciate the publication of this open letter in The Tribune addressed to House Speaker Patricia Deveaux for her criticism of Public Officer Mr. Stephen Russell, Director of The Bahamas National Emergency Agency, for his handling of the recent tornado that hit our island.

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FRONT PORCH: Finding the balance in relations with the US and China

CHINA is obviously not attending the 2022 Summit of the Americas currently being hosted by the United States in Los Angeles. But the country of 1.4 billion looms large as a competitor to the US for the interests, investment needs and geopolitical considerations of the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Suspected drowning probed

POLICE are investigating an apparent drowning over the weekend off Arawak Cay.

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PETER YOUNG: The other side of the world but how similar is the game being played

GIVEN the US media’s well known preoccupation with domestic affairs, it is perhaps no surprise there was sparse coverage this side of the Atlantic of Australia’s federal elections ten days ago.

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INSIGHT: US supplies the guns but it’s our people who won’t stop using them

The most obvious thing in the world to say this week is that America has a gun problem.

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‘Swinging for the fences’ as tax breaks hit $486m

The Government is “doing a bit of swinging for the fences” in its future revenue projections, a governance reformer believes, amid indications $486m in tax concessions were granted during the first nine months of the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

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‘Fantastic’ food tariff cuts won’t fully offset inflation

The Budget’s tariff cuts “can’t compensate” fully for the 20 percent increase in food prices since late 2021, Super Value’s principal said yesterday, although they may cover “half of what was lost” by the return of breadbasket VAT.

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‘Stay tuned’ for share offering, says Doctors

Doctors Hospital says investors will “hear from us in the next quarter” on plans to finance its multi-million dollar Bahamian healthcare expansion via an equity share offering.

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VAT boost from $2bn real estate purchases

More than $2bn in real estate sales were brought forward for stamping and the payment of taxes during the first 11 months of the 2021-2022 fiscal year, it has been revealed.

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Vaccinations still key to end pandemic

We are enjoying a gradual reduction of COVID-restrictions in The Bahamas. That is a good thing to be celebrated. We should remember that COVID-19 is still present and new variants are still developing and spreading around the globe. The impact of the COVID-19 virus lingers across our country. Some have lost loved ones. Many of us have friends or family who are still feeling long-term COVID effects.

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‘No disconnect’ despite $200m surplus increase

The Bahamian economy’s “exceptional” post-COVID rebound justifies revisions of more than $200m in key Budget projections, top officials asserted yesterday, despite Opposition fears of a “disconnect” that will undermine fiscal credibility.

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Moody’s: Multiple ‘risks’ to Gov’ts fiscal forecast

Moody’s last night warned of multiple “risks” to the Government’s fiscal consolidation projections due to the absence of any tax increases in the just-unveiled Budget, while spending restraint will “weigh on economic growth”

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FACE TO FACE: A couple who shared their life building a family and the nation

IT is always extraordinary when you come across entire families that have a legacy of nation building. When matriarchs and patriarchs put service above self, they leave indelible marks - not only on their families - but on their country. In this case, I share the heritage of the Coakley family as they say goodbye to their matriarch, Marietta Margaret Coakley.

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Bahamas can enjoy $177m boost from near-home focus

The Bahamas could increase goods exports by some $177m if it maximises its “nearshoring” potential, an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study disclosed yesterday.

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Tests remain for unvaccinated

TOURISM, Investments and Aviation Minister Chester Cooper said that a change to the requirement for unvaccinated travellers to be tested for COVID-19 is not being considered at present.

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Bank chief challenges PM over $80m ‘revenue loss’

A Bahamian commercial bank chief yesterday challenged the Prime Minister’s assertion that the Government lost $80m in revenues through the sector’s 2018 tax structure change to meet the European Union’s (EU) demands.

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Blaze rips through Grand Bahama junkyard

A massive blaze broke out at a car junkyard yesterday in the commercial industrial area of Queen’s Highway, Freeport.