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Nicole: Tourism suffers no ‘overwhelming shrinkage’

The Bahamian tourism industry has not suffered a “material” reduction in bookings and guests despite now-Hurricane Nicole striking Grand Bahama and Abaco, a senior hotelier said yesterday.

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DEVELOPER SUES GOVT FOR $3BN: Austrian takes action over blocked project in Abaco’s Treasure Cay

A controversial Austrian developer is demanding an astonishing $3bn-plus in damages and interest from the Government after it blocked his bid to acquire Abaco’s Treasure Cay project.

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Treasure Cay ‘can’t afford’ $3bn legal battle’s fall-out

TREASURE Cay homeowners yesterday warned they “can’t afford” for the development to be “tied up for years” by a $3bn claim against the Government.

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FNM vice-chairman sues party leaders

FREE National Movement vice-chairman Richard Johnson has taken legal action against party leaders Michael Pintard and Dr Duane Sands after being banned from attending future council meetings, which he claimed violated the party’s constitution.

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DPM: We couldn’t let $100m Grand Lucayan buyer stall

THE deputy prime minister yesterday said the Government had grown tired of the prospective $100m Grand Lucayan buyer constantly stalling over the deal by repeatedly asking for due diligence extensions.

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Dorian tax breaks extension ‘no brainer’ following Nicole

Extending the Hurricane Dorian tax breaks in their existing form was yesterday branded “a no brainer” by Abaco residents, who argued that to do otherwise would be “pretty heartless” after the latest storm to strike the island.

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CRIMINAL PROBE OF FTX LAUNCHED...while FNM wants to know if government was left exposed

POLICE are working with the Securities Commission to investigate if any “criminal misconduct occurred” in view of the collapse of FTX, the Royal Bahamas Police Force announced yesterday.

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FTX’s Bahamas properties caught in Chapter 11’s net

FTX’s Bahamian real estate purchases - which could be worth a collective $300m - were made through a company currently covered by US Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings rather than the Bahamian provisional liquidators.

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Man ‘should serve 12 years’ for repeated sex offences

A 73-year-old Grand Bahama man convicted of having unlawful sexual intercourse with an eight-year-old girl was labeled a repeated child sex offender who should serve a prison term of 12 years, a Crown prosecutor submitted to the Supreme Court.

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Pintard to take BPL woe to Public Accounts Committee

The Opposition’s leader says he will place Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) up to 163 percent fuel charge increase before Parliament’s spending watchdog in a bid to uncover how much government “errors” are costing Bahamians.

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Get your shots as flu cases are on the rise

LOCAL health officials have seen a rise in the number of reported flu cases in the country, with one expert warning Bahamians to stay alert and up to date with their influenza vaccinations before heading into the holiday season.

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Chinese saw Baha Mar as ‘state-owned assets’

Baha Mar’s Beijing-owned contractor and major financier were already treating the mega resort project as “state-owned assets” prior to finally ousting Sarkis Izmirlian as the project’s developer.

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INSIGHT: As we approach 50, what does our future look like?

THE scene on Saturday morning was beautiful to see. Crowds turned out in force to either take part or volunteer to organise the Road to 50 road race.

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WORLD VIEW: US Mid-term elections - a defining moment

DEMOCRACY is at stake in the country that proclaims itself as the world’s bastion of democracy.

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WORLD VIEW: America’s Democracy not trumped in mid-term vote

IN my commentary last week entitled, US Mid-term elections: a defining moment for the World, I pointed out that no less a person than Joseph R Biden Jr, the President of the United States of America, proclaimed that democracy is at stake in his country.

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Collapse ‘bewilders’ FTX Bahamas staff

FTX’s 40 Bahamian staff have been left “bewildered and beleaguered” by the speed of the crypto exchange’s collapse, a senior executive says, amid hopes its $74m real estate outlay will prove a key recovery source for local creditors.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Influencer wariness

THE UNINTENTIONAL IMPACT OF THE COLLAPSE OF FTX

RONALDO, the drop-dead handsome, talented Portuguese footballer, gets $1.6 million per Instagram post, another $800,000+ per Tweet. When he vouches for dandruff-beating Clear shampoo and hair products, enough of his 443 million followers scamper to scoop up bottles off the shelves that he’s worth every penny of the funds he earns as an influencer.

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FIBA World Cup ‘23 Americas Qualifiers postponed

WITH the impending impact of Tropical Storm Nicole on The Bahamas, FIBA and the Bahamas Basketball Federation announced the postponement of the latest window of the World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers.

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‘So far so good’ for Abaco

ABACO residents dealt with immense flooding from the late season storm Nicole yesterday, with some experiencing anxiety and others thankful this experience was not as traumatic as Hurricane Dorian.

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S&P slashes Bahamas ‘23 growth to just 1.1%

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) yesterday slashed its 2023 economic growth forecast for The Bahamas to just 1.1 percent despite giving the country a break on repeated annual creditworthiness downgrades.