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‘Go-to’ contractor faces worker payment probe

A contractor, which advertises itself as “fast becoming the go-to” builder at Abaco’s Baker’s Bay development, was yesterday confirmed to be under investigation for alleged non-payment of Bahamian workers.

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Pharmacies hopeful new price controls ‘cease’ next Tuesday

Pharmacies are voicing cautious optimism that their lower-margin price control regime could end as early as next Tuesday with the industry also pushing for a reduction in work permit fees.

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FRONT PORCH: Person of the Year 2022

WOMEN ACTIVISTS, THE ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY

IT IS a lazy misnomer and misread of world and Bahamian history to repeat the cliché that women were “granted” the right to vote. It was not a grant or gift. Women fought ceaselessly, organised, were jailed, ostracised, went on hunger strikes, were mocked – and sometimes died in demanding and seizing the right to vote.

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Government hopes to seal BPSU deal - despite ‘disadvantage’

THE Davis administration hopes to conclude ongoing industrial agreement negotiations with the Bahamas Public Service Union this month, despite the union saying the government’s latest proposal puts its members at a “disadvantage”.

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Chief Justice defends judiciary

CHIEF Justice Ian Winder yesterday defended the work done by the courts, saying it is irresponsible for people to attack the judiciary and say they are responsible for all that ails the criminal justice system.

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Broker integration vital to end $50m Customs loss

The Ministry of Finance yesterday asserted that broker “integration” with Customs’ systems is vital to eliminating more than $50m in annual revenue losses amid a continuing dispute over whether such requirements are lawful.

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Pindling name fades in the PLP

I wasn’t surprised that Dame Marguerite Pindling took the opportunity on Majority Rule Day to publicly upbraid executives of the Progressive Liberal Party for the perceived wrong done to her late husband’s name.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Crime and corporal punishment

OVER the past few days, in addition to the usual crime reports, there have been stories about the need to address what the prime minister called a “serious a chronic problem”.

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Roots wants Junkanoo judging change

MEMBERS of The Roots have called for the “abolition” of Junkanoo’s “flawed” judging system, adding it is overdue to be changed.

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Second US aviation group calls for Bahamian airline sanctions

A second aviation industry group yesterday backed calls for sanctions to be imposed on Bahamian airlines flying to the US unless this nation reforms its allegedly “unjust” overflight fees.

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‘Future generations and youth let down’ over NIB

The National Insurance Board (NIB) must be given more independence from government, a pension specialist urged yesterday, adding: “Successive administrations have let the youth and successor generations down.”

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$233m IMF rights can’t be viewed as ‘panic exercise’

The Government must not allow its borrowing of $233m in IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) from the Central Bank to be perceived as “a panic exercise”, a Bahamian commercial banker has warned.

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Mitchell blasted by Dame Marguerite

DAME Marguerite Pindling caused a stir yesterday when she demanded an apology from Progressive Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell as she publicly accused him and the PLP for using a Majority Rule Day event at her husband’s grave as “a stepping stone”.

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Roadwork-hit businesses seeking ‘come back to Village Road’ boost

A “COME back to Village Road” incentives package is needed to revive businesses that have been damaged by the year-long roadworks impacting that corridor and the surrounding area, an entrepreneur is arguing.

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Small businesses facing struggle on NIB rate hike

BAHAMIAN small businesses will struggle to absorb any National Insurance Board (NIB) contribution rate increase due to the multiple other expenses hikes they are grappling with currently, a sector consultant has warned.

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CLICO victims: Don’t forget our $35m need

Victims of CLICO (Bahamas) implosion have made an impassioned call to the Government not to forget their continuing plight with an estimated $35m still required to make them whole.

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FTX CEO’S ATTACKS ON BAHAMAS ‘MISGUIDED’: Attorney General hails regulator for ‘proper’ measures

FTX’s US chief has admitted his attacks on The Bahamas’ integrity were “misguided” by agreeing to work with the failed crypto exchange’s local liquidators, the Attorney General argued last night.

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Opposition: Is customs broker ‘integration’ legal?

THE Opposition’s finance spokesman last night queried whether the Customs laws and regulations must be changed before mandating that brokers acquire third-party software to “integrate” with its electronic import clearance system.

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'Too late': Fired Gaming Board employees can't get jobs back

Seventeen former Gaming Board employees, who were found to have been unfairly dismissed, have lost their bid for reinstatement some four-and-a-half years after they were terminated.

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Warning on crime

I had written several Letters to the Editor in 2022 in The Tribune newspaper giving great recommendations and suggestions to deter gangs, reduce guns and prevent crime in the Bahamas.