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Crop forecasting to counter 'ad hoc' agriculture progress

Bahamian agriculture has been developing in an “ad hoc” manner for far too long, the Bahamas Agricultural Producers Association’s (BAPA) president telling Tribune Business yesterday that a market information management system, inclusive of crop forecasting, needs to be produced.

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‘Baha Mar committee is a sign of ad hoc governance’

LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday criticised the formation of a committee to oversee payments to Baha Mar creditors, insisting that this was evidence the Christie administration lacked the ability to plan well, instead relying on “ad hoc” governance.

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Gov’t still too slow over VAT ‘cobwebs’

The Government is still moving too slowly for the private sector’s liking in clearing the “last remaining cobwebs” surrounding unresolved Value-Added Tax (VAT) concerns.

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‘Ad hoc’ apprenticeship scheme causes concern

The Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern about the “ad hoc” organisation of the Government’s apprenticeship scheme, a key component in a $50 million scheme to improve workforce productivity and employment prospects.

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Bimini Bay facing homeowners revolt

The Bimini Bay Resort is facing a homeowners revolt in the Supreme Court, with multiple purchasers voicing concerns over how their properties and multi-million dollar maintenance fee sums are being managed.

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‘Ad hoc’ taxation stifling economy

The Government was yesterday urged to stop the “ad hoc” imposition of new taxes, amid warnings that its National Health Insurance (NHI) financing plans will cause “a further contraction” of the private sector.

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EDITORIAL: The real reason Fyre Festival went up in flames

IT IS easy to blame organisers for the debacle that was supposed to be a glam-packed Fyre Festival and instead went up in flames, becoming the non-event, empty tent city with pictures that went viral and fury heard round the world.

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90% of farmers 'disenfranchised' on land holdings

Almost 90 per cent of Bahamian farmers are effectively ‘disenfranchised’ because they do not own the land they use, a senior agricultural expert yesterday calling for a strategic plan to develop the industry rather than 
“the regular ad-hoc approach”.

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IDB blasts Gov’t debt management strategy

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has criticised the Government’s debt management strategy, warning that its reliance on domestic investors to cover a $1.2 billion financing gap would “likely be more expensive” and create an increased fiscal burden.

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Archbishop's call for a code of ethics

ARCHBISHOP Drexel Gomez yesterday urged the Christie administration to immediately establish a code of ethics, citing the political party's record and public criticism.

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Climate 'refugees' in the Caribbean

THE region is still in recovery mode from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The 2017 hurricane season is not over yet, but already it has been declared one of the top 10 most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record.Financial estimates of the damage caus

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CHAMBER CHIEF SUPPORTS GOV'T OUTSOURCING '110%'

By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation's (BCCEC) chairman has given his "110 per cent support" to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) call for more services to be outsourced to the private

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EDITORIAL: Can 150-year Royal Caribbean deal be changed?

IT IS interesting to see the Davis administration leap into action over the Royal Caribbean lease of Crown Land on Paradise Island.

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'Gone cold': Fate of Development Plan concerns

Chamber of Commerce executives yesterday voiced concerns that the National Development Plan (NDP) has "gone cold" and left The Bahamas without a road map to higher growth.

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New airline expected to arrive in Grand Bahama

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama will get a boost in visitor arrivals next week when a new airline is expected to arrive on the island as part of a trial run.

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New aragonite regime ‘almost ready’ to unveil

The government is working to develop a new licensing regime for aragonite mining that is “almost ready” for unveiling, a Cabinet minister has revealed.

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Pinder says govt looking to help people left in limbo

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder said the Davis administration wants to change laws to help people who are kept in limbo as they await prosecution.

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Small businesses push for Parliament march

Small business owners were yesterday said to be pushing for a march on Parliament, given that long-promised legislation to support and grow the sector was “collecting dust” within the Government.

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Planning enforcement key to Andros growth

ANY attempt to develop Andros without establishing properly planned and zoned districts will be a “hotbed” for economic and social chaos, a Bahamian engineer has warned.

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PM calls on UN for global tax oversight

The Prime Minister has renewed The Bahamas’ call for the United Nations to take more responsibility for overseeing tax and anti-financial crime initiatives that have battered its financial industry for two decades.

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