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Chamber directors now fully installed

Grand Bahama’s business community came out in force for the annual banquet and installation of the Chamber of Commerce’s officers and directors. Pictured are back row (L to R): Dan Romance, Bradford Marine; Lynn Lowe, Kelly’s Freeport; Janet Albury, VIP Services; Mick Holding, GB Shipyard; Kevin Seymour, Pharmachem; Larry Albury, Freeport Jet Wash; Dillion Knowles, Dillon F. Knowles Consulting; and Sarah Kirkby, Barefoot Marketing.

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Santa on the beach as he swaps sleigh for seaplane

SANTA Claus arrived early for 170 excited students at the R N Gomez All Age School last week, his sleigh a seaplane which landed at Great Harbour Cay in the north Berry Islands to deliver Christmas gifts and cheer.

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Seaside Pavilion brings change to concert scene

The Celebration of Love concert featuring Grammy award winning artist R Kelly brought in several firsts for the Bahamas.

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The power of poetry

THE US Embassy, in partnership with American poet, author, and motivational speaker, Omekongo Dibinga of UPstander International, facilitated a five-day workshop focused on poetry and spoken word with over 50 students in grades 10-12 at C R Walker High School.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS: Barracuda/Leno Corporate Services Invitational

• RESULTS of the Barracuda Swim Club’s Leno Corporate Services Invitational at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex over the weekend:

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New counselling centre offers 50 sessions for free

WITH so many Bahamians suffering from grief, hurt or loss, the D & R Professional Counselling Centre found it necessary to offer free sessions to the general public.

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Lodge helps BTVI trainees to pursue their dreams

A PARTNERSHIP that began two years ago continues to strengthen with the first awards of the Idris George Reid Scholarship to attend the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) presented by Lodge Claudius R Walker.

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Venue transformation underway for R&B giant

THE TRANSFORMATION is underway to create a world class stage for Grammy Award winning R&B artist R Kelly at the Seaside Pavilion, Arawak Cay.

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Contractors fearing 'huge black market'

Well-known contractors yesterday warned of a “brutal” impact if they were forced to absorb Value-Added Tax (VAT) on pre-existing contracts, and said the new levy could create a “huge black market” in construction services.

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No GB electricity rate rise for five years

Grand Bahama residents and businesses will see no increase in their electricity rates “for the next five years”, after the island’s utility agreed to absorb Hurricane Matthew’s $27.5 million restoration costs itself.

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Presure group sceptical on no GB Power rate rise

The head of a pressure group that has been pushing for lower Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) tariffs yesterday expressed scepticism over its promise not to increase rates for the next five years, suggesting it was “all a public relations cover-up”.

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Bahamas tops region's risks with over 40% food import dependency

The Bahamas is among the Western Hemisphere countries most vulnerable to global food price rises because it imports more than 40 per cent of its rice and wheat, with a leading food retailer warning Bahamians to brace for cost increases of at least “a couple of percentage points”.

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Arresting hip pain

Your hip is a weight bearing joint, and all of your weight above the waistline has to be supported by your hips.

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Godfrey Kelly and Andrew Ingraham complete R E Cooper Awards list

GODFREY KELLY and Andrew Ingraham will be recognised by the R E Cooper Sr National Meritorious Service Awards next month.

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Priest who fought for civil rights to speak at banquet

FATHER George Clements, the world renowned and most decorated priest of all time, is expected to be one of the featured guest speakers at the annual R E Cooper Sr Meritorious Service Award Gala Banquet later this year.

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Shock as teacher collapses and dies at school

A VETERAN public school teacher collapsed yesterday at the R M Bailey Senior High School and later died after complaining that he was feeling ill, Director of Education Lionel Sands confirmed yesterday.

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Eight-month VAT transition is 'best thing for builders'

The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday hailed the eight-month VAT ‘transition’ for existing projects as “the best thing the Government can do for construction”.Leonard Sands told Tribune Business that the Minnis administrati

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50 gallons of fuel dumped after barge runs aground in Long Island

ABOUT 50 gallons of fuel has been dumped in waters near central Long Island following the grounding of a barge carrying hurricane relief supplies to several other Caribbean islands.Long Island MP Adrian Gibson, in a series of updates on his official

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Miller: Full amount of VAT will not go on BEC bills

BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation customers will not have to pay the full 7.5 per cent value added tax on their light bills, according to BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller.

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Concern on new LPIA fee rises

A BAHAMIAN airline executive yesterday warned that increased fees levied against carriers at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) could ultimately impact the country’s tourism sector,adding that the Government must decide on a plan for the aviation sector going forward.