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BUDGET: FNM – What about growth of economy?

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Michael Pintard was critical of Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis’ budget presentation yesterday, saying it ought to have been about growth.

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‘Hardship’ threat over VAT medical bill move

The Government is threatening to cause “additional hardship” for thousands of Bahamians who enjoy private medical insurance through VAT-related reforms that will increase medical bills and treatment costs.

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TEACHERS’ FEARS ON COVID TRACING: Union concern over ability to properly monitor school cases

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers is concerned about the capacity of the Ministry of Health and Wellness to facilitate proper contract tracing in the face of COVID-19 cases in schools and communities.

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Teachers: Use wisdom over shutting schools

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers is “closely monitoring” the spread of COVID-19 in public schools, its president Belinda Wilson urging the Ministry of Education to “utilise wisdom” as examinations get underway.

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Reimagining education

Throughout its 47 short years of existence, The College of The Bahamas (COB), now University of The Bahamas, has been marked by tides of change. Similarly, in more recent times, we have had change thrust upon us as a nation; first through Hurricane Dorian’s devastation resulting from climate change, and then the catastrophic health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ministry holds meetings over school violence issue

EDUCATION Minister Glenys Hanna Martin said her ministry plans to meet with several stakeholders this week to discuss concerns related to school violence and how government plans to respond to the issue.

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IAN FERGUSON: A new vision for Grand Bahama

I had the honour and privilege of attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the Carnival Cruise Line’s port terminal for the island of Grand Bahama yesterday and what a celebration it was.

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IAN FERGUSON: The advantages to buying Bahamian

The Bahamas presently imports more than $5.5bn in goods and services annually. Over 94 percent of our food is imported from the US and our other trading partners. For many years we have lamented these statistics, but have not made significant strides towards changing this reality.

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Inflation ‘hurricane’ for property owners

Homeowners and businesses have been warned that soaring inflation could leave them under-insured as the 2022 hurricane season looms, with one underwriter describing catastrophe cover as an “expensive but necessary evil”.

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$700m optimism Bahamas can ‘take oil price pressure’

A “$700m-plus” increase in US dollar purchases from the commercial banks during the 2022 first quarter has given the Central Bank’s governor optimism The Bahamas “can absorb” much of the pressure from high global prices.

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Regulators to demand BPL fuel hedge report

Regulators will demand “a comprehensive report” from Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) on the effectiveness of a fuel hedging strategy that has been the subject of much recent controversy.

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Recognise the talent within all employees

In large companies and government agencies, we often run into the challenge of viewing team members as multiple ‘fish’ swimming in a large ocean. Sometimes our companies become so large and impersonal that people - and their talents and gifts - get lost in the fray. I understand this all too well, as I have in many cases felt undervalued in various companies where I have served, both socially and from a work perspective.

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‘Hope and pray’: Food, energy cost hike may last three years

Bahamians were yesterday urged to “hope and pray” that the World Bank’s forecast of high food and energy costs lasting three years does not come true, with cooking oil and other staples increasing by up to 80 percent in recent months.

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IAN FERGUSON: How to handle office romance

Many people meet their lifelong partners at work, yet dating someone in the office is often frowned upon.

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Pintard: ‘Real questions’ on likely new BPL chief

The Opposition’s leader yesterday charged that there are “real questions” over the energy regulator’s “objectivity” amid suggestions that one of its senior executives is being eyed as Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) new chief executive.

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Raising the rates for NIB

So, PM Davis will not increase the level of NIB Contributions although the experts, the IMO actuaries say NIB must have higher contributions and experts for 10 plus years have been telling Government it is a must..

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Carbon market legislation is being prepared

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said the government is preparing to table legislation that will allow the country to participate in the global carbon market.

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The Moody’s verdict on the state of The Bahamas

Any endeavour that does not seek answers and direction for improvement is but a frolic.

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‘Place consumers ahead of votes on price control’

Eliminating price controls “would more than offset” soaring inflation, a Bahamian retail chief is arguing, but politicians remain too obsessed with “perception” and election votes to allow consumers to benefit.

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