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We need Baha Mar

Thanks again for allowing me this space in your most valuable paper. It really was and still is one big mess – the “Baha Mar” saga, one may say. However, there is a beginning of a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, to speak, for that large mega resort and great economy saviour of The Bahamas and its people.

Tropical Storm Ida meanders in mid-Atlantic

TROPICAL Storm Ida is forecast to move slowly northwards in the mid-Atlantic Ocean on Thursday night, with little strengthening predicted over the next two days.

Laws considered to enforce deduction of union dues from salaries

THE government is aiming to amend the country’s labour laws in a bid to force the Melià resort’s hand after the hotel stopped deducting union dues from the salaries of its employees, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.

CCA ready to work ‘right away’ on Baha Mar site

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday that China Construction America is prepared to remobilise on the Baha Mar site and resume work towards completing the resort “right away.”

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Minnis anger at hiring of foreign consultant

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday chastised the government over claims that it had hired a foreign consultant without necessary approvals from the Public Hospitals Authority.

General Post Office back to normal today after closure

OFFICIALS expect the General Post Office to resume normal operating hours today after challenges with air-conditioning and plumbing forced closures over the past four days.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Time to shuffle the deck

Of late, I have heard many Bahamians begin to talk about an exit strategy, about looking in other jurisdictions for employment and a better way of life and about feeling totally disenchanted with the same ole, same ole political and economic processes.

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Minnis ‘relishes chance’ for national debate

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard said that FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis relishes the chance to demonstrate the “clear difference” between him and whoever emerges as the leader of the PLP through a national debate.

YOUR SAY: Choose wisely when picking candidates

IN the grand scheme of things in The Bahamas, political parties have become somewhat of a sideshow to the public expressions or shenanigans of their respective leaders.

Opening door to finance for young

ORGANISERS of the country’s leading youth financial initiative, Colina Financial Advisors Ltd’s Junior Investor programme, yesterday launched its New Providence operation at the Super Club’s Breezes Resort.

Woman accused of killing friend is denied bail

A WOMAN was denied bail yesterday after a judge determined that there was no unreasonable delay in her trial concerning the murder of a female friend.

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THE best Wahoo fishing spots in The Bahamas are on “the edge”.

Govt collects $150m in new net revenue from VAT

Preliminary results show that, up until June, the government collected $150 million in new net revenue from VAT, State Finance Minister Michael Halkitis said yesterday.

Call for foreign attorneys to practice in the Bahamas

Financial Services Minister Hope Strachan yesterday reiterated the call for international attorneys to be allowed to establish business operations in The Bahamas to facilitate cross border business and arbitral maters, arguing that this would in no way harm the Bahamian legal profession but instead expose local attorneys for employment opportunities abroad.

Bahamas ‘has not done good job’ of financial services marketing

A former Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) chairman said yesterday that, compared to its competitors, this nation has not done a good job marketing itself to key markets in the financial services industry, arguing that board has not been equipped with enough resources to effectively market the industry.

International arbitration centre plans moving ‘full steam ahead’

Plans towards the establishment of The Bahamas as an international commercial arbitration centre are moving “full steam ahead”, Minister of Financial Services Hope Strachan said yesterday.

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A hero’s welcome for Miller and Eve

It was a hero’s welcome for a pair of St Augustine’s College alumnus as they returned to their alma mater.

NPACBO to host referees’ conclave

THE fall season means basketball is soon on the agenda for many Bahamians ranging from the scholastic to the amateur night league level and referees plan to ready themselves much like the players on the floor.

‘Reno’ ready for IBF Middleweight Title Eliminator

POISED to take a major step forward in his career in his quest toward a major title fight, Bahamian prize fighter Tureano Johnson promises to take advantage of his opportunity.

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What a time…to be alive. We live in a season where the Bucs, Raiders, Jags, Browns and the team from Washington all won on the same day. And I promise you this wasn’t at a Madden tournament. A season where two of the four teams considered lead pipe locks to make their conference championship games are currently winless. It’s the NFL in all its stupid, horrible to bet on, but fun to watch parity (Can I say that? Is that legal here now? I’m not sure about how any of this or how numbers and gambling works. The rallies were fun though).