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Government agencies and Christmas bonuses
The Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) is very concerned that Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) staff may not receive Christmas bonuses. The union represents line staff at the corporation. BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said las...
Protection of state officials
The armed home invasion yesterday at the residence of Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis is yet another reminder of how unsafe New Providence has become. Davis is acting prime minister, as Prime Minister Perry Christie led a ministerial d...
Consistent effort on shantytowns needed
At least two shantytowns on New Providence have been mostly cleared of shanties and their occupants. Structures have been demolished at a site at Seabreeze Lane and another off Carmichael Road west of Gladstone Road. Work has also begun on the demo...
The prime minister, VAT and listening
The opposition to value-added tax (VAT) by the business community has been overwhelming. Small, medium and large businesses have voiced their concerns in the public sphere on a daily basis since the government began talking up the issue. Many busin...
The world mourns Mandela
Nelson Mandela’s death yesterday at the age of 95 led to much reflection worldwide. Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of his country’s apartheid regime. Yet, after losing so much of ...
The new alert system for missing children
Dr. Bernard Nottage, minister of national security, yesterday tabled legislation in the House of Assembly that would provide for the creation of a sexual offenders’ register and a MARCO alert system for missing children. Marco Archer, 11, was foun...
VAT on electricity bills will fuel disconnections
The issue of the proposed value-added tax (VAT) is dominating debate in the country – as it should. The new tax would mark the biggest change in tax policy for The Bahamas in a generation. Consumers are fearful. Business owners are fearful. Une...
A strike by teachers is unnecessary
The leadership of the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) appears to be on the warpath. Yesterday the teachers held a vote to decide if they should officially have a strike vote. And according to BUT President Belinda Wilson, hundreds of teac...
The undocumented migrant
At the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations, the prime minister spoke of illegal immigration as a matter of the “highest national priority”. Indeed, Bahamians can agree with the prime minister that “our country simply does not have...
The season of giving
The year 2013 has been a trying one for many. Families are still mourning the 101 people murdered this year; many are fearful over the country’s continued economic troubles. In the run-up to Christmas Day, we all get giddy and shop to buy gifts f...
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