Straw vendors want Bannister fired

The Straw Vendors Association called for the Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister to be removed from his post over the handling of the Bay Street Straw Market. Last week, Bannister revealed that vendors owed thousands of dollars in past due rent, which he said, is partially to blame for some of the unresolved issues in the […]

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$70 mil payout expected for BPL VSEPs

More than $70 million will be paid out to Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) employees who were approved for the voluntary separation packages offered in an attempt to right-size the company. Some 314 employees voluntarily agreed to separate and a portion of them will remain on contract with benefits until they are phased out. Minister of Works […]

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Govt. to implement new parametres for contracts

The Ministry of Works is overhauling its contractor database and implementing new pre-qualification parametres for contracts, according to Works Minister Desmond Bannister on Wednesday. The announcement made yesterday in the House of Assembly (HOA), according to Bannister, will allow the ministry to better select qualified candidates for projects being offered by Public Works. Contractors will now […]

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Delinquent straw vendors partly to blame for market condition

New developments in the case of straw vendors emerged yesterday, as Works Minister Desmond Bannister told Eyewitness News that the failure of those vendors to live up to their weekly rent obligations is partly the reason the market is presently in dire straits. Bannister insisted that the rent is needed to help with the upkeep […]

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W&SC mgmt. defends firings, says was in best interest of company

Management at the Water and Sewerage Corporation (W&SC) defended the firing of three employees last week while blasting executives of The Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) Monday. W&SC Chairman Adrian Gibson told the media yesterday, that while the union called foul play in their decision, management at the country’s primary water facility […]

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Merchants weigh in on credit, debit card use

Some businesses still overcharging While merchants have been warned against charging customers a surcharge to use their credit and debit cards, many told Eyewitness News Monday that they were unaware that the practice was illegal and are still adding surcharges to bills paid with cards. Last week, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) Chief Executive […]

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Potholes a money maker for tire shops

The government is expected to spend an estimated $360,000 on pothole repair this year alone, according to Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister. Bannister told Eyewitness News via phone on Monday, that “seven to eight persons “are currently contracted to fix potholes for $50,000 each. Motorists complained to Eyewitness News that potholes are a dime a dozen […]

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NAD close to securing investor for long awaited airport hotel

Officials of the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) announced Friday that it is one step closer to finding an investor and operator for the planned hotel at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA). It has been nearly a decade since plans were announced by operators of the country’s main gateway, to develop the old domestic […]

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BCA still disappointed with workforce ratio at The Pointe

Bahamas Contractors Association (BCA) President Leonard Sands said he is unimpressed with the meager 33 per cent Bahamian workforce on China Construction America’s (CCA) The Pointe development in Downtown, Nassau. Last week, Director of Labour John Pinder told Eyewitness News that 33 per cent of persons employed at the development are Bahamians and said, he was […]

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