Major: Most gamers are responsible, savvy and can afford to game

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Despite widespread criticism which has suggested that the local gaming industry promotes irresponsible spending habits among gaming patrons, the head of The Bahamas Gaming Operators Association (BGOA) asserted on Tuesday that studies have proven that gaming patrons in The Bahamas are “responsible, savvy and can afford to game.” Gershon Major, President of […]

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Quarterly unemployment surveys to come

Statisticians say new design will be launched after population census   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Department of Statistics intends to change the design of its Labour Force Survey to provide quarterly reports on the level of joblessness in the country as opposed to twice annually, according to Senior Statistician Cypreanna Winters. The change in framework […]

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New industrial agreement signed for KFC managers and supervisors

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A comprehensive five-year industrial agreement for some 39 managerial and supervisory employees at Kentucky Fried Chicken was signed on Wednesday. “We have completed and executed an industrial agreement and it is very comprehensive. It entails basically all of the terms and conditions for the managerial and supervisory employees at Restaurant Bahamas,” said […]

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Sands assures PMH employees will receive December overtime pay

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands on Tuesday refuted the contents of a memo that was reportedly circulating over the weekend, which asserted that Princess Margaret Hospital employees who had worked overtime during the month of December will not be paid for those extra hours. Speaking to reporters before heading to the […]

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28th Bahamas Business Outlook to address critical national issues

Conference set for Jan. 17 at Baha Mar   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Business Outlook (BBO), the country’s premier economic conference, will feature an impressive list of speakers addressing issues which have dominated national headlines in recent months. Organizers say that the goal of each presenter is to move these national conversations forward, revealing solutions […]

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Sterling Bahamas Realty guides second-home owners through renovations

Wealthy second homeowners are increasingly turning to realtors to oversee the fortunes they pour into upgrading and customizing new home purchases once their real estate transaction is completed. “Whether its remodeling, maintenance or hurricane preparedness, luxury home buyers want customized, worry-free, time-saving solutions,” said Lamond Davis, president of Sterling Bahamas Realty, a firm that helps […]

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Pay your W&SC bill or be sent to court

Gibson: delinquent customers collectively owe more than $45 million   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Consumers with delinquent accounts at the Water and Sewerage Corporation will be forced to make their accounts current or face the court, warned Water and Sewerage Corporation Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson on Wednesday. “We have not forgotten those customers, so if payments […]

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Govt. not backing down in gaming tax row

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Government has dug its feet into the sand and remains resolute that it will move forward with introducing a tax regime on the gaming industry to ensure that it collects a fair share of its lucrative revenue, according to tourism minister with responsibility for gaming Dionisio D’Aguilar. D’Aguilar told reporters outside of […]

Gaming house attorneys suggest a winning tax over a patron’s tax

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A new development in the ongoing negotiations between government and gaming house operators, if approved, could possibly result in gaming patrons paying a winning tax as opposed to a suggested patron’s tax, said Attorney Wayne Munroe, QC, on Monday. Munroe revealed to Eyewitness News Online that both he and his colleague, Attorney […]

Ferguson: VSEPs for Grand Lucayan employees delayed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Trade Union Congress (TUC) President Obie Ferguson said yesterday that while he expects the government and the Grand Lucayan’s board to make good on their commitment to be fair to the employees of the resort with the voluntary separation packages (VSEPs), the disbursement of those funds has been delayed. Ferguson said, however, […]

Police want an increase in salary

Miller: officers have worked for nearly 20 years with no increase   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police officers are once again agitating for government to consider allocating additional funds into its annual budget to accommodate salary increases, according to Sonny Miller, President of the Police Staff Association. Police have been requesting salary increases for a number […]

Inland Revenue open on Saturdays to help with business licence renewals

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Department of Inland Revenue is opening its Client Services Centre on Saturdays for the month of January to support businesses applying for business licence renewals. All business licences expired at the end of 2018. Applications for renewals must be submitted online, using the Online Tax Administration System (OTAS), by January 31, […]

Straw Business Persons Society endorses Global Ports Holding bid for cruise port project

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Executives of the Straw Business Persons Society have declared their support for Nassau Cruise Port Ltd., the company that would operate the cruise port if the Global Ports Holding (GPH) bid for its redevelopment is successful. “We are not seeing as many tourists in the Straw Market as we used to,” explained […]

Change in business license fee structure

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In an effort to satisfy and comply with international tax standards outlined by the European Union (EU), some Bahamian business owners will experience a change in their annual business license fees this year, according to Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. “It is important to point out that the […]

Scott: Grand Lucayan board awaiting Cabinet signoff for VSEPs

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Michael Scott, the Grand Lucayan’s chairman, said yesterday that the resort’s board is awaiting Cabinet sign-off to conclude the voluntary separation packages (VSEPs) offer for the more than 200 employees who have applied. “The matter is with Cabinet,” he said when contacted. “We’re waiting for the final approval so we can pay […]