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BPL ‘critical’ without new equipment

BAHAMAS Power and Light is at a “critical stage” and if the company does not get new equipment immediately, the summer will be plagued with power outages, according to President of the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union Paul Maynard.

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Foulkes: No work permits where Bahamians are qualified for job

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has directed government officials to ensure that no foreigner should get a work permit where there are qualified Bahamians to fill that position, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said yesterday.

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UPDATED: Shooting at Boatswain Hill leaves man dead

A MAN was shot dead in the Carmichael Road area yesterday, bringing the country’s murder count for the first five months of  2017 to 58, according to The Tribune’s records.

Gov’t ‘opening Pandora’s Box’ with VAT breaks plan

The Government was yesterday warned that its VAT ‘exemptions’ plan will “open up a Pandora’s Box” of demands for ever-increasing concessions that may undermine the Bahamas’ low-tax model.

Govt to ‘hold spend in line’ with 2016-2017

The Minister of Finance has pledged to hold spending “in line with the previous year as much as we can” in Wednesday’s Budget, with any overshooting caused by the Christie administration’s spending commitments.

Cut spending 5% per year, Govt is urged

The Bahamas needs to cut spending by 5 per cent a year during the Minnis administration’s five-year term in office unless economic growth suddenly picks up, a governance reformer believes.

Govt urged: Unleash the Freeport ‘stallion’

A well-known QC has urged the Government to follow through with “loosening the reins of control” over Freeport, thereby allowing the Bahamas’ “economic stallion to gallop towards the finish line”.

MAB chief: Catastrophic health insurance plan can be ‘hammered out’

The Medical Association of the Bahamas (MAB) president believes it will be possible to “hammer out” a catastrophic health insurance plan, but emphasised: “You can’t look at healthcare in a vacuum.”

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Roberts: Minnis deceptive over pledges on VAT and healthcare

BRADLEY Roberts has accused Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis of “deceiving” the Bahamian people with campaign promises to repeal value added tax (VAT) on electricity, healthcare and breadbasket items only to “back peddle” from these pledges in the Speech from the Throne.