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INSIGHT: Can BAMSI really eat into the $1 billion food import bill?

“BAMSI is such a sham. All you need to farm is ground, water and seeds. Why spend millions on dorms? What an a@#hat idea. Farming is about getting dirty and living off the land. Once again, millions spent for no purpose other than to sell Bahamians a false dream. Get your a#$ on your hands and knees and start tilling soil -- that’s how you farm. It’s not a banking job you know.”

A National Health Insurance plan for The Bahamas

Health care is essential, a fundamental right, good - and extremely expensive. With the latest National Health Insurance scheme set for implementation at the start of next year, Dr Robin Roberts sets out what is at stake and urges Bahamians - the people who matter most - to engage in the debate and make their views known.

Governing against the national intent

The evidence at hand suggests that this present government is hell-bent on taking this nation down a path that is against what Bahamians call the “national intent”. There are choices that citizens make and there are decisions that administrations make, and this Government seems to be on a path that makes us question their intentions.

Gray and his defence of Christie

On page A3 of Saturday’s 21st February issue of The Nassau Guardian appeared an article under the heading “Gray: Some PLP backbenchers need to revaluate political futures.”

Financial accounting needed on PMH Critical Care Block

BEFORE the May 2012 elections, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham toured the Princess Margaret Hospital’s state-of-the-art critical care unit, which by then was 95 per cent complete.

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Jamaican PM tells nationals in the Bahamas to ‘get legit’

JAMAICAN nationals living in the country were urged to “get legit” by that country’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, following bilateral meetings with the Bahamas government.

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Minnis: Supposed BAMSI insurer does not exist

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday claimed the company reportedly responsible for the insurance of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute’s (BAMSI) fire damaged dormitory “does not exist”.

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Still no headliner for carnival

LONG Island MP Loretta Butler Turner said she is surprised by the government’s apparent struggle to secure a headliner for the inaugural carnival, adding that this reinforces her belief that efforts should have focused on capitalising on Junkanoo, the country’s greatest cultural expression.

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Father shot dead as murders continue to rise

HOMICIDES this year have outpaced last year’s count for the same period by more than 20 per cent as police hunt for clues in the killing of a prominent doctor’s son.

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Further taxes too on alcohol and tobacco and rise in NIB ceiling

GOVERNMENT consultants have suggested the Christie administration levy a 5.8 per cent pay roll tax, increase taxes on “luxury items” such as alcohol and tobacco and “double” the ceiling for National Insurance Board contributions to fund the proposed National Health Insurance scheme, The Tribune understands.

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City dump is on fire yet again

THE New Providence landfill is on fire again, Fire Chief Walter Evans confirmed yesterday.

S&P ‘wants more’ from Gov’t on spending curbs

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) wants “more detail” from the Government on how it plans to curb its spending, its lead Bahamas analyst describing 2015 as “a pivotal year” for this nation and its economy.

AID blames VAT for 41% drop in sales growth rate

A leading retailer is blaming Value-Added Tax (VAT) for a 41 per cent drop in the sales growth rate at its Nassau stores, while calling on the Government to extend ‘exclusive’ pricing beyond hotels and dine-in restaurants.

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Death of woman found with cord round neck classified as homicide

POLICE expect to bring charges against a woman today in the “suspicious death” of Ariel Lowe, who was discovered by firefighters with a “black cord” tied around her neck last week.

Search for armed robbers

POLICE in Grand Bahama are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in the Caravel Beach area.

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Recycling plant out of action since plane crash

A RECYCLING plant in Freeport, Grand Bahama has been out of operation since November 9 when a Learjet carrying Dr Myles Munroe and eight others to a leadership conference crashed into its facility, destroying its generator and causing damages worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

‘Heightened’ enforcement promised for VAT

THE government has promised “heightened” enforcement measures for the implementation of value added tax.

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Mitchell to defend immigration policy at geneva meeting

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell will offer a defence of this country’s human rights record and immigration policies during a special, high-level meeting of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, tomorrow.

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Butler-Turner calls for support to help more women run for office

FORMER Free National Movement Deputy Leader Loretta Butler Turner lamented the fact that women are “underrepresented” in the House of Assembly and Cabinet, as she urged political parties to help create an environment of inclusion that will prompt more women to run for public office.

FNM delegation turned away from BAMSI and told farm is closed

A FREE National Movement delegation led by Dr Hubert Minnis was turned away from the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) site yesterday by security officers who claimed “the farm was closed”.

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