Election 2012


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Minnis blueprint for Over-The-Hill

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and his team unveiled a sweeping programme to revitalise Over-the-Hill communities last night, a plan that ranged from eliminating the use of outside toilets by 2025 to offering tax concessions to businesses and residents by the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Senate passes amendments for financial services

THE Senate yesterday passed a package of amendments designed to strengthen the financial services industry. However, during the Senate session, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) voiced displeasure with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ earlier crit

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Culmer: PLP on attack as it has nothing to offer

FREE National Movement (FNM) Chairman Carl Culmer yesterday accused the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) of “attacking the FNM” because the party has “nothing to offer” and refuses to admit its members failed while in office. In a statement, Mr Culme

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Enforcement key to crime bill

GOWON Bowe, president of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants, yesterday predicted the success of the government’s Proceeds of Crime Bill will hinge on enforcement. Mr Bowe, former chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, said while the recent

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Ferreira fends off questions about gazette error

ENVIRONMENT Minister Romauld Ferreira spoke yesterday about the controversy surrounding a gazetted document the Minnis administration says wrongly transferred functions from him to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, although he mostly avoided giving direct answers to reporters’ questions.

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MP denies kickback slur

BAIN and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson yesterday called a widely circulated allegation that he was caught receiving kickbacks from contractors a “total fabrication”.

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PLP action almost led to blacklist

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday blamed the former Progressive Liberal Party’s “lacklustre and late-again approach” for The Bahamas’ financial services industry’s near-blacklisting by the European Union as the government passed three pieces of legislation allowing the country to meet international standards.

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Gibson wants issues on Long Island resolved

LONG Island MP Adrian Gibson yesterday called on the government to intervene on pressing matters in his constituency which are hazardous to residents, suggesting these had long been ignored.Among the issues of concern, he told Parliament, is a barge

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Education Minister on Barbados factfinding mission

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd is conducting a “fact-finding mission” in Barbados on early childhood education, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said during yesterday’s press briefing. Pre-school education is a major focus for the Minnis administratio

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Mitchell hits back at Bethel over claims of race-baiting

PLP chairman, Senator Fred Mitchell yesterday fired back at claims the party was “race baiting” in its opposition to the Commercial Enterprises Bill (CEB), asserting that all race related remarks during debate on the bill has emanated from the govern

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Cabinet office 'should handle' probe into error in Ferreira document

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday that Cabinet Office has “carriage” over determining how some functions were wrongly transferred from Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis in an official document gazet

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Safeguards being put in place before tax-free zone rollout

GENTRIFICATION, fraud and conflicts-of-interests are threats to the government’s inner-city tax-free zone plan that experts are aiming to create safeguards against before the policy’s rollout next year, Dr Nicola Virgill-Rolle, head of the Economic Planning Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, said yesterday.

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New digital banking to cost jobs

THE announced discontinuation of many of Royal Bank of Canada’s in house services in a push to become more digital could signal similar actions by other banks in the country, raising concerns that more Bahamians may soon be unemployed, Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry Brent Symonette told The Tribune.

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‘Naysayers’ need to get on board

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis defended the Commercial Enterprises Bill from “naysayers,” stressing yesterday the long-term objective of the bill is to ensure positions filled by work permit holders one day become available to Bahamians, once they are properly trained.

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‘I made mistakes - I’m only human’

WHILE admitting he sometimes gets “it wrong” and does not communicate as best he could, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said there have been many “tough” days since the Free National Movement was elected to govern the country earlier this year.