Election 2012

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Wilchcombe: Carnival did not attract as many as expected

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said now that the seeds have been planted for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival to grow and become a premier cultural festival, the opening of Baha Mar and other hotels are critical if they expect to have more visitors come for the event.

Freedom of Information Bill will need update to data protection laws

DATA protection legislation must be updated if the newly released draft Freedom of Information Bill is implemented in its current form, according to acting Data Commissioner Sharmie Farrington-Austin.

Belonger's permit may face challenge

THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Association yesterday pledged to challenge the constitutionality of the government’s new immigration legislation to establish the Belonger’s permit.

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DNA: Before raising allowance, account for how it is spent

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney said it should be mandatory for members of Parliament to provide a breakdown to the House of Assembly of constituency expenditure, as many of them are inactive in their elected areas.

Turnquest downplays Watson criticism

FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest sought to minimise scathing criticism about the party’s leadership which came from former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson, insisting yesterday that the FNM has “tolerance” for “dissension”.

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Dorsett: Petroleum bills will protect environment

ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett touted the merits of a compendium of petroleum bills that he said will protect the economic and environmental safety interests of Bahamians as the country looks ahead to likely oil exploration activities.

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FNM questions payouts for stallholders

FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest questioned yesterday why the Festival Commission would be “reimbursing vendors” for losses they suffered during Junkanoo Carnival since the event was hailed as a “success” by the government.

Promised referendum 'not abandoned'

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage said yesterday that he could not speak to the proposed constitutional referendum’s timeline as he reassured Bahamians that the government has not abandoned the idea.

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Speaker urges increase in constituency allowances

HOUSE of Assembly Speaker Dr Kendal Major yesterday urged Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Perry Christie to “have mercy” on parliamentarians by considering raising their constituency allowance.

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PM hoping 'fervently' for Baha Mar resolution

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that he “fervently” hopes to soon see a resolution to a dispute that has delayed the Baha Mar project.

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More than 4,000 residents now using Social Services debit card

MORE than 4,000 residents of New Providence are now part of the Department of Social Services’ modernised food assistance programme.

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Changes to Freedom of Information Act revealed

THE new Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill 2015 removes ministerial veto power over disclosures and sets out guidelines for the appointment of an independent Information Commissioner.

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Police say 90,000 attended Carnival

AN ESTIMATED total of 90,000 people attended this month’s inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival events in New Providence, according to official police statistics.

Compared: The new FOI draft vs the 2012 Bill

THE section of Exempt records in the new Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill 2015 released yesterday that was most expanded related to law enforcement.

Pintard urges change to law in wake of Gray row

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday urged the Christie administration to amend the law to stop island administrators from presiding over serious court matters.

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