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Minnis: Govt more lost than missing airline jet

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis questioned yesterday whether a “gag order” was put on Prime Minister Perry Christie by the “higher ups” in the Progressive Liberal party for allegedly embarrassing the organization.

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'Airport delays highlight government incompetence'

THE DNA has hit out at continuing delays over the opening of the Marsh Harbour International Airport, saying it highlighted government incompetence.

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NO DATE FOR REFERENDUM: Nottage cites lack of campaign to educate public

THE lack of a public education campaign could be blamed for delays in any expected changes to the country’s constitution, a senior Cabinet Minister has confirmed.

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‘Payroll tax not a viable option’

BAHAMIAN workers would face grave reductions in take-home pay if a payroll tax were implemented instead of a Value Added Tax (VAT), the three leading government voices in financial affairs, including the Prime Minister, agreed.

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FNM deputy criticises delay in webshop laws

FNM DEPUTY leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday criticised the Christie administration for failing to table in Parliament regulations to legalise and tax web shops in the country.

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Debate to open on marijuana?

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage says the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is an issue that the government will soon be confronted with as authorities continue to combat the illegal production of the drug throughout the country.

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Minister responds over pilotage safety claims

FREEPORT – Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin has responded to claims made by an official at the International Maritime Pilots’s Association concerning the safety of pilotage in the Bahamas. She says the country has a remarkable maritime safety record overall.

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Criticism for Gray after cascarilla plants removed

THE Chief Councillor of the Acklins’ district council yesterday criticised MICAL MP and Minister of Agriculture V Alfred Gray for defending the government’s decision to ship cascarilla plants from that island to Andros.

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Minnis: BTC cannot outsource without government permission

FNM LEADER Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday the Bahamas Telecommunications Company cannot outsource Bahamian jobs overseas without the current government’s permission.

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Bran criticises FNM over claims

DNA leader Branville McCartney yesterday criticised the authenticity of concerns raised by the FNM over reported downsizing at BTC.

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Roberts denies BTC job cuts

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts has “categorically” denied the Free National Movement’s claim that the Bahamas Telecommunications Company is set to begin a major outsourcing programme that could lead to job losses for Bahamians.

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Gomez accuses Minnis of politicising fire

North Andros & Berry Islands MP Dr Perry Gomez yesterday accused FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis of politicising tragedy in the aftermath of the massive fire at Great Harbour Cay.

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Concern over cascarilla plants moved to Andros

ACKLINS MP and Minister of Agriculture V Alfred Gray yesterday defended the government’s decision to ship cascarilla plants from Acklins to Andros for research at the Agriculture and Marine Institute.

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Fears of mass lay-offs at BTC

FNM deputy leader Loretta Bulter-Turner has questioned whether mass lay-offs for scores of BTC employees is imminent as the company reportedly prepares to outsource its call centres to Panama.

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PM in Trinidad for lecture

PRIME Minister Perry Christie will deliver a lecture today at the Saint Augustine’s campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.

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