Election 2012


Cabinet discusses which duty rates to cut ahead of launch of VAT

THE Christie administration met at Cabinet yesterday to work out the details of customs duty rate changes that are to come on stream in the lead up to Value Added Tax implementation, The Tribune understands.

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Pinder: My union will not join strike

JOHN Pinder, Bahamas Public Service Union president, said yesterday his union will not take part in the “massive strike” planned by the Trade Union Congress because he cannot support “a handful of greedy people” who think they should get more money than other civil servants.

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FNM demand for clarity on landfill contract

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday demanded that the government fully disclose the details surrounding an agreement with Renew Bahamas, a company contracted to manage the city dump, saying the opposition “does not want any closed door bargaining”.

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Christie prepared for more battles over environment

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said he was braced for future “court battles” with environmentalists.

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Wells 'being treated as a fall guy' over $650m deal

FREE National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said the government is using Ministry of Works Parliamentary Secretary Renward Wells as a “fall guy” by asking him to resign amid reports that he breached government protocols by signing a letter of intent with a company proposing a more than $650m waste-to-energy deal.

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PM: I will learn from mistakes

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday vowed that his administration would learn from the mistakes he made during his first term in office as he defended the government’s foreign direct investment thrust.

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Tributes paid as Edmund Moxey dies aged 80

FORMER Parliamentarian Edmund Moxey, who died in hospital yesterday, has been hailed as a “cultural warrior”, community activist and “legendary” musician.

Complying with Disabilities Bill 'the right thing to do'

WHILE it may be “difficult” for the private sector to comply with the recently passed Disabilities Bill, business owners know it is “the right thing to do,” a Chamber of Commerce official said yesterday.

FNM to keep watchful eye on building in $20m contract

FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis says the party will keep a watchful eye as Holiday Industrial Builders International carries out work on a $20 million contract to construct a new National Security building.

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Minnis: If Christie thinks FNM isn't ready for an election, call one

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday challenged Prime Minister Perry Christie to call an early election now saying Bahamians are tired of a “rogue, uncaring, selfish and undisciplined government.”

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Cabinet to hear gaming advice from taskforce

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday he expects to update the Christie administration on the Financial Action Task Force’s recommendations for the highly anticipated Gaming Bill when Cabinet meets this week.

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'Christie and Nygard link not good for the Bahamas'

FREE National Movement Chairman Darron Cash has charged that the relationship between Prime Minister Perry Christie and Lyford Cay billionaire Peter Nygard “cannot be good for the Bahamas” and suggested that the Progressive Liberal Party government “bows” to rich foreign investors at the expense of the country.

Builder defends $20m contract

GOVERNMENT-hired builder Rev Lloyd Smith has defended his construction firm Holiday Industrial Builders International (HIBI) insisting that during the arbitration process, which followed a “politically motivated” contract termination, he pocketed nearly $10 million as there was no evidence that his work did not meet coding standards.

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PLP chairman: Job statistics show success

NEW LABOUR Force statistics have validated the Christie administration’s job creation claims and confirmed the success of efforts to turn around the economy, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday.

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'PM didn't listen over gaming - why would he over re-election?'

FREE National Movement chairman Darron Cash said yesterday that Prime Minister Perry Christie will not listen to Bahamians about whether he should seek re-election in 2017.