Election 2012

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5,000 companies signed up for VAT

EARLY registrants for the new value added tax system have surpassed the government’s expectations with nearly 5,000 companies already on board, according to State Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis.

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Praise for government as grouper season closed

ONE of the largest supporters of marine conservation in the Bahamas has praised the government for its decision to declare a fixed closed fishing season for the Nassau Grouper, allowing the critically endangered fish a chance to spawn.

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Mortimer: Parties should unite to fight crime

THE Democratic National Alliance deputy leader yesterday called for all political parties to join forces in developing a national approach to combat crime, claiming that citizens are now “crippled by fear” after a recent surge in criminal activity.

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'Use natural resources as part of $100bn plan'

BAHAMAS Public Services Union President John Pinder yesterday announced his endorsement of the Bahamas National Citizen’s Council’s proposal to government of a 25-year development plan that would theoretically raise $100bn from the World Bank towards the development of the country’s economy.

Salaries of politicians 'a real challenge', says Prime Minister

IN the wake of Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder’s resignation, Prime Minister Perry Christie admitted yesterday that salaries of politicians “is a real challenge” for Bahamian professionals wishing to enter the field.

Minnis says Pinder is leaving sinking ship

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday charged that Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder’s resignation from his Cabinet post demonstrated his lack of confidence in the government’s “sinking ship”.

Bill passed to create foreign service at cost of $2m

PARLIAMENTARIANS last night passed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bill, that will for the first time create a foreign service as a separate part of the public service.

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Pinder: I'm not jumping ship

ELIZABETH MP Ryan Pinder yesterday called the FNM “desperate” after the party’s leaders accused him of resigning as minister of financial services because of lost confidence in the government.

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Pinder quits Minister post

RYAN Pinder, Minister of Financial Services, has reportedly resigned from his Cabinet post to take up a position with a private bank, several sources told The Tribune yesterday.

Two FNMs have concerns about referendum bills

ONLY two Free National Movement members of parliament have concerns about the proposed constitutional referendum bills now before the House of Assembly while the other opposition members are on board, FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

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When Christie met Castro

Prime Minister Perry Christie met Cuba’s president Raul Castro at the end of the 18th Caricom heads of government meeting at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana yesterday morning.

Mitchell meets with Haitian counterpart

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday he discussed this country’s new immigration policy with Haitian Foreign Minister Duly Brutus during a recent meeting on the sidelines of a CARICOM summit in Havana, Cuba.

Minister says Grand Bahama has weathered the worst

SIX graduates from a Spanish for Tourism language course in Freeport last week heard Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr Michael Darville, strike an optimistic economic note as he told them that the island has “weathered the worst part of the storm and brighter days lie ahead”.

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PM: We must continue to support Cuba internationally

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said The Bahamas must continue to support Cuba in the international community, including advocating for the rejection of any blockage against the republic.

DNA calls for transparent probe into abuse claims

WHILE he said he supports the government’s efforts to clamp down on illegal immigration, Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday urged officials to publicise investigation findings into alleged abuses of detainees by immigration officers.