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FNM blasts govt over proposed new tax

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday lashed out at the Christie administration over its proposed new tax to facilitate National Health Insurance.

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1,500 to be using social services debit card ‘by end of month’

NEARLY 1,500 people in New Providence will be able to utilise the Department of Social Services’ new pre-paid debit card by the end of this month, Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin has announced.

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Mitchell: We will fight smears against country

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that the government will use every resource to fight any smear campaign against the country.

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New tax to pay for NHI scheme

THE implementation of National Health Insurance, which is slated for a January 2016 first phase roll-out, “will likely” be financed through a new tax on Bahamians, according to Health minister Dr Perry Gomez.

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‘BTC job cutbacks show the duplicity of government’

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday rejected the government’s clarification that it will not interfere with the Bahamas Telecommunication Company’s plans to offer voluntary separation packages to hundreds of employees.

Gomez hails potential of stem cell projects

HEALTH Minister Dr Perry Gomez said five stem cell projects have been approved for operation in New Providence and Grand Bahama as he touted the benefits of the “revolutionary” industry to the Bahamian economy.

Exuma and Abaco centres to open ‘this year’

THE recently completed community health centres in Exuma and Abaco will open this year, Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez confirmed yesterday.

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Confirmation due this week of Carnival headliner

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe hopes the government will confirm an international artist to headline the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival this week.

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Mitchell tight-lipped on Detention Centre claims

IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell was tight-lipped yesterday on recommendations made by a local panel about the conditions at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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DNA leader tells govt to come clean over NIA

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney has said the time has come for the government to “come clean” over its spying on the Bahamian public.

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Government says Detention Centre report is 'inaccurate' and 'strains credibility'

THE Bahamas Government regarded allegations supported in a report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as "overstated and inaccurate", in a statement released yesterday.

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PLP Chairman backs Pinder over row with Rollins

PROGRESSIVE LIberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts sided with Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder yesterday following a heated argument Mr Pinder had in the House of Assembly on Thursday night with Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins.

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Christie: If Miller wants to walk out, PLP is a revolving door

ALTHOUGH Prime Minister Perry Christie does not believe that Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller is really serious about leaving the Progressive Liberal Party, he says the organisation operates as a revolving door and persons can “walk out or walk in”.

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Moss vows to fight to scrap VAT

MARCO City member of parliament Greg Moss said he will participate in an initiative to repeal value added tax (VAT) at the earliest opportunity possible as he accused the government of “double taxing” Bahamians.

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PM to meet BTC CEO

PRIME Minister Perry Christie expects to meet with BTC CEO Leon Williams sometime this week to discuss the company’s plans to streamline staff in preparation for liberalisation of the mobile services sector.