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Speaker presses for pay overhaul

House Speaker Halson Moultrie said yesterday the Judges’ Remuneration and Pensions Act could be used as a precedent for the establishment of a review committee or commission to bring parity to salaries of those in the parliamentary and executive branches of government.

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Nothing ‘devious’ in new bond deal

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday defended the Minnis administration’s securing of a $750m US bond, insisting there was nothing “devious” or “surreptitious” about the way in which the transaction was handled, adding it would have a “neutral” impact on the country’s debt levels.

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Dames: No alarm over RBDF guns purchase

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames stuck to his guns yesterday as he rebuffed lingering concerns over revelations the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) sourced weapons and military items from a home-based business.Mr Dames said while he underst

Women 'to play crucial part' in economic growth of island

WOMEN will play an important role in the economic advancement of Grand Bahama, said Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson at the opening of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Conference on Monday evening. FIDA’s 36th Tr

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D’Aguilar: MPs need money to help their constituents

FREE TOWN MP Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday said parliamentarians would not be able to satisfy the overwhelming need of constituents even if their salaries were doubled.

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MPs’ pay rise conditional on upturn

IN the face of public uproar, the Minnis administration has placed a stipulation on its pledge to increase salaries for Members of Parliament next year, with the prime minister’s Press Secretary Anthony Newbold saying yesterday the salaries will not be increased if the economy does not improve.

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Landing of sloop ‘a significant security breach’

THE Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) said the landing of an illegal sloop on the shoreline of Adelaide Village over the weekend was a “a significant security breach just three quarters of a mile from” the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base.

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‘Opposing citizenship law changes is downright evil’

STATE Minister for Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson yesterday suggested critics of proposed changes to citizenship laws were “downright evil” as he called for elevated and rational discourse on the issue.

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Minnis to create unit "to deliver" on govt promises

THE Minnis administration will establish a Deliverables Unit to help the government make good on its promises of “good governance and accountability”. In yesterday’s press briefing, Press Secretary Anthony “Ace” Newbold announced the creation of the

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Brave’s brother’s fury over cancelled deals

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip “Brave” Davis dismissed as “much ado about nothing” revelations his brother’s company was paid in full for two Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) contracts he ordered cancelled.

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Pintard: People first, not MPs’ pay

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard said yesterday economic growth, shrinking the deficit and organising public services are higher priorities to the Minnis administration than raising the pay of Members of Parliament.

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MPs’ pay will need economic upturn

DEPUTY Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday said he believes “there will be an improvement to the country finances” in next year’s budget cycle when members of Parliament are expected to receive pay raises. 

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'Stand easy - arms deal's above board'

MINISTER of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday expressed confidence in operations at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) as he moved to clarify several discrepancies in Auditor General Terrence Bastian’s report into the law enforcement agency.

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Davis: RBDF audit is attempt to smear reputation of PLP

OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday questioned the focus of Auditor General Terrence Bastian’s report into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, suggesting the recently tabled document was an extension of the political narrative espoused by the Minnis administration.

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DNA wants anti-corruption laws after BPL revelations

THE Democratic National Alliance (DNA) yesterday called on the government to table “its promised compendium of anti-corruption laws” and “fully enact” the Freedom of Information Act in the wake of a Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) audit which found num