Election 2012

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Grand Bahama 'the gun capital of The Bahamas'

GRAND Bahama, in addition to be being the industrial capital, is being called “the gun capital” of The Bahamas in terms of firearm violence and shootings in the country, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed in the House of Assembly yesterday.Dr S

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Minnis: We're creating a better tomorrow

WHILE hundreds of protesters took over Bay Street yesterday in protest of a value added tax increase and a new sliding tax for web shops, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told The Tribune his government’s fiscal agenda is about creating “a better tomo

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NHI will cost you $15-$80 a month

THE government is “revamping” National Health Insurance to focus more on catastrophic care with the introduction of the BahamaCare Plan and expects a contributory plan of $15 to $80 per month to fund it.

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D’Aguilar: We will be flexible

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said the government will be flexible with web shop taxes, adjusting its new sliding scale scheme if it proves too onerous.

Money for nothing as vendor paid $7,000 to move tyres fails to complete the job

A VENDOR contracted to remove used tyres from the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation received payment for the work, but did not complete the job, Golden Gates MP Michael Foulkes said yesterday.According to the MP, who is also BAIC chairm

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Lloyd: Threats won’t stop us from doing the right thing

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd proclaimed yesterday threats of an election loss will not impede the government from making “gutsy” decisions, insisting he would put saving the country ahead of risking defeat at the polls.

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Web shop staff call for boycott

WEB shop employees yesterday suggested a boycott of businesses or economic interests of Cabinet ministers as operators pledge to take their fight against an impending tax increase on their sector all the way to the Privy Council.

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Hanna Martin absence sparks Parliament row

A ROW erupted in the House of Assembly yesterday over the absence of Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin who, according to House Speaker Halson Moultrie, was scheduled to speak yesterday afternoon.

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1,036 deported by govt in past year

ONE thousand and thirty-six immigrants, including 954 from Haiti, were repatriated from January to May this year, Minister of Immigration and Financial Services Brent Symonette said during his budget speech on Tuesday night.He said $1.2m has been bud

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Robinson speaks out against VAT increase

BAIN and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson, the youngest parliamentarian in the House of Assembly, said he cannot entirely support his party’s 2018-2019 budget, rejecting the 60 percent increase in value added tax.“My people have grave concerns about th

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Aragonite value 'still unknown'

THE worth, marketability and sustainability of aragonite is still unknown, Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest said yesterday.While speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, Mr Turnquest was asked what the government is doing to generate revenue thr

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Minister met Smith accuser

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday admitted to meeting with the virtual complainant in Frank Smith’s bribery and extortion trial ahead of a police investigation into her claims, something counsel for the accused claimed amounted to “political interference”.

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Miller against VAT increase

GOLDEN Isles MP Vaughn Miller yesterday became the third Free National Movement member of Parliament to publicly oppose the government’s impending value added tax increase.

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‘Don’t expect to save on clothes after duty cut’

ALTHOUGH the Minnis administration hopes Bahamians benefit from customs duty waivers off clothes and shoes for retailers, former government ministers say businesses have historically failed to pass savings from exemptions to consumers.

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‘We won’t be bullied by web shops’

AS HE warned gaming house operators the Minnis administration will “dig up” any underground operations, Attorney General Carl Bethel said the government’s inalienable right to impose tax rates however it sees fit will be defended.