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Two-year delay in feed mill upgrades after dispute

UPGRADES at the Gladstone Road Feed Mill intended to provide uninterrupted power supply and higher quality feed have been halted for nearly two years due to a disagreement between the project’s consultant and the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), Agriculture Minister V Alfred Gray confirmed yesterday.

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‘Time is very short’ until the election bell is rung

WHILE much of the country waits in anticipation for Prime Minister Perry Christie to “ring the bell” indicating the date for the 2017 election, yesterday he hinted that “time is very short” until voters head to the polls.

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Father of four denies voter fraud

A HARBOUR Island father of four denied committing voter fraud during his arraignment in Magistrate’s Court yesterday afternoon.

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$35m spent by govt on recovery after hurricane

THE government spent $35m on hurricane-related expenses as of January 31, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

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PM: Not a dollar of VAT wasted

AMID lingering questions regarding Value-Added Tax (VAT) collections, Prime Minister Perry Christie was on the defensive yesterday as he explained how his administration handled $1.14bn in VAT revenue accumulated during 2015 and 2016, insisting that not one dollar of the money has been “frittered away” or spent “surreptitiously”.

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Making reading vocabulous

THE students and staff at Mt Carmel Preparatory Academy primary division observed the month of February as ‘Vocabulous Expedition’ month.

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Dame Joan Sawyer blasts Fitzgerald fuel leak silence

FORMER President of the Court of Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer has lashed out at Marathon MP Jerome Fitzgerald for his revelation earlier in this Parliamentary term that he kept quiet for more than a year on the contents of a report into an underground fuel leak in his constituency.

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Nearly $1.3m in bank account after creation of BTC foundation

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday moved to address lingering concerns over the two per cent shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) Ltd that were placed into a foundation after negotiations more than three years ago.

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Gibson denies cancellation of armed forces health coverage

MINISTER of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson hit back at social media rumours that the government was cancelling health coverage for members of the armed forces once National Health Insurance comes on stream.

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FNM blasts landfill ‘false hope’

AS the government continues its search for resolutions at the New Providence dump site, Free National Movement (FNM) Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday dismissed indications that the administration was now exploring a request for proposal (RFP) process, blasting the move as “empty rhetoric” presented as means to “inspire false hope” to those that have suffered through the “calamity” of fires.

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Professor calls for smoke event index system

A LOCAL university professor yesterday called for the establishment of a smoke event index, as well as the placement of smoke monitoring systems throughout New Providence to better equip the capital with the means by which to better assess hazards caused by the recurring fires at the New Providence Landfill.

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Activists fear FOI Act will not be enacted as election looms

AS the general election looms, activists fear that the government’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2017 is heading for the same fate of its predecessor, which was passed by the previous government months before the 2012 election but never enacted.

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Rotary Clubs team up to support community efforts

ROTARY clubs in the eastern United States and across the Caribbean Basin are combining resources to promote Community Service Projects reflecting Rotary International’s six areas of focus.

Doctors speak up on NHI changes

AS the enrollment phase of National Health Insurance (NHI) nears, senior doctors are still seeking answers to a long-held question: what about the healthcare system and culture in the Bahamas will truly change when NHI is introduced?

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Minnis has no knowledge of seat offer to Butler-Turner

FREE National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday that - as far he knew - “no one” in his party offered Official Opposition Leader Loretta Butler-Turner any “seat” in the upcoming election, other than the Long Island one fore which she was ratified before the nomination was revoked.