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PM hits back at Symonette over sale of Hilton to Chinese firm

PRIME Minister Perry Christie defended the recent sale of the British Colonial Hilton to a Chinese state owned company yesterday and suggested FNM members like former Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette have been hypocritical in their criticism.

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‘Broke’ BEC scraps plan to buy new generators

BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said BEC has “scrapped” plans to purchase six new generators because “the corporation is broke”.

Less than 10% of businesses register for VAT

LESS than 10 per cent of businesses with an annual turnover of $100,000 have registered for value added tax ahead of the November 30 deadline, according to Michael Halkitis, State Minister for Finance.

Assessment into liberalisation of cell phone market is completed

A GOVERNMENT appointed task force overseeing the liberalisation of the cellular phone market has completed its assessments into the process and will report to the nation on the matter within days.

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TRIBUNE columnist Adrian Gibson was one of 24 new attorneys given the legal right to practise law in the Bahamas after they were called to the Bahamas Bar yesterday.

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Hopes for more than 1,000 essay contest entries

THE Templeton World Charity Foundation is hoping that entries for their 2015 “Laws of Life” essay competition will surpass the 1,000 that took part three years ago.

Boat cruise to raise funds for Ragged Island community centre

THE Ragged Island Heritage and Cultural Association is having a boat cruise tomorrow to raise funds for a construction of a community centre.

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International experts call for protection of Bimini’s environment

INTERNATIONAL conservation experts are urging the government to fulfil its promise and protect Bimini’s unique ecological heritage and the local industries that have depended upon it for generations.

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Three in court over $118,000 drug seizure

THREE men remanded to prison yesterday will return to Magistrates Court today to learn their fate in connection with a recent $118,000 drug seizure.

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Nottage: Don’t be a vigilante

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday said there was “no room for vigilantism” as the government announced the formulation of new crime-fighting strategies.

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12 years for sexual assault of girl, 9

A JUDGE yesterday sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl.

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PM: Govt willling to disclose BTC sale details

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that while his government is willing to disclose details to the public about the 2011 sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company that took place under the former Ingraham administration, it must also consider its relationship with Cable and Wireless Communications, the company that took over BTC.

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Ronnie Butler inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame

‘GODFATHER’ of Bahamian Music Ronnie Butler has been inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame, and is the fourth Bahamian to earn the distinction – after Sir Lynden Pindling, Sir Sidney Poitier and Eddie Minnis.


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Police find home invasion suspect ‘hiding’ in hotel on PI

THE 18-year-old suspect wanted for questioning in connection with the home invasion and murder of Blair resident Andre Cartwright was caught by police early yesterday morning “hiding” in a Paradise Island hotel, according to Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle.