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Free clinic to provide dog distember vaccination

THE Bahamas Humane Society will host another free distemper vaccine clinic on Wednesday to assist pet owners who cannot afford to vaccinate their dogs from the deadly virus.

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Union chief confident of health insurance deal

BAHAMAS Public Services Union President John Pinder is confident the government will provide health insurance to paramedics and other health professionals in need of it long before its national health insurance scheme comes on stream as expected in January 2016.  

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Lightbourn calls for delay for November referendum

MONTAGU MP Richard Lightbourn wants the government to delay the November 6 gender equality referendum with a view to ensuring the “flawed” process is corrected and misconceptions among the electorate are cleared up.

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Rollins defends himself against 'personal attack'

FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins defended himself outside of the House of Assembly yesterday from what he branded a “personal attack” launched against him by Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald.

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52-year-old denied bail after being accused of raping 13-year-old girl

A MAN was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday after being charged with the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

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Munroe backs yes vote - but urges 2015 date

RELIGIOUS Leader Dr Myles Munroe said yesterday that while he supports the upcoming referendum on gender equality, the government should have “left the date open” and “let the people decide” when they are ready to vote rather than set a fixed date.

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Fitzgerald hits out at PLP backbenchers

EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald fired back at his own party’s backbench MPs yesterday saying he wants nothing to do with their “new generation” way of thinking as expressed during the House of Assembly debate on the four Constitution Amendment Bills.

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Four dead in 'horrendous' plane crash

FOUR people are dead after a US registered twin-engine Cessna 340 aircraft crashed in shallow waters five miles northwest of Freeport, Grand Bahama yesterday morning. The plane was inbound from Ormond Beach, Florida, when it went down around 10am.

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PM announces Fort Charlotte MP's decision to step down

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday announced the resignation of Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins as party whip.

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Fort Charlotte MP stands in opposition to his party

MOMENTS after Prime Minister Perry Christie stressed the need for unity on the proposed constitutional amendment bills, Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins stood in opposition in the House of Assembly for bills two and four being moved for third reading and into the committee stage.

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Scholarships awarded to allow studies in China

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell yesterday urged 16 Bahamian students to be “ambassadors for the country” after they were all granted full scholarships by the People’s Republic of China to study or continue studies in China during the 2014-2015 school year.

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Baha Mar lawyer accused over traffic fatality

A WOMAN employed at a mega-resort in Cable Beach is on $10,000 bail after being charged last week in connection with one of the two traffic fatalities that occurred on New Year’s Day.

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Two men charged over murders

TWO men were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday after being charged in Magistrate’s Court concerning two separate murders that recently occurred in the capital.

Man cleared of killing stepfather

A MAN accused of killing his stepfather was acquitted of murder in the Supreme Court on the judge’s direction to the jury.

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No plan for fiscal responsibility legislation ahead of VAT

DESPITE threats that private sector representatives might withdraw their support for value added tax (VAT) if a Fiscal Responsibility Act is not implemented, State Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis said yesterday that the government has no plan to introduce such legislation as part of its fiscal reform initiatives and VAT rollout plans.