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'There's no quick fix' to redirect economy

AMID calls for more diversification of the country’s economy, Finance Minister Peter Turnquest said while officials will continue to have discussions on this, it is still “unrealistic” for the country to move away from its leading tourism industry.

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McAlpine: I'd vote no

PINERIDGE MP Frederick McAlpine said he too would vote against extending the state of emergency if he were attending tomorrow’s Hours of Assembly meeting.

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Mitchell demand over judicial review

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell has said it is not acceptable that the court has failed to allow the applicant of a judicial review to be heard.

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Government hopeful smaller hotels can jumpstart tourism

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said the Minnis administration is hopeful that the re-opening of smaller hotels will help jumpstart the tourism industry.

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Campbell: Ministry looking at rental assistance

SOCIAL Services Minister Frankie Campbell said yesterday his ministry will respond to all applicants seeking rental assistance.

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Emergency orders to run beyond tourism reopening until end of October

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis pleaded with Bahamians to comply with COVID-19 protocols for at least three more weeks as he gave notice that the country’s state of emergency will extend until October 31.

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Resort delays 'not a complete surprise'

DAYS after several major resorts announced they will not reopen on October 15, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday admitted the news was not a complete surprise to officials as hotel operators had already indicated their intent to resume operations after the US election in November.

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UPDATED: Parliament worker tests positive for COVID-19

A STAFF member of Parliament who interacted with elected officials during a House of Assembly sitting last week has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the cancellation of Senate proceedings on Monday and causing uncertainty about how proceedings in the House of Assembly will proceed.

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Philip 'Brave' Davis returns from U.S. after COVID treatment

ON his return to the country from COVID-19 treatment in the United States, Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said he remains deeply concerned that The Bahamas is not headed in the right direction.

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Minnis urges Junkanoo to stay on hold until virus subsides

WHILE paying tribute to a deceased Junkanoo pioneer in Grand Bahama this week, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he hoped the community would not organise future parades until the COVID-19 threat subsides.Dr Minnis extended condolences to the fami

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Economic empowerment zones to be expanded

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis tabled an amendment in the House of Assembly yesterday to expand New Providence’s economic empowerment zone, which will allow Englerston and Montel Heights to now qualify for concessions. He noted the zone is now “lim

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Deputy PM: Too early to say if govt will extend unemployment benefits programme

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said Wednesday it is too early to say if the government will extend its unemployment benefits programme, expressing hope that reopening the tourism sector will return people to work.

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Delays over payments 'are being addressed'

DISASTER Reconstruction Authority officials say they are working to rectify all issues with Grand Bahama vendors used for its Small Home Repair programme after concerns were raised by suppliers about not receiving payments since the initiative was la

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PLP opposes amalgamated schools on Mayaguana

THE official opposition is calling the government’s decision to amalgamate the public schools on Mayaguana “a regressive education policy”, but the director of education says the decision was made to maximise the government’s resources.Yesterday, PLP

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Three-point plan to boost nurse numbers

WITH the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to strain healthcare workers, Health Minister Renward Wells said the government is hoping to hire nurses from abroad to aid in the fight.

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