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Date set for Public Procurement Bill debate

THE Public Procurement Bill, dubbed as landmark legislation by the government, will be debated after the annual budget debate wraps up.

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PLP can't support lockdown extension, says Davis

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis said he cannot support the government’s extension of the COVID-19 state of emergency in its current form. Giving a contribution as the House of Assembly debated a resolution extending the state o

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Govt won't intervene in rent disputes

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said the government does not plan to intervene in and settle disputes between landlords and tenants who qualify for the COVID-19 rental assistance programme. On April 27, Prime Minister D

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WE’RE NOT QUITE DONE YET, FOLKS: Major steps forward in easing emergency but lockdowns remain

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday the country has officially moved into Phase Three of the government’s reopening plan, reducing the national curfew and allowing non-essential storefront businesses to open with essential staff.

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‘Deficit will not lead to new taxes’

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said the government does not anticipate a need for new taxes when the economy recovers from the COVID-19 crisis.

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Dr Sands to continue to serve as physician

FORMER Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said he will continue to serve the country as a physician in public and private practice while providing help where needed in his capacity to aid in the COVID-19 fight.

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I was just trying to find answers, says Albury

CENTRAL and South Abaco MP James Albury said yesterday he believed his calling for an inquiry into the burial of 55 Hurricane Dorian victims over the weekend was blown out of proportion, saying he was just seeking to gain more answers about the matte

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Restrictions eased as nation moves into Phase 3 of reopening

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced in the House of Assembly on Thursday that the Bahamas is moving into Phase 3 of the country’s reopening.

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PLP slams 2020/21 Budget

THE Official Opposition yesterday slammed the measures outlined in the Minnis administration’s 2020/2021 budget to aid the country’s economic recovery amid the COVID-19 crisis, branding it as “the worse budget communication in living memory.”

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$10 BILLION: Pandemic and Dorian send deficit soaring

GOVERNMENT debt is projected to top 10 billion dollars by the end of the 2021/2022 fiscal year as the Minnis administration commits to deficit spending in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Emergency powers extended until June 29

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis tabled a resolution in the House of Assembly yesterday to extend the country’s state of emergency to June 29 as he announced plans to further ease restrictions. The resolution will be debated today. Dr Minnis said he

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THE BUDGET: Govt revenues set for $900m drop, tax relief measures introduced

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest revealed today that there will be a $900m drop in government revenues resulting in a national deficit of $1.3 billion by June next year, brought on by Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jobless rate rise ‘to almost 50%’

THE Bahamas’ unemployment rate has soared to nearly 50 percent due to layoffs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a government minister revealed yesterday.

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Turnquest dismisses devaluation threat

FINANCE Minister Peter Turnquest has dismissed reports of the government running out of money as false while stressing the Bahamian dollar is not facing a devaluation threat. Yesterday, a statement from Mr Turnquest insisted measures are being taken

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Cooper claims budget is going to be brutal

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper says the Minnis administration’s 2020/2021 budget will be “brutal” for ordinary Bahamians.

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