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Crime’s down, now jobs is my priority

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said crime and the fear of crime is down, telling reporters his administration has now turned its focus to the country’s economy.

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‘We have to open up the economy’

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday accused the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) of “dumbing down” debate on the “visionary” Commercial Enterprises Bill 2017, as he castigated the opposition for attempting to “stop” the Bahamas’ progress.

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Rights change may go back 17 years

AMENDMENTS to the Bahamas Nationality Act to expand automatic citizenship rights for children of Bahamians may retroactively apply for up to 17 years, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.

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Bodycams boost to better policing

THE Ministry of National Security is still unaware of how much it will cost to outfit Royal Bahamas Police Force officers with body cams, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday.

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McAlpine urges caution on zoning

PINERIDGE MP Frederick McAlpine urged the government to proceed with caution and due diligence regarding specified zoning for commercial enterprises, particularly in the Family Islands.

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PLP to review constitution ahead of next election

ADMITTING the Bahamian electorate’s view of his party is often one of “cynicism”, Progressive Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis said he is confident an impending review of the PLP’s constitution will aid in rebranding the organisation in the lead-up to the next general election.

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‘Baha Mar’s open, that’s the priority’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis does not intend to apologise for his shifting position on Baha Mar or for criticising the former Christie administration’s handling of the project, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

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‘What PM says is up to him’

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold has defended Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis from criticism that he makes too many premature announcements, saying Dr Minnis is entitled to “make statements that he feels are appropriate for him to make,” including about major matters not yet discussed with his Cabinet colleagues”.

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US action on Haitians will affect Bahamas

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield forecast border security challenges will increase as the United States terminates the temporary status of some 59,000 Haitian refugees over the next two years.

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Davis criticises Minnis on pay - despite own about-face

DESPITE changing his own position on a proposed raise for members of Parliament, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday criticised Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for his change of position, saying Dr Minnis’ new tone seemed “convenient” and not grounded in principle.

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‘More gracious’, please Dr Minnis

BAHAMAS Press Club President Anthony Capron said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis should have been “more gracious” in his keynote address at Saturday’s awards banquet for members of the media.

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PM ‘lacks credibility’ on rights issue

ANGLICAN Archdeacon James Palacious said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis should apologise for offering “lukewarm” support for last year’s constitutional referendum while he promotes his administration’s plan to amend the country’s laws to give children of Bahamian men and women equal access to citizenship.

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Bannister unveils plans for two schools

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday confirmed that government has resurrected plans for a new primary school in Carmichael with a tender exercise for a school in Inagua “ready to go”.

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Bill aims to bring higher pay and a stronger economy

THE government will begin debate tomorrow on a bill intended to “lead to higher paying jobs” and “build a stronger and more stable economy,” according to a press release from Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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'No quick fixes' to problems with road infrastructure

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday stressed there were no quick fixes to the country’s road challenges, telling frustrated motorists the task was not an “overnight thing”.

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