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McAlpine backs Chipman - but doesn't follow him

PINERIDGE MP Frederick McAlpine supports Reece Chipman’s resignation from the Free National Movement but has no plans to follow suit anytime soon. Mr McAlpine has, along with Mr Chipman and Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller, been vocal critics of the FN

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GOING IT ALONE: Chipman abandons FNM dismayed by party politics

MEMBER of Parliament for Centreville Reece Chipman had been contemplating severing ties with the governing Free National Movement to represent the constituency as an independent since January.

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Minnis highlights uneven building code enforcement

A BAHAMIAN man who breached the parameters of a permit to construct a two-storey building has for the last two years been barred from occupying the structure on which he spent “all of his life savings”. By contrast, people living in shanty towns hav

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Disaster bill a 'bold step' for future hurricane preparedness

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday described the Disaster Preparedness and Response Amendment Bill 2019 as one of many “bold steps” that will fundamentally change how the country prepares for and responds to hurricanes. During debate on the p

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$20m cost to rebuild Grand Bahama schools

THE Ministry of Education’s Hurricane Dorian relief budget to rebuild damaged schools in Grand Bahama will be approximately $20m, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Speaking during the House of Assembly yesterday, Dr Minnis said the Minis

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UPDATED: Chipman resigns from FNM, citing handling of Hurricane Dorian, partisan politics

CENTREVILLE MP Reece Chipman said the government’s handling of Hurricane Dorian as well as institutional and partisan politics drew him to his decision to sever ties with the governing Free National Movement.

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Dorian’s $430m hit on Treasury

THE deficit for the fiscal year will balloon by more than $430m because of Hurricane Dorian, with the government expecting to spend nearly $230m to recover from the storm while anticipating a revenue hit of about $215m, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest.

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Call for Dames to resign over Abaco: FNM branch chairman hits out over island’s ‘weak security’

THE chairman of the Free National Movement’s Central and South Abaco constituency branch wants National Security Minister Marvin Dames to resign over the “weak security” on the island.

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Curfew call a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ says Davis

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis has called Cabinet’s consideration of a possible curfew for Abaco in response to security concerns a “knee-jerk” reaction.

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Majority of $100m loan to be spent on electricity restoration and welfare

THE government will spend the lion’s share of its $100m Inter-American Development Bank loan on electricity restoration and enhanced social welfare measures, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday.

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PM orders acquisition of shanty town land

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday that Attorney General Carl Bethel has been instructed to compulsorily acquire land where shanty towns in Abaco once stood.

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PLP debate on Hurricane Dorian operations denied

HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie denied the opposition’s request yesterday for debate about the planning, management and execution of operations surrounding Hurricane Dorian.

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Hanna Martin: Govt comments raising tensions over Haitians

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin is concerned about rising tensions between Bahamians and Haitians following Hurricane Dorian, saying yesterday the government’s commentary on immigration matters has done nothing to ease the tensions.

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Cooper blasts govt over hurricane response

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper attacked the Minnis administration’s response to Hurricane Dorian yesterday at a constituency branch meeting.

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Turnquest: PLP should help fix things, not just criticise

AS the government forges ahead with plans to restore storm-ravaged islands, Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said the country would be better served if the official opposition made contributions on fixing issues rather than criticising efforts.

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