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Govt close to new Oban deal

THE government is finalising several amendments to the controversial heads of agreement it signed with Oban Energies related to a proposed oil refinery and storage facility in East Grand Bahama, according to Labour Minister Dion Foulkes.

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Robinson seeks to address Parliament

BAIN & Grants Town MP Travis Robinson wants to make a special address to Parliament at the start of the next House of Assembly sitting, but senior officials in the Free National Movement have no idea what he will say.

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Miller and McAlpine: We're not quitting FNM

TWO MPs fired this week by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis from government appointments for voting against the VAT increase have dismissed claims they would leave the Free National Movement to become Independent or join the Official Opposition.Since

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PLP raises almost $9,000 with module for aspirant candidates

THE Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has raised nearly $9,000 from 73 participants in what party Chairman Fred Mitchell calls a programme to cure the “Andre Rollins, Greg Moss and Renward Wells problem.”To be on the PLP’s ticket in the future, aspirin

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‘It was my duty to fire rebels’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said that his decision to revoke the government appointments of three Free National Movement members of Parliament who voted no to an increase in value added tax was not personal, but was based on his responsibility and obligation to follow parliamentary procedure.

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Door left open for reconciliation

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel has defended the firings of two parliamentary secretaries and one board chairman this week by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, however he insisted “reconciliation” remains the focus.

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Grand Bahama ‘can be the new silicon valley’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told more than 400 persons attending the first Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference in Grand Bahama The Bahamas is poised to be “new Silicon capital in the Caribbean”.

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Foulkes: Web shop job cuts unfortunate

A DAY after web shop Asure Win said it will close 11 locations and layoff about 50 workers, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes described impending staff cuts from the sector as “unfortunate”, but said there are several factors contributing to the closure of gaming houses aside from a tax increase.

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FNM constituency association regrets picking Chipman

The Free National Movement’s Centreville Constituency Associationregrets backing Reece Chipman’s nomination for Parliament and will not recommend he be re-nominated in 2022, association chairman Juan Cartwright told The Tribune yesterday.

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Miller vote praised by Golden Isles residents

SOME Golden Isles residents are in support of their member of Parliament Vaughn Miller for “being a man” and voting against the value added tax amendment earlier this week, which will make law a new 12 percent VAT rate to come into effect July 1.Howe

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$1m budget for Freedom of Information

THE government has allocated just over $1m to assist in defraying the cost of bringing the Freedom of Information Act into effect, Attorney General Carl Bethel announced yesterday.The funds were presented as a budgetary line item in a list of allocat

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Fired - but still backing the FNM

McAlpine warns people could fire Prime Minister

DESPITE being fired from government posts by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday for voting against the government’s planned value added tax increase, Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine said they remain supporters of the Free National Movement.

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Residents back Robinson

FREE National Movement officials feel betrayed by Travis Robinson’s vote against value added tax’s increase to 12 percent, but many residents of the Bain & Grants Town constituency are standing by their member of Parliament, telling The Tribune he owes his success to them, not to a party.

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Seven absentees away on government business

THE seven parliamentarians absent from Monday night’s vote to increase value added tax from 7.5 percent to 12 percent were all out of the country on government business, according to multiple sources yesterday. Free National Movement Chairman Carl C

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UPDATED: PM fires Robinson, Miller and McAlpine

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has fired Bain and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson and Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller from their posts as parliamentary secretaries and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine from his post as chairman of the Hotel Corporation today for breach of the Manual of Cabinet and Ministry Procedure.

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