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Sands defends MICAL MP from 'unacceptable bullying'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday defended MICAL MP Miriam Emmanuel amid criticism following a recent verbal blunder she had in the House of Assembly, calling the public commentary surrounding the ordeal “unacceptable bullying.”

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'Help is on the way' at Passport Office

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield says that although the Passport Office has some challenges, help is on the way. During his 2019/2020 Budget contribution, the Minister said that the Passport Office has always been challenged with providing services in a building with inadequate space.

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McCartney calls for citizenship at birth

FORMER Minister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney has suggested children born to foreign parents should be allowed to apply for citizenship at birth as a solution to the country’s immigration challenges.

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Pintard: I won't talk private strategy with FNMs working against the party

MARCO City MP Michael Pintard has drawn a clear line in the sand over his willingness to work with detractors, telling parliamentarians on Wednesday he won’t talk private strategy with a parliamentarian who was not committed to his party’s mission.

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PAYDAY PAYBACK: Student loan debt could force govt to target salaries

THE Ministry of Education is seeking to garnish the wages of civil servants who have failed to repay the Education Loan Authority as it aims to recover over $83m in delinquent money.

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‘Social media danger must be addressed’

EDUCATION Minister Jeffery Lloyd wants the use of cell phone videos that expose minors in compromising positions to be made illegal and punishable by a prison sentence, saying these situations could lead to future reputational harm.

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Speaker willing to ‘risk everything’ to keep order

AS he rebuked Official Opposition members, House Speaker Halson Moultrie said he is willing to “risk everything” to maintain order and decorum in the lower chamber.

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Mitchell’s concern over casual working

Progressive Liberal Party Senator Fred Mitchell has said casual employment in the hotel sector is a concern and his party, if elected, will commit to addressing the issue and others that provide no benefits to Bahamian workers in the country.

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Expanded budget for renovations at House of Assembly

RENOVATIONS and technology upgrades are planned for the House of Assembly in the upcoming fiscal year, according to Speaker Halson Moultrie.

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McAlpine seen marching arm-in-arm with the PLP

A PHOTO circulating on social media of Rev Frederick McAlpine marching arm-in-arm with Progressive Liberal Party Senator Fred Mitchell and other PLP supporters at the Labour Day march in Freeport has created a buzz, with many wondering if the controversial FNM MP has switched sides.

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Bahamasair to spend $9.3m on aircraft maintenance

BAHAMASAIR will use $9.3m of its total budget in the new fiscal year on heavy maintenance to its aircraft and another $1m to move the headquarters to a building complex on Blake Road.

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Davis: PLP to have '30 to 40 percent' women candidates

THE Progressive Liberal Party’s 2022 slate will be composed of 30 to 40 percent women candidates, according to party leader Philip “Brave” Davis.

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Davis commits PLP to renegotiating labour commitment

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis has committed his party to renegotiating the historic 1977 Memorandum of Understanding on labour.

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Pintard defends budget increase for BAMSI

AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard defended the 2019/2020 budget increase for the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) noting the institution's purpose is to conduct research.

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$699m VAT collection lower than expected

THE Minnis administration collected $699.3m in value added tax in the 2018/2019 fiscal year, a 21.5 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday.

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