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Minnis thanks Butler-Turner - but says Long Island does not belong to her

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis took a swipe at his party’s former Deputy Leader Loretta-Butler Turner last night, telling supporters at a rally in Long Island that the constituency “doesn’t belong to her”.

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Bran: I'd quit Senate over Loretta row

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday dismissed recent assertions by Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner that he threw her “under the bus,” charging that if Mrs Butler-Turner feels so strongly about her accusations, he is “ready and willing” to resign as leader of opposition business in the Senate.

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Bid to intercept letters, emails

THE government has tabled a bill in the House of Assembly that aims to create a “single legal framework” that would allow the Commissioner of Police to obtain a warrant from a judge to intercept and examine a person’s communications from telecommunications operators, internet providers and postal services for a period of three months.

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Candidate identifies failures to update register of voters

FREE National Movement candidate Reece Chipman yesterday blasted the Parliamentary Registration Department for its alleged failure to update its register with the names of more than 20 persons who registered at satellite registration sites some three weeks ago.

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Minnis branded ‘inept’ for boundaries report criticism

DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday labelled Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis “politically inept”, in response to recent criticisms levelled by the Killarney MP at the Christie administration over delays in the recent tabling of the boundaries report.

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Most changes to boundaries in the east

MOST of the boundary cuts proposed by the Constituencies Commission, and tabled in a draft order, appear to be in eastern New Providence seats.

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Ministers at international education conference

PRIME Minister Perry Christie opened the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education on Thursday, stressing the need for greater emphasis to be placed on education going forward.

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Lightbourn not back with Minnis ‘in this lifetime’

MONTAGU MP Richard Lightbourn pushed back yesterday against “baseless” tabloid and social media reports that claim he is dissatisfied with Loretta Butler-Turner’s performance as leader of the Official Opposition and is seeking to reunite with Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Freedom of Information Bill is passed despite Rollins broadside

THE House of Assembly passed the revamped Freedom of Information Bill last night, hours after Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins launched a scathing critique of the legislation, saying the Christie administration’s track record during this term in office is proof of the government’s “bogus” attempt to portray it as transparent and accountable with its last minute push to pass the law.

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$5m budget for Carnival as govt cuts contribution

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday it is time for the government to stop “investing money” into Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and “hand over” the yearly celebration to a “private entity”.

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New St Barnabas seat after boundary shift

VOTERS can expect a new constituency named St Barnabas and the renaming of the Montagu seat to “Freetown”, according to the draft order tabled by Prime Minister Perry Christie last night.

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Halkitis continues to defend VAT comments at convention

STATE Minister of Finance Michael Halkitis has maintained that when he made his controversial Progressive Liberal Party convention speech where he spoke of value added tax collection and spending, he was speaking within a “broad context” in support of good governance to show the Christie administration’s improved financial footing.

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Deputy PM: Johnson attacked judiciary to start career in politics

DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip Davis yesterday accused former Bahamas Bar Association President Elsworth Johnson of attacking the Bahamian judiciary in a bid to jumpstart his political career as a candidate for the Free National Movement.

Foulkes gives backing to Johnson bid

FORMER Free National Movement Chairman Dion Foulkes has endorsed Elsworth Johnson, the former president of the Bahamas Bar Association, who was ratified to run in Yamacraw for the party on Tuesday night.

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Parole recommendations not revealed to the public

CABINET has approved recommendations from the Parole and Re-entry Steering Committee concerning rehabilitation of prisoners, National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage said yesterday.