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‘Pay raise could help to prevent corruption’

NAYSAYERS will never approve raising the salaries of parliamentarians, attorney Fred Smith, QC, said yesterday as he welcomed Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ intention to increase the pay of MPs.

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'Brave' defends Sir Baltron Bethel contract

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis on Friday defended the former Christie administration’s extension and increase of Sir Baltron Bethel’s contract from $140,000 to $200,000 ahead of the general election, saying he believed Bahamians got value for money as the former advisor is a man of great knowledge and expertise.

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Glenys: Plans to raise MPs' salaries a 'crass contradiction'

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna-Martin called Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis' plans to raise the salaries of members of Parliament in the next fiscal year, a "crass contradiction".

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Mitchell: Constitution says who is automatically a citizen

THE Minnis Administration's plan to amend the Bahamas Nationality Act to grant children of Bahamian women born outside the Bahamas automatic citizenship "almost certainly" runs "ultra vires of the Constitution," Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell said Friday.

Former FNM Chairman slams PM's plan for MP salary increases

FORMER FNM Chairman Darron Cash yesterday blasted Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for "laying off people who are desperate for a job" only to increase the salaries of Members of Parliament.

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Lloyd highlights government's education policies

EDUCATION Minister Jeffrey Lloyd flagged the government's expanded focus on early childhood education and technical and vocational training, as he reaffirmed the nation's commitment to the achievement of the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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Minnis overturns citizenship vote

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday announced his administration’s intention to amend the Immigration Act to allow all Bahamian women the right to automatically transfer citizenship to their children regardless of where they are born.

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About turn: MPs will get pay rise

THREE years after opposing a salary increase for parliamentarians because of the weak economy, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis now says his administration will raise the salaries of members of Parliament in the next fiscal year.

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It’s green light for new DPP

THE passage of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2017, yesterday in the House of Assembly will result in the creation of the country’s first-ever independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

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$800K deal days before election

DAYS before the 2017 general election, the Christie administration renewed Sir Baltron Bethel’s contract as a senior policy advisor and consultant in the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Tourism nearly a year before it was set to expire and increased his salary, agreeing to pay him $800,000 over a four-year period. This is according to documents tabled in the House of Assembly by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday.

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Mitchell: Govt 'chipping away' at civil service labour force

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday raised concern over the recent termination trend in the public sector, insisting the Minnis administration has actively been “chipping away” at the country’s labour force in the civil service

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Govt slammed for 'excuses' over public Disclosure Act

CITIZENS for a Better Bahamas (CBB) yesterday slammed the government for failing to meet its campaign promises on enforcement of the Public Disclosure Act.In a press statement the advocacy group called on citizens to reject “implausible” and “unreaso

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Deputy PM: Govt considering ways to modernise registry operations

DEPUTY Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest has suggested the government is considering ways to modernise several of the country’s registry operations, with a view to simplify and streamline critical government services.Mr Turnquest, who was the guest sp

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Collected VAT 'ahead of same time last year'

MINISTER of Finance K Peter Turnquest said the Minnis administration is pleased with the level of compliance in value added tax returns since the May general election, saying the figure is ahead of the amount collected this same time last year.

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Gaming Board ‘still overstaffed’

THE Gaming Board is overstaffed by “about 40 employees,” Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday, adding that with demand for technical experts so high in the institution, the days are over when people could show up with a “paper and a pad” and get a job.