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'No rift in FNM' insists deputy

FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner once again denied a rift between herself and party leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday, despite Dr Minnis publicly distancing himself from a protest she intended to lead.

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Bill to give youth a seat at the table on national policy

YOUTH, Sports and Culture Minister Daniel Johnson will table a National Youth Policy Bill in the House of Assembly next month.

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Webshop draft not yet ready for Parliament

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe confirmed that draft legislation to regularise and tax the web shop industry is currently in the works, but is not yet ready to be tabled at Parliament.

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FNM does not support march - Minnis distances party from event

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday distanced himself from a demonstration being planned by FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler Turner saying “it is not an FNM sanctioned event and has nothing to do with the party.”

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DNA: PM was inappropriate in Lightbourne intervention

THE inappropriateness of Prime Minister Perry Christie to intervene in the saving of the home of VAT coordinator Ishmael Lightbourne was raised by the DNA yesterday who questioned if the nation’s leader had done the same for the countless other Bahamians who are also facing similar financial hardships.

Minister offers condolences over lost Malaysian plane

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell expressed condolences on behalf of the country over the loss of lives in the Malaysia Air flight 370, which was confirmed to have plunged into the Indian Ocean.

Chipman questions the competence of Mitchell

THE competency of Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has been called into question by Hubert Chipman, Opposition Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, over the decision to lease extra accommodations in Washington, DC, for a consulate general’s office.

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Party Chairmen in row over ethics

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has gone on the offensive against FNM Chairman Darron Cash in the debate about corruption and ethics.

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FNM questions $29m extra cost for two fewer ships

DEPUTY Leader Loretta Butler Turner yesterday questioned why the government is spending more money to have nine new ships built for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force than the FNM planned to spend on 11 from the same company less than two years ago.

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Gray backs Christie over Lightbourne intervention

MICAL MP V Alfred Gray yesterday saluted Prime Minister Perry Christie for intervening with a local bank to help value-added tax coordinator Ishmael Lightbourne save his home.

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Minnis meets residents in Fort Charlotte Walkabout

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert A Minnis led a team of Free National Movement party officers and supporters in a walkabout in the Fort Charlotte Constituency over the weekend.

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$1m gift 'did not affect South Ocean decision'

THE $1 million donation by Albany developers to the Urban Renewal Foundation had no impact on their joint venture bid to acquire South Ocean resort, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.

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Pilot dispute 'monitored'

THE BAHAMAS government is closely monitoring the ongoing industrial dispute between the Bahamas Maritime Pilots Association, The Freeport Harbour Company and the Bahamas Oil Refining Company, Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin said yesterday.

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Customs staff told to work shift system or lose pay

CUSTOMS and Immigration Officers who do not adhere to the shift system will face pay cuts, Labour Minister Shane Gibson confirmed yesterday.

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Gambling to be discussed in Cabinet

CABINET ministers will discuss Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe’s proposal to legalize web shop gaming today, Prime Minister Perry Christie confirmed yesterday.