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New senator backtracks over public disclosures

THE FNM’s new Senate pick Lanisha Rolle backtracked from an opinion she expressed last year highlighting her grievances with the Public Disclosures Act, telling The Tribune yesterday “the law is something one must comply with”.

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Mitchell rejects need for law

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday refuted recent claims that the government’s new immigration policy would prove ineffective due to a lack of legislation and said “no legislation is required” to enforce the restrictions.

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Call for clarity over cellphone licence

OPPOSITION Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest is calling on the government to clarify details surrounding the set up of the country’s second mobile services provider amid what he believes to be confusion about what will happen to the 51 per cent majority share in the company.

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‘Doubtful’ vote will be held in June

CONSTITUTIONAL Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney said it is doubtful the referendum on gender equality will be held in June and admitted yesterday that despite efforts of the commission, it is unlikely the bills will gain the unanimous support of parliamentarians.

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Minister accused of using ‘new rules created out of thin air’

GRAND BAHAMA Human Rights Association Vice President, Joseph Darville, has accused Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell of using “new rules created out of thin air “ to target children born in The Bahamas.

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Chipman says immigration policy will be 'ineffective' without legislation

THE shadow minister for immigration, Hubert Chipman, claimed this week that the government's new immigration policy will "prove ineffective" due to a lack of legislation.

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Minimum wage is 'not enough' says Christie

PRIME Minister Perry Christie this week acknowledged that the country's minimum wage is "not enough" but said the government would raise it "incrementally" as "circumstances would allow".

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No concerns for new FNM senator

LANISHA Rolle, the Free National Movement’s new Senate pick, said yesterday she is “not concerned” about critics who feel she may not be qualified for the position in the upper chamber.

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PM rounds on critics of immigration policy

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday criticised detractors of the government’s new immigration restrictions and said the requirements are meant to “protect the paramount interests of Bahamians”.

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Govt will not own 51% of mobile provider

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said that the government will not own 51 per cent of the country’s second mobile services provider as previously reported. He said the shares would instead be owned by “Bahamian investors”.

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Rift over new FNM choice for senator

LANISHA Rolle has officially been announced as the new Free National Movement senator.

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Nation ‘on track’ to reduce deficit

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday the government is “on track” to reduce the country’s deficit and increase revenue by the end of the fiscal year.

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Increase in jobs not keeping up with growing labour force

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said it would be “incorrect” for anyone to interpret the latest unemployment statistics as suggesting that net jobs have been lost in the Bahamian economy.

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Bidders for mobile licence revealed

THREE companies have submitted proposals to obtain the country’s second mobile network provider licence, the government announced last night.

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McCartney slams inconsistent government

THE government’s “inconsistency” over its immigration policy will only prolong the issue of undocumented persons in this country, an issue that has been “left to fester for generations,” Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney said yesterday.