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Still no entry to casinos for locals - but criminals allowed to hold licences

FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins said he will vote “no” to the Gaming Bill if it remains in its current form because it discriminates against Bahamians and facilitates corruption.

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Wilchcombe hails ‘cutting edge’ legislation for gaming industry

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe has hailed the new Gaming Bill tabled in Parliament yesterday as “new and cutting edge” legislation set to revolutionise the gambling industry and improve the Bahamas’ economy.

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Minnis: Fund Junkanoo, not Carnival

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday renewed calls for the government to increase funding for traditional Junkanoo festivals instead of launching a new commercial cultural product.

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Gaming bill to include 'first steps' towards tackling discrimination

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday hinted that the new Gaming Bill will demonstrate the first of “gradual steps” towards tackling discriminatory clauses that prevent Bahamians from gaming in casinos.

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Deputy PM calls on developed nations to tackle climate change

THE developed world must partner with The Bahamas and other small island developing states to enhance their resilience to and address the negative impacts of climate change on these island-nations, if “we truly believe” that the polluter must pay, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development Philip “Brave” Davis said.

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Cash slams PM for failure to deal with Renward Wells

FNM Chairman Darron Cash said Prime Minister Perry Christie’s failure to discipline Ministry of Works Parliamentary Secretary Renward Wells for signing a multi-million letter of intent with Stellar Waste Management is an “embarrassment” and calls into question the country’s coherence in relation to local and foreign investors.

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PM slammed for meeting with webshop representatives

ALLEGING that webshop owners are among Prime Minister Perry Christie’s financial backers, Free National Movement Chairman Darron Cash raised concerns yesterday about whether a recent meeting between Mr Christie and various webshop representatives was used to “cut favourable deals” days before the government tables its anticipated Gaming Bill in Parliament.

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Webshops will not shut down during legal change

CONTRARY to what was mandated in a previous draft of the Gaming Bill, webshop businesses that qualify for government licences will no longer be required to shut down while the gaming industry is regularised, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe confirmed yesterday.  

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CHRISTIE BREAKS SILENCE ON ROLLINS

PRIME Minister Perry Christie downplayed Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins’ recent scathing criticism of him yesterday, pledging that he will not be distracted by the political aspirations or position of the younger parliamentarian.

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PM WILL ‘IMMINENTLY’ ADDRESS WELLS LETTER OF INTENT CONTROVERSY

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that he will “imminently” address the controversy surrounding Renward Wells’ signing of a letter of intent with Stellar Waste Company LTD to build a $650 million facility at the New Providence landfill.

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NEYMOUR: Govt ‘has shown weakness’ by reappointing MIller as BEC chief

PHENTON Neymour, former State Minister for the Environment, said yesterday the “government has shown weakness” by reappointing Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller as executive chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.

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Govt tightlipped on BEC as August deadline arrives

OFFICIALS remained tight-lipped over the government’s decision on the restructuring of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation yesterday.

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Concern over possible delay for referendum

RETIRED Justice Ruby Nottage, organiser of the Christie administration’s constitutional referendum education campaign, said the delay of the Parliamentary vote on the proposed equality Bills is “concerning” and leaves only “a short window” to clear up points of confusion before the vote.

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Miller 'is reappointed as chairman of BEC'

TALL Pines MP Leslie Miller has been reappointed executive chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, The Tribune understands.

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DNA: Deal with crime at all levels

A CONTROVERSIAL policing strategy that emphasises pursuing people who commit minor crimes is at the centre of the Democratic National Alliance’s proposed plan for curbing violent crime in the country.