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Island Luck chief: ‘I was misled’ on web shop taxes

ISLAND Luck’s principal is alleging that the Government “misled” him over planned web shop tax increases, adding: “My legitimate expectation in a proper consultation was dashed.”

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Gov't can use 75% 'no show' mandate to legalise gaming

The Government can use the fact that 75 per cent of the electorate failed to vote in Monday’s referendum as “a mandate” to legalise web shop gaming, a leading businessman said yesterday, although it is apparently willing to risk potential “turmoil” from shutting the sector down.

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Public insurer claim a ‘meaningless distinction’

A “privately managed” public insurer as proposed by the Government under National Health Insurance (NHI) is likely a “meaningless distinction” according to Bahamas Insurance Commission (BIA) chairman Emmanuel Komolafe, as he reiterated concerns over political interference and unfair competition.

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Exemptions are a cruel gimmick

By its nature, a Value Added Tax affects the whole domestic eco-system of an economy. It applies to everything. That is how it is intended and that is its strength. As such, the application of “exemptions” is meaningless, because everywhere the recipient of the exemption turns, he still has to pay VAT in order to use the money he has “saved” via the exemption.

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Rollins won’t resign seat despite quitting PLP

FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins has dismissed calls from some in the Progressive Liberal Party to resign from his seat and force a by-election.

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FNM leader says law is a reward for PLP backers

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday criticised the proposed Gaming Bill as a “charter for law breakers and the select few”.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Activists fear 'meaningless' environmental bond security

Activists have warned that the watering down of performance bond obligations imposed on developers in new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations could render such security "meaningless".

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‘Get Freeport back to work’

A former Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) in-house attorney yesterday urged the Government to renew Freeport’s expiring tax incentives immediately, arguing: “Let’s get the island back to work.”

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Minister speaks at church

MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe was a special guest lecturer in Freeport at First Baptist Church’s celebration of the life of Sir Lynden Pindling, entitled “On Their Shoulders.”

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FNM warning over BTC offer

“MEANINGLESS shuffling and schemes” will not be in the Prime Minister’s best interests as the government further considers BTC and Cable & Wireless’s final offer, the Free National Movement warned.

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Is the gambling referendum worth the time?

THE upcoming referendum is really yucking up my vexation. I join the chorus of Bahamians encouraging the government to put a proper referendum forward; one that is worth suffering the inconvenience of going out to vote. There is no shame in doing the right thing.

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Murder is a national tragedy

THE murder of Inspector Carlis Blatch has rocked this nation. As it should. He is gone. We wish we could turn back the hands of time. We can’t.

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Ankle bracelets being tampered with ‘every day’

NATIONAL Security State Minister Keith Bell yesterday declared that ankle-monitoring bracelets were tampered with every day as he stressed the critical need for the proposed amendments to the Bail Act.

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Underachievers

In the aftermath of the PLP’s self imposed “100 day challenge”, the Rt Hon Perry G Christie claims to be very pleased with their accomplishments

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Death penalty

I cry shame on the Government for not fully implementing and carrying out the death penalty as required by law.

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NIB exemption called for over roadworks

The Government was yesterday urged to exempt all businesses impacted by the New Providence Road Improvement Project from their 5.9 per cent share of National Insurance Board (NIB) contributions for a year, with some describing the proposed micro loan and BEC concessions as “meaningless”.

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An Easter message from Bishop Laish Boyd

By THE RT. REV’D. LAISH BOYD, BISHOP OF THE ANGLICAN

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Business editor's review of BoB issue

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Smith: Mitchell's comments are a farce

HUMAN rights activist Fred Smith said yesterday that recent comments from Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell about the government’s immigration policy were “a farce” and “not based in reality.”

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