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Butler-Turner questions govt’s neutrality in Baha Mar negotiations

 LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner has questioned whether the government is truly neutral in the Baha Mar negotiations, after a leaked email from a senior government advisor to an attorney at a US law firm last month suggested that a new equity partner be brought in to invest in Baha Mar as a way to secure the necessary financing to complete the project and get it open.

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Witness tells of shooting

A WOMAN told a court yesterday how the car she and her nephew were in was fired upon.

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PM’s premature on ‘best ever’ VAT implement

A top private sector executive yesterday suggested it was premature for the Prime Minister to suggest the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had praised the Bahamas for “the most efficient implementation of Value-Added Tax (VAT)” ever seen.

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Man claims police beat a confession out of him

THE man accused of killing a former Burger King manager he planned to seduce and rob, told a jury yesterday he confessed to murder and other related charges because police brutalised him.

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Cemetery proposal

IT is certainly interesting that a promoter would be interested in developing a cemetery when traditional funerals and interments are now not the norm and cremation is.

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‘Opposition can help smoothe V.A.T. process’

INTRODUCING Value Added Tax to the Bahamas would go “even smoother” if the opposition stands with the government instead of against it, New Zealand VAT expert Dr Don Brash said.

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FNM Deputy: Opposition should have met with VAT experts

FNM DEPUTY Leader Loretta Butler Turner yesterday criticised the government for not allowing the Opposition an opportunity to sit down with the New Zealand Value Added Tax experts.

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Gov’t ‘open’ to tariff slash suggestions

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the Government is “open to suggestions” from the private sector on tariff cuts that could be incorporated in the upcoming 2022-2023 Budget as a means to ease the impact of surging inflation.

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'Unconscionable' to implement VAT

The Free National Movement’s (FNM) deputy chairman believes it would be “unconscionable” for the Government to implement Value-Added Tax (VAT), suggesting that it could instead cut its fixed costs by around 10 per cent.

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Alleged child porn victim cries during court testimony

AN eleven-year-old girl who is an alleged victim of child pornography and unlawful sexual intercourse cried in the Supreme Court as she recalled the occasions a man allegedly woke her out of her sleep to give him oral sex.

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Man accused of sex with girl, 9, closes case

A JURY will hear closing arguments from counsel in the trial of a man accused of having sexual relations with a nine-year-old girl and taking pictures while in the act.

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Baha Mar’s expat hires told to leave

Baha Mar has told several expatriate hires to leave the Bahamas because construction delays mean there are no jobs for them to step into, amid suggestions it is seeking additional financing to complete the $3.5 billion project.

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Police had 'no reason' to conspire against accused

A POLICEMAN who claimed he, like his colleague, saw Stephen Stubbs with what was believed to be a black firearm outside Club Rock, said he had “no reason to conspire” against the defendants in the high-profile murder case.

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PLP leader asks police to probe 'violent' meme

PLP Leader Philip “Brave” Davis wants the police Cyber Crime Unit to investigate a “violent” internet meme made about him and find the persons responsible.Mr Davis spoke out after a meme was circulated on social media showing him blowing a whistle wh

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Baha Mar deal ‘can’t be tax free’ after Matthew

Baha Mar’s sale must not be “scott free” of the normal 10 per cent ‘transfer tax’, the Opposition’s deputy leader demanded yesterday, suggesting such revenues could “more than compensate” for Hurricane Matthew relief costs.

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Right to an opinion

I would like to suggest to Prime Minister Perry Christie that if anyone in his Government is going to speak to the press, presumably on his behalf, that they be required to attend a Dale Carnegie course so that they can learn to speak to and of people with kindness and respect.

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Construction more robust, but no 'hallelujah' shout

The Bahamian construction industry is more robust than 2017 first quarter figures suggest, although a leading contractor conceded: “Let’s not shout ‘hallelujah’ yet.”Leonard Sands, the Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president, told Tribune

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Prime Minister backs away from hurricane tax plan

DESPITE Prime Minister Perry Christie’s previous suggestion that the government may need to “tax some item” to accumulate funds for the country’s Hurricane Matthew recovery and repair, he yesterday back-pedalled from this position insisting that the current tax system is sufficient to raise the money needed for the efforts.

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PLP Chairman says FNM's VAT for hurricane relief suggestion is 'drivel'

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has lashed out at Free National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard over his suggestion that the government use Value Added Tax (VAT) collections to fund hurricane repairs.