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‘Give comfort’ VAT slash makes sense

The Government must “give comfort” that its planned VAT rate cut will not worsen The Bahamas’ already-precarious economic and fiscal position, an ex-Cabinet minister warned yesterday.

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Sexist to Lanisha? Not by us

DIRECTOR of Sports Tim Munnings has denied any suggestion of sexism towards former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle from sports officials, saying it is not a practice at that ministry.

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Tourism operators: Go to digital vaccine cards

Family Island tourism operators yesterday suggested the government introduce electronic COVID-19 vaccination cards if it has doubts over whether the paper-based version can be verified.

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An open letter on nation’s transport

Dear Prime Minister, Congratulations on your victory at the recent polls.

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Flat on our face over good service

There is a science for providing service unfortunately we talk a lot about being ‘Better and Better’ but we fall flat on our face many times when suggesting you are offering the general public a reasonable level of service.

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Infrastructure Fund’s public offering plan

Bahamian investors will be given the opportunity to own a portion of the proposed National Infrastructure Fund via an initial public offering (IPO), a Cabinet minister confirmed yesterday.

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Minister ‘not sympathetic’ to BPC licence renewals

A Cabinet minister yesterday said he would “not be very sympathetic” if Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) seeks to renew its oil exploration licences but the decision is not solely his to take.

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GB airport: Govt ‘rolled over and played dead’

The government has “rolled over and played” dead by permitting Hutchison Whampoa to dump all its loss-making assets on the Bahamian taxpayer, a prominent attorney argued yesterday.

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‘Not every liability must be disclosed’

A former Cabinet minister yesterday hit back at the Prime Minister’s assertion of a “$1bn” fiscal omission by the Minnis administration, saying: “Not every liability must be disclosed.”

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EDITORIAL: Casting a shadow of political victimisation

THE allegation that members of the Democratic National Alliance were carried out on the instruction of “someone higher” than the police are very disturbing.

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Deloitte hired to review $535m BPL refinance

The Government has hired Deloitte & Touche to conduct a 30-day “rapid assessment” of Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) massive $535m refinancing, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

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Displaced voters must register in new constituency

VOTERS who have relocated after being displaced by Hurricane Dorian will have to register to vote in their new constituency, National Security Minister Marvin Dames suggested yesterday.

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45-year sentence for murder affirmed by Court of Appeal

THE Court of Appeal has affirmed the 45-year prison sentence of a man who was convicted of killing his father two years ago.

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Papers, please

Suggestion: A combination card that holds three sets of information of each Canadian Citizen:

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New govt ‘found no manuals or regulations in place’ relating to Public Procurement Act

MICHAEL Halkitis, Minister of Economic Affairs, said the Davis administration found in place no manuals or regulations relating to the Public Procurement Act when it came to power, suggesting this has affected the government’s ability to comply with the key legislation.

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BISX targets 2021 crowdfund launch

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) plans to launch into the crowdfunding space in 2021, its top executive confirmed yesterday, suggesting it will happen “sooner rather than later”.

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Police: No reports to support claim of people being targeted after leaving banks

Police say they are aware of a voice note on social media claiming people are being targeted after visiting banks, but they have received no such reports.

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$10m message to stop injustice

GHANA native Joseph Amihere is suing the government for $10.6m with interest for illegally detaining him for nearly seven years at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, during which time he endured poor treatment where he was “physically, emotionally and psychologically abused”.

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MP insists his firm didn’t cause fire

NORTH Eleuthera MP Rickey Mackey has alleged in an affidavit that his gas company – accused of negligently causing a fire that destroyed four residential units in Harbour Island – did not require licences as plaintiffs claim in a lawsuit.

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‘Freebie for mega wealthy must end’

A Bahamian realtor yesterday argued that “the freebie for the mega wealthy has got to stop” as he urged the Government to exploit the current high-end real estate boom to boost property tax revenues.