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Long Island MP Adrian Gibson being questioned by police

ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Leamond Deleveaux confirmed yesterday that Long Island MP Adrian Gibson was in police custody and being questioned in relation to an ongoing probe into the Water and Sewerage Corporation.

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STATESIDE: The effect of the West’s sanctions on Russia

HERE’S a bet that you’re thinking a lot less this morning about the war in Ukraine than you were just a couple of weeks ago. It’s become kind of old news. That’s kind of amazing, considering that this is the first major land war in Europe in most all of our lifetimes – since 1945.

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FRONT PORCH: The dangers and conceits of Christian nationalism

“GUN ownership is a more important right than voting. Voting is not really a human right at all but a privilege that should be reserved for those who are qualified to do it properly. It should be easier to buy a gun than vote.” – Christian right commentator Matt Walsh

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EDITORIAL: The right direction - if the figures add up

THE debut full Budget for Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis has arrived – and as ever with a Budget there is a lot to digest.

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Sandals to install detectors after tourist deaths

WHILE not revealing the cause of death of three American tourists at its Emerald Bay property earlier this month, Sandals has said the fatalities were not linked to the resort’s air conditioning system, food and beverage service, landscaping services or foul play.

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‘No disconnect’ despite $200m surplus increase

The Bahamian economy’s “exceptional” post-COVID rebound justifies revisions of more than $200m in key Budget projections, top officials asserted yesterday, despite Opposition fears of a “disconnect” that will undermine fiscal credibility.

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$100m SOE subsidy cut goes in opposite direction

The Government has temporarily shelved plans to slash subsidies to state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as it seeks Parliamentary approval to borrow $251.4m for clearing unpaid bills prior to the 2021-2022 fiscal year-end.

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‘About time’ high-end tax loopholes closed

Realtors yesterday said it was “about time” that the Government doubled the annual real property tax cap and sought to close “loopholes” that enable high-end condominiums in hotel rental pools to largely avoid tax.

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Blacklist ‘factor’ fear on bank Business Licence

A commercial bank chief yesterday questioned whether the Government’s plan to reimpose Business Licence fees on the sector could revive a situation that caused The Bahamas’ 2018 blacklisting by the European Union (EU).

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Debt strategy was Budget’s ‘big miss’

A governance reformer yesterday argued that the Budget presentation’s “big miss” was its failure to detail how The Bahamas will tackle its $10.5bn national debt and annual interest costs set to hit a record $589m.

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CG knows the importance of Medevac care

In 2021, Coralisle Group Ltd. (parent company of CG Atlantic Medical & Life) conducted more than 120 medical evacuations of CG Members to overseas hospitals where they received critical, often lifesaving emergency care. CG Atlantic Medical & Life has managed many oversees medical evacuations, including inter-island medical air evacuations.

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Dead man found in front of house

POLICE are investigating a homicide that occurred in the Ridgeland Park area on Tuesday night.

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Abaco murder probe

POLICE in Abaco are investigating a homicide on the island that happened on Tuesday.

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Minister confirms hospital case rise not due to COVID

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville has confirmed that the increase in COVID-19 cases is not linked to the rise in hospital admissions, but is associated with a high volume of people suffering complications from chronic non-communicable diseases.

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Candlelight vigil is held in memory of murdered sister

GRAND Bahama resident Shavon Munnings launched a Domestic Violence Awareness Conference on Tuesday with a candlelight vigil at the First Holiness Church in Freeport.

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Hotel union set to break away from umbrella body

The hotel union has served notice that it plans to break away from its umbrella union, the National Congress of Trades Unions of The Bahamas (NCTUB), with “immediate effect”, it was revealed yesterday.

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Up to $40k VAT refund for first-time home purchasers

The Prime Minister yesterday unveiled multiple measures designed to boost Bahamian home ownership including an up-to $40,000 refund of VAT paid by first-time buyers on construction services and building materials.

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PM targets 20% cut for electricity costs

The Prime Minister yesterday revealed the Government is targeting a further 20 percent reduction in electricity costs to below $0.20 per kilowatt hour via a combination of renewable energy and liquefied natural gas (LNG) related reforms.

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50 percent more to social service budget

PRIME Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis said the 2022/2023 Budget will provide a financial boost for the social assistance needs of Bahamians who continue to struggle beneath the pressures of inflation.

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BUDGET: FNM – What about growth of economy?

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Michael Pintard was critical of Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis’ budget presentation yesterday, saying it ought to have been about growth.

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