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FNM responds to Glenys Hanna Martin’s criticism of Jeffrey Lloyd

THE Free National Movement has responded to Education Minister Glenys Hanna Martin’s criticism of her predecessor Jeffrey Lloyd, with the party noting that Mr Lloyd was not criticising the Ministry of Education, but was simply offering suggestions.

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Man waved cutlass

A MAN was ordered to attend counselling after he was charged yesterday with unlawfully carrying arms and brandishing a weapon.

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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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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‘Non-lethal weapons may not be effective’

AS debate continues on the use of non-lethal weapons on the police force, National Security Minister Wayne Munroe suggested yesterday such tools may not be effective in violent or hostile crime situations.

Dilemma of reopening the schools

As the proud parent of a University of The Bahamas student, like other parents; students and teachers we are all anxious that in-person tuition become the norm again in the shortest time possible. Many students, unfortunately, do not have access to electricity or computers. This greatly curtails their ability to be taught online. There is little doubt that this will negatively impact their grade averages and results of examinations if and when they are held.

Air Canada’s pause ‘certainly bad news’

A senior tourism official yesterday said he would have been more “worried” if Air Canada had suspended its weekly Exuma flight for commercial reasons rather than COVID-19.

‘Why we tightened the net for entry’

MINISTRY of Health officials noticed a significant increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases from travellers about three to four weeks ago, acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Phillip Swain said yesterday.

VAT slash ‘not reckless’ as revenues up $160m

The Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday said the VAT rate cut “is not a reckless, populist act” as he revealed the Government has outperformed first half revenue targets by $160m.

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‘My wife struck me with her vehicle’

A MAN told the court yesterday how his wife struck him with her vehicle, damaging his finger after she saw him with another woman at his mother’s house.

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$1m drug defendant ‘just trying to make money’

A POLICE officer yesterday testified how one of the men accused of being involved in a near $1m drug operation in Exuma last year told the police on the day of his arrest that he “was just trying to make some money”.

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Digital banking can’t be ‘rammed down throats’

A senior banker yesterday said the industry must adopt the “Mary Poppins with medicine” approach in encouraging more Bahamians and businesses to switch to digital transactions.

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Up to $50k a week planned for free test programme

HEALTH Minister Dr Michael Darville said government hopes to spend no more than $40,000 to $50,000 per week on its pilot free COVID-19 testing programme in New Providence.

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HUBERT EDWARDS: Reigniting the debate on Bahamian taxation

This will be a very interesting year economically. Continued COVID-19 headwinds, the first true Budget from the new administration and, consequently, the change in “ownership” of prevailing policy positions will definitely cause a shift in perspective.

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923 police officers promoted this month

MORE than 920 Royal Bahamas Police Force officers of all ranks received promotions this month.

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Pre-COVID output ‘not good enough’

The Central Bank’s governor yesterday warned that returning to pre-COVID economic output “is not enough” as he reaffirmed forecasts that GDP will expand by 8 percent in 2022.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: The Great Resignation – is The Bahamas vulnerable?

ALL the talk about everything COVID has made us weary.

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‘Concerns’ over food programme controls

THE Davis administration is “concerned” about preliminary details which have emerged from the process of auditing the former government’s COVID-19 spending, with one official saying the lack of the availability of critical information is “disturbing”.

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Don’t alienate NGOs in creating ‘political stink’

The Opposition’s leader yesterday warned the Government not to “alienate” non-profit groups and their donors by creating a “political stink” around the $51m COVID food assistance initiative.

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Minister suggests using Family Islands for cannabis industry

MARINE Resources and Family Island Affairs Minister Clay Sweeting thinks the Family Islands would be ideal to support a cannabis industry.