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PM: High energy costs stifling industries

HIGH energy costs and a lack of efficiency in the sector continues to stifle major segments of critically important and budding industries, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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PM: Public’s not afraid any more

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is convinced Bahamians are no longer fearful of crime under his administration as was the case in years past, adding yesterday he was pleased with the accomplishments authorities have achieved in a short timeframe.

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Little progress on citizenship laws, says Minnis

DESPITE announcing more than a year ago his administration’s intention to amend the Immigration Act to allow Bahamian women the right to automatically transfer citizenship to their children regardless of birthplace, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis suggested yesterday there has been little movement on the issue.

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Move to raise VAT exemption celling a ‘hoodoo’ response

SENATOR Michael Darville yesterday called the government’s bid to raise the value added tax (VAT) exemption ceiling for electricity bills from $200 to $300 a “hoodoo” political response to mounting public pressure.

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Dodge taxes and you’ll end up in court

TAX dodgers will be subject to criminal charges before the court under the government’s proposed amendment to the Penal Code.

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‘We need to know source of the money’

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest defended government’s intention to legislate non-profit organisations insisting yesterday the Minnis administration is simply seeking to ensure transparency while safeguarding the country against international risks.

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PM: I was only joking - honest

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is not concerned about the talk of a general strike in the country.

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Minnis meeting with unions falls flat

UNION leaders branded Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ large-scale meeting with them a flop yesterday, dismissing the event as an elaborate courtesy call rather than a productive attempt to resolve their issues. Rather than leading to conciliation, the meeting and its three-hour airing of grievances gave way to talk about a general strike among trade unionists, The Tribune was told.

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Doctors row may have progress

SENIOR doctors could resume non-emergency services at public hospitals today following a satisfactory meeting with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday.

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Minnis faces unions as doctors fight on

THE Public Hospitals Authority is maintaining its emergency operations protocol today as senior doctors press on with their industrial action before a key meeting with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis this morning. Dr Minnis is said to be concerned that tensions surrounding the dispute have been ramped up too high and has asked the CPSA to stop talking about the matter in the press.

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Rolle defends ‘easy target’ of civil servants after criticism

PUBLIC Service Minister Brensil Rolle defended civil servants against critiques while also underscoring the Minnis administration’s commitment to improving the public service sector after Cabinet Secretary Camille Johnson was quoted in a recent Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report calling some key workers “weak”.

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Senate backs bid to use dormant bank funds

THE government’s bid to utilise $41.3m from dormant bank accounts to set up a disaster relief fund is one step closer to law, after the Senate yesterday voted in favour of both the Bank and Trust Companies Amendment Bill and the Central Bank of the Bahamas Amendment Bill.

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Minnis to face union presidents

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will conduct “head to head” talks with union leaders next week in the face of escalating labour issues, according to Labour Minister Dion Foulkes.

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‘Acting Surveyor General doesn’t turn up for work’

A TOP consultant in the Office of the Prime Minister has said delays at the Office of the Surveyor General have been “unconscionable,” telling The Tribune the acting Surveyor General Thomas Ferguson “doesn’t show up to work”.

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Henfield ‘must do more’ after anti-gay slur

ACTIVIST Erin Greene yesterday suggested parliamentarians adopt an anti-hate speech campaign after a senator used a homophobic slur on social media.

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