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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:57:37 -0500

Today on MORNING BLEND: (FEBRUARY 26, 2014)

Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson says he plans to expose all the tax dodgers among the “hypocrites” in the FNM. The threats come following the Opposition’s calls for the government’s VAT coordinator to resign or be fired after he admitted to not paying his real property taxes for at least a decade.
Also, Police say the recent gun violence is as a result of a “turf war” in New Providence. And we get reaction to the government’s announcement that The Bahamas and CARICOM plan to review the medical marijuana issue.

And, it’s “Promote Cat Island Regatta Month”, ahead of what organizers are calling “The Greatest Show on Earth”; the 58th Annual Regatta is set for the Emancipation Holiday Weekend, August 1-4. President of the Cat Island Sailing Club, Pat Strachan, and member Maxwell Burrows, discuss sailing in The Bahamas today, and outline some of the fundraising events leading up to the regatta.

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Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:21:58 -0500

Today on MORNING BLEND:

Continued strong reaction to the VAT Coordinator’s admission that he hasn’t paid his property taxes; some in the FNM have said he needs to resign or be fired.
Also, PLP MP Greg Moss says the PLP will lose the next election if the government implements VAT.
And, Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder says by regulating Bahamian-owned gaming houses, the govt. might be able to introduce VAT at a rate lower than 15 percent.

And Jay Mills, Andrea Archer and Minalee Hanchell discuss Empty Bowls Bahamas. Under the theme “Fighting Hunger Together”, the 6th Annual fundraiser is set for Sunday, February. 23.
As Executive Director of Great Commission Ministries, Hanchell tells us that many Bahamians are still going hungry everyday. She also discusses the challenges her organization is facing following dwindling financial donations since the recession.
Archer and Mills tell us Bahamians can help raise funds to fight hunger with their participation on Sunday. With the $15 purchase of a locally handmade ceramic bowl, you can choose from a variety of chef-prepared soups. The event takes place 1-5 PM at the Queen’s College Auditorium on Village Road.

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Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:31:29 -0500

State Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis is defending the govt.’s choice of VAT over other taxation forms like income or payroll tax. He told the House that VAT’s a better model for economic growth.
Meanwhile, the govt.’s VAT Coordinator admits that he has not been able to afford to pay his real property taxes for at least a decade. Ishmael Lightbourne telling The Nassau Guardian he understands “the hypocrisy and contradiction”, and that this “has been a major source of pain and discomfort.”

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Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:43:37 -0500

Today on MORNING BLEND:

The school bullying issue has once again been propelled into the spotlight following the death of a teenager who was allegedly accidentally stabbed while seeking advice on how best to deal with bullies. We talk with Dr. Cyprian Strachan about the complex issue, and the overly aggressive attitudes that appear to be commonplace in not just our schools, but throughout our society.
Callers also share their or their children’s disturbing school bullying experiences.

We also discuss recognizing mental health problems in a loved one. Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre Nursing Officer Joyann Curry gives us the warning signs and behaviors, as well as suggestions on how best to get assistance on this matter.
And Sandilands Public Relations Manager Betsy Duvalier tells us about their “Volunteer Programme”, which is desperately looking for volunteers to help in a number of areas at the centre, including assistance on the wards, office/clerical work, and recreational or occupational therapy. To volunteer call 364-9618.

And “In The News”, the government signs an amended heads of agreement for a $140 million expansion of the Albany development in southwest New Providence. PM Perry Christie says the project will create 1,000 jobs in the construction phase and about 300 permanent jobs, and will transform the development into the Monaco of the Caribbean.
Listeners have mixed views on the issue.

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