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RBC executive retires after blasting education of nation

TIM Rider, the Royal Bank of Canada executive who faced backlash from Bahamians after lambasting the educational standards of the country, yesterday announced his intention to retire from the institution.RBC’s senior vice-president of sales’ decision

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'On target' for March 1 disclosures deadline

AS the deadline for members of Parliament and senators to file financial disclosures approaches, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said everyone is on target to meet the timeline of March 1. “The Public Disclosure Commission continues to meet and the

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Newbold: No timeline on appointment of chief justice

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday there is no timeline for when Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will appoint a chief justice.His comment came as a small protest planned by a senior magistrate highlighting Dr Minnis’ failure to appoint a

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No decision yet on office of the spouse proposal

CABINET has yet to take a formal position on the proposed Office of the Spouse, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ wife, Patricia Minnis, promoted the idea as a way to address women’s issues in the countr

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Minister speaks on plane 'wreckage'

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has responded to a video purportedly showing the wreckage of the Piper Aztec plane that crashed off the coast of Andros last month. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet yesterday, Mr D’Aguilar emphasi

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Call for more applications by Bahamian-born people

THE Citizenship Committee has tentatively requested an increase in the number of applications it reviews during its meetings, according to Trade and Immigration Minister Brent Symonette.

Govt happy with Oban project

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold stressed yesterday the $4.5bn Oban Energies project for East Grand Bahama satisfied government criteria for deals of this magnitude.

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Culmer tells PLP not to hold country back

FREE National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer Sr has lashed out at the Progressive Liberal Party, accusing the opposition of campaigning against the country’s progress.

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NIB staff anger over payments

IRATE employees of the National Insurance Board gathered in anger outside the entity’s Baillou Hill Road headquarters yesterday after learning they would not receive increments owed to them since January.

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DNA breakthrough shows Taino lived on after Columbus

AN international team of scientists, led by Dr Hannes Schroeder and Professor Eske Willerslev from the University of Copenhagen, successfully reconstructed the full genome of a Lucayan-Taino individual from a thousand-year-old tooth discovered at Preacher’s Cave on Eleuthera.

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COB clerk guilty of $640k theft

FORMER College of the Bahamas employee Chimeka Gibbs was unanimously convicted by a Supreme Court jury yesterday for stealing over $600,000 from the college over a seven-year period.

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Gunned down as they played cards: Residents deny Pinewood victims linked to drugs

PINEWOOD Gardens residents have been left shocked and in fear following the weekend shooting spree which left two people dead and four injured.

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‘Sin tax’ sacrifice needed to fund NHI

HEALTH officials will recommend to Cabinet that a sin tax be imposed to pay for National Health Insurance, possibly impacting the cost of items like alcohol, tobacco, lard and substances containing high-fructose corn syrup, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Refinery project good to go

THE multi-billion dollar Oban Energies project for East Grand Bahama has passed the government’s due diligence assessments, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and officials of the oil refinery and storage company said yesterday.

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Trump’s Bahamas pick says: I’m sorry

DOUGLAS Manchester, the billionaire and real estate developer who was nominated by US President Donald Trump for the post of Bahamas ambassador, has issued an apology after accusations of having an unsettling management style that allegedly made some female employees uncomfortable.