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Lloyd aims to increase investment in technical education

DURING his maiden formal presentation as Minister of Education, Jeffrey Lloyd did not mince his words regarding his views on technical vocational education and training (TVET), saying that it serves as the core discipline in the efficiency of any society.

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PMH surgeries postponed after fault in care block

ELECTIVE surgeries at the Princess Margaret Hospital have been postponed due to a malfunctioning air-conditioning systems, according to the hospital’s administrator.

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Residents left unpaid in wake of Fyre Festival

THE words “Fyre Festival” have left an acrid, bitter taste in the mouths of Exuma residents, many of whom are still unpaid nearly a month after the event descended into chaos.

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FNM to start making good on tax promises in budget

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday the Minnis administration intends to begin making good on its tax-related promises in next week’s budget presentation.

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Pledge to free ZNS from political manipulation

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis pledged to transform ZNS from what was a “state propaganda machine under the last government” into a “properly functioning public broadcasting corporation” yesterday as he spoke at Government House during a swearing-in ceremony for parliamentary secretaries and government senators.

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BPL $1m theft probe finds payments to 'fake firms'

FOUR Bahamas Power and Light employees have been suspended and one person has been terminated pending an investigation into the theft of nearly $1m at the power company, The Tribune understands.

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Bannister slams ‘stupid’ and ‘nasty’ social media rumours

NEWLY appointed Minister of Works Desmond Bannister said yesterday that recent social media rumours about his health were “stupid,” “immature” and “nasty” as he expressed eagerness to begin the work of beautifying The Bahamas through his new role.

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Mitchell, Darville, Sweeting and Coleby Davis named PLP senators

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday announced the Official Opposition’s four Senate appointments, including two former Cabinet ministers, whom he said “will hold the government’s feet to the fire”.

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Munroe investigating lawsuit in wake of arrests at BAIC

FOLLOWING the arrest and release of former Nassau Village member of Parliament Dion Smith and several Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation employees in connection with a police probe into “theft by reason of employment,” attorney Wayne Munroe said a team is “looking at” whether there are grounds for his clients to sue over the handling of the matter.

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Man was fatally shot in the head as he got out of his car

A 30-year-old man is dead after he was shot in the head while getting out of his car late Sunday night.

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FYRE FESTIVAL: ‘I don’t think they really knew how big this thing was’

Not enough time, no planning, locals working 20-hour days and not getting paid. Ava Turnquest hears from one man caught in the festival fiasco . . .

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Grandfather of ten jailed over seizure of $1m of marijuana

A grandfather of 10 was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to several drug related charges in connection with a recent seizure of marijuana in South Andros worth over $1m.

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RBDF officer faces court over firearm offence

A ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force officer was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday on five charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the seizure of a loaded handgun in the Englerston constituency over the weekend.

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Fitzgerald launched education audit prior to election

EDUCATION Minister Jeffrey Lloyd yesterday confirmed that an extensive audit is underway at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as the government looks to determine if the more than $300m allocated to the ministry is being used in a “proactive and useful” manner.

Lloyd seeks construction unit within Ministry of Education

THE Ministry of Education is looking to establish a cohort of construction and maintenance personnel to carry out repairs and construction independent of the Ministry of Works.