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Political pressure to hand out contracts? Not on my watch

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie said it is “astonishing” that an audit tabled in the House of Assembly asserts that political pressure from an elected official in his administration resulted in a web shop boss receiving a large contract from the Ministry of Finance.

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PM defends post office deal with minister

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis does not appear to be concerned about losing political capital over his administration’s decision to enter into a five-year lease agreement with owners of Town Centre Mall, one of them a sitting Cabinet minister, to house the General Post Office, telling reporters yesterday he is doing “what is right”.

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Minnis 'did not refuse aid'

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold has again defended Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ response to the Haitian earthquake, yesterday categorically denying the nation’s leader had expressed a refusal to send aid.Mr Newbold yesterday read out the direct w

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Our relationship with Dominicans is strong, says Henfield

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield admitted yesterday Dominican poachers continue to pillage Bahamian territorial waters despite efforts to discourage the practice in that country dating back to the former Christie administration, but insisted

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Minnis 'well aware' of concerns over prison

THE Minnis administration is well-aware of the mounting issues at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold has said. Responding to questions on overpopulation at the facility and the lack of adequate funding,

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Lighthouse Point D-day delayed for 72 hours

THE government’s decision on Lighthouse Point is now expected to be made on Friday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

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Post Office’s new landlord - Brent?

THE government is expected to bring a resolution to Parliament today which will allow the Minnis administration to rent facilities at the Town Centre Mall to house the General Post Office, a move that could bring an end to years of turmoil for workers at the facility and months of anguish for Bahamians that depend on its operations.

Two BAIC directors removed from posts

TWO directors on the board at the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation have been removed.Officials confirmed to The Tribune that directors Bernard Adderley and Mark Turnquest will be replaced by Bar Association President Khalil Parker and

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Training programme to reach at-risk youths

RECOGNISING the correlation between unemployment and crime, the Ministry of National Security yesterday signed a contract with the National Training Agency that will provide job training for 260 at-risk youth.The 12-week long programme will begin on

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Govt doubles number of lots for homeowners

THE government has increased the number of serviced lots to be offered to prospective homeowners.This comes in response to the initiative being “fully subscribed”, according to Housing and Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira who said officials have

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Migrants’ birth rate cause of concern

THE birth rate of immigrants living in The Bahamas is just one phenomenon driving the current overhaul of immigration laws, according to Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette, who suggested the potential number of people entitled to apply for citizenship stood to eclipse the current population.

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Minnis: We must not look like banana republic

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has insisted he would not present the country as a “banana republic” on the international stage as he defended the size of his delegation at the recent United Nations summit.He used the phrase during remarks at a town

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'Haiti must deal with children of migrants, not Bahamas'

THE lack of clarity over the entitlement to Haitian citizenship for second and third generation children born in the country is an issue for the Haitian government, not The Bahamas, according to Immigration minister Brent Symonette.Mr Symonette maint

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The ‘fix is in’ on Lighthouse Point project

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday said it appeared as if the “fix is in” on Lighthouse Point.

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PLP: We were voted out before we could regulate water sports

THE Christie administration drafted amendments to laws governing water sport activities in the Bahamas but was voted from office before tabling the amendments in the House of Assembly.