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AG: Cabinet authorised release of proposed Immigration Bill

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel has confirmed that Cabinet had authorised Law Reform Commissioner Dame Anita Allen to release the proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill 2018 for consultation.

Ministers quiet on swimming pigs venture worry

AMID calls for the removal of a group of pigs from a west Grand Bahama “swimming pigs” venture over allegations of inhumane treatment toward the animals, two Cabinet ministers whose portfolios govern separate aspects of such operations have declined to address it.

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Mitchell wants whole truth on rehiring by government

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell says Public Services Minister Brensil Rolle has not told the whole truth about the government’s rehiring processes.

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Minister unhappy after gossip leads to walkout by teachers

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd has decried the demonstration by a small contingent of SC McPherson Junior High School teachers that occurred Friday morning, insisting this broke an industrial agreement with teachers and the public school system.

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Immigration ‘draft’ should not have been published

AFTER roughly two weeks of discussion and public feedback related to what many thought was the consultative process connected to the proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill 2018, Immigration Minister Brent Symonette yesterday revealed the Office of the Attorney General was “premature” in its release of the legislation.

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Extra funds for audit shortfall

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest has confirmed the Office of the Auditor General will receive additional resources in the Minnis administration’s upcoming budget.

'FNM hypocritical over firing then re-hiring'

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday ridiculed Public Service Minister Brensil Rolle for admitting that a “large number” of the 9,000 people hired under the Christie administration have been re-engaged by the Minnis administration.

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‘Let go’ workers back on payroll

DESPITE criticising the former Christie administration last year for adding 9,000 people to the government payroll during its term in office, Public Service Minister Brensil Rolle revealed yesterday a “large number” of those hired from 2012 to 2017 have been re-engaged.

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‘Show us the deal for Town Centre Mall’

WHILE doubting the government will meet its latest General Post Office relocation date, Opposition leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday urged the government to lay on the table of the House of Assembly the lease agreement for the Town Centre Mall.

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PLP to have its say on immigration bill

THE Official Opposition is planning to make recommendations to the government’s Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill 2018 now out for public consultation.

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Storr turns tables on Ferreira

FORMER Bahamas Mortgage Corporation chairman Alex Storr has suggested turnkey homes provided under the former Christie administration were “undervalued,” pushing back against claims the former government sold homes for more than they were worth.

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Minister ‘alarmed’ by union behaviour

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday officials of the union representing Grand Lucayan managers have refused to communicate with him, despite cordial discussions more than a week ago.

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We will have local workers, says Ferreira

ENVIRONMENT Minister Romauld Ferreira says he is “confident” Bahamian labourers and managers will eventually be brought in to assist in the running of the New Providence Sanitary Landfill.

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D’Aguilar confident he’s on top of problems at LPIA

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar says he has a handle on the deficiencies exposed in a report about a near mid-air collision at the Lynden Pindling International Airport last September even as the government struggles to recruit new air traffic controllers.

‘RBPF won’t have impartial investigation’

THE Progressive Liberal Party said it has no confidence police can conduct an impartial investigation stemming from the findings of an audit of the National Sports Authority.