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D’Aguilar defends Cargill’s new role

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar defended the administration's hiring of former National Insurance Board Director Algernon Cargill yesterday, saying the government needs an expert who can help spearhead key aviation initiatives.

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Reduce time convictions for marijuana stay on records, urges Davis

OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday expressed support for the advancement of legislation to reduce the length of time that convictions for small amounts of marijuana remain on criminal records.

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Over-the-Hill tax-free zones are already launched, says Minnis

OVER-the-Hill constituencies of Bain and Grants Town and Centreville are now tax-free zones, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who said the government’s flagship initiative took effect November 1.

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Fox Hill community centre shut after govt fails to pay staff

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell says the Fox Hill Community Centre has been “effectively shuttered” after the government failed to pay staff for five months.

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PM orders rescue operations review

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said last night that he has ordered a full review of protocols, procedures and agencies involved in air accident response and investigations in the country – “including any systemic or structural problems” –following the Byron Ferguson case that has transfixed the nation.

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AG criticises Defence Force plane crash response

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel criticised the response of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to the recent plane crash suggesting the tragedy may not have been “properly” investigated because of how quickly the initial search was called off.

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Davis demands answers on Cargill consultancy

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis is questioning the Minnis administration’s decision to hire Algernon Cargill as a consultant for the Ministry of Tourism.

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Pre-school vouchers worth $2k per child

THE Ministry of Education yesterday launched the second phase of its universal pre-school programme with a contract signing for its private pre-school partnership.

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Dionisio signals air fees windfall

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has said the negotiations into charging international airlines fees for using Bahamian airspace are going “extremely well”.

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'No surprise' at PM's visa silence

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ silence over the FBI’s probe into an alleged visa scam in the country is not surprising as he castigated the government for its late response to the

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Davis calls for fair treatment at Straw Market

AS some straw vendors railed against “terrible” treatment from the government, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said the Minnis administration should be more sensitive to the challenges the sellers face.Mr Davis along with party

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Minnis still promises quarterly briefings 'when time is right'

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday described the work of the news media as “essential”, following persistent allegations that he is anti-press. Dr Minnis said he does not engage with such rumours, adding he will hold his long-promised quarter

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20 new officers recruited to immigration unit

IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette yesterday suggested it was difficult to investigate claims of bribery with cash as he encouraged the public to utilise the Department of Immigration’s new corruption unit.

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Sands – We'll make fair offer to doctors

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the government is negotiating in good faith to present a reasonable and fair offer to public health physicians who have threatened industrial action.

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Promised BPL probe has not yet begun

DESPITE announcing nearly three months ago that he ordered a probe into matters of concern at Bahamas Power and Light, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis confirmed yesterday no investigation has begun, but insisted he told the truth in pledging issues a

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