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Newbold plays down in-party tensions

PRESS secretary Anthony Newbold yesterday said he was unaware of any “frosty tensions” between Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine in the wake of Dr Minnis’ accusation that the backbench MP wants the people of Grand Ba

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Archer right for job? Someone thought so

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said he does not know what makes Omar Archer qualified to be the registrar of the Ministry of Works even as he insisted yesterday the controversial figure must have met the standards of the ministry. 

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Family Island schools: Three aren’t ready

THREE Family Island schools will have delayed openings, with no definite date for when repairs will be completed, press secretary Anthony Newbold revealed yesterday. 

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$14m budgeted to prepare schools for next term

THE government will spend about $14m this summer to prepare schools for the coming term, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.This includes $7.2m in school repair contracts, $4.5m in building work contracts, $1.2m in electrical work contrac

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Uncertainty over campaign finance legislation this term

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold is unsure if the Minnis administration will bring legislation this term to regulate election campaign finances. With Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis out of the country, Mr Newbold said today’s House of Assembly sitting

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Govt 'travel spreadsheets' won't be released before year's end

THE Minnis administration’s promised ‘travel spreadsheets’ are not expected to be released before year’s end, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold. Responding to reporters at his weekly press briefing yesterday, Mr Newbold said the spreadshe

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Govt's 'verbiage' 'may have been inaccurate' on forensic audits

ALTHOUGH the Minnis administration announced days after the 2017 general election that forensic audits will be conducted into certain institutions, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold admitted yesterday the administration’s “verbiage” may have been off.

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FIRST MOVES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE

THE Minnis administration is moving closer to bringing local government to New Providence, with Press Secretary Anthony Newbold announcing yesterday that an advisory committee has been established to guide its inception.The committee features at leas

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‘We’ve been thrown off message’

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold yesterday acknowledged the Minnis administration has not been communicating its agenda effectively, noting the government has been struggling to get back on message since the passage of Hurricane Irma.

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Missing file ‘won’t delay Oban project’

THE progress of the $5.5 billion Oban Energies project has not been halted by the disappearance of a file from the Bahamas Environment Science Technology Commission, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

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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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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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Newbold: Stay tuned on immigration

WITH no sign the government is more aggressively enforcing the country’s immigration laws despite the passing of the December 31, 2017, deadline for illegal immigrants to leave, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said critics “should just stay tuned”.

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Govt hired staff over $100k limit

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold admitted yesterday the Minnis administration has hired people on contracts worth more than $100,000 per year.

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‘Baha Mar’s open, that’s the priority’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis does not intend to apologise for his shifting position on Baha Mar or for criticising the former Christie administration’s handling of the project, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

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Minnis to create unit "to deliver" on govt promises

THE Minnis administration will establish a Deliverables Unit to help the government make good on its promises of “good governance and accountability”. In yesterday’s press briefing, Press Secretary Anthony “Ace” Newbold announced the creation of the

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Taxi plate leasing may end

THE Minnis administration is eying regulations to manage the issuance of taxi plates, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday, adding the government is also considering ending the controversial practice of leasing the plates.

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Gaming Board ‘axes 18’

MORE than a dozen employees of the Gaming Board, including some who hoped to become permanent staff, have been let go, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold confirmed yesterday.

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Death penalty legislation must wait for govt agenda

THE Minnis administration will “get through” the bills it has tabled in the House of Assembly and move on to capital punishment at a later date, the prime minister’s Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday. His statement came a week after the

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PM orders establishment of Urban Renewal centres on other islands

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has ordered that Urban Renewal centres be established in a number of islands, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

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Uncertainty over progress on capital punishment plans

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said Tuesday he does not know if the Minnis administration has made progress in its plans to allow capital punishment to be resumed in the Bahamas.After demanding in opposition that the law on capital punishment be enf

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‘Government will get rid of BPL secret elite list’

WHILE the Minnis administration fell short of its pledge to begin holding the elected officials accountable who have failed to comply with the Public Disclosure Act, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said Tuesday Bahamians can be assured the administration will get rid of Bahamas Power & Light’s do not disconnect list for elites who owe substantial arrears.

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No word on completion of repairs after hurricanes

THE government does not yet have a timeline of when repairs will be completed on homes damaged as a result of Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew, which ravaged part of the country in 2015 and 2016.According to press secretary Anthony Newbold, while it is

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'Ace' plays high stakes card in tribute to his old friend

Broadcaster Anthony “Ace” Newbold pulled no punches as he paid tribute last week to Edmund Spencer Moxey, his friend of 30 years, whose dream for his people was cruelly smashed by his political colleagues in 1987.

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