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June 15, 2017
A picture of waste

The Christie administration executed over $90 million worth of medical-related contracts -- one of which was for the cleaning of an Abaco clinic that was closed -- just two weeks before the 2017 general election, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands revealed yesterday.
Sands said the contracts were executed despite a $16.4 million shortfall that prevented the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) from pu...

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June 18, 2017
Darville defends PLP government on pre-election contracts

Senator Dr. Michael Darville yesterday defended the Christie administration's award of healthcare contracts on the eve of the recent general election and rejected a claim made by Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands that the government did not get value for money in relation to the millions of dollars paid to consultants for National Health Insurance (NHI).
While contributing to debate on the budget...

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June 14, 2017
Sands: 90 mil in health contracts two weeks before election

Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands today painted a picture of waste in the midst of a government cash crisis weeks before the May 10 general election.
As he contributed to the budget debate in the House of Assembly, Sands said he is ashamed by the former administration's lack of fiscal prudence.
He said instead of addressing the $16.4 million shortfall that prevented the Public Hospitals Authority...

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April 15, 2015
Allen defends program

Urban Renewal Commission (URC) Co-Chair Algernon Allen yesterday admitted that contracts associated with the Small Home Repairs (SHR) project were not put to tender nor are contractors required to have insurance.

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April 14, 2015
Housing audit 'is disgraceful'

Former Minister of Works Neko Grant said yesterday he found the findings of the auditor general's report into the Urban Renewal Commission's Small Home Repair (SHR) program "disturbing, unacceptable and disgraceful".

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April 13, 2015
'No insurance for contracts'

A report of the auditor general on the Christie administration's Urban Renewal Small Home Repairs (SHR) program reveals that contractors were not required to have proof of all-risk insurance.

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October 16, 2017
Rotarians called on to Support Social Services and Urban Initiatives as Ministry Tweaks Program

The Government is zeroing in on human development, revitalization of inner-city spaces, and preservation of heritage as it prepares to streamline the operations of programs in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development...

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BTVI Strengthens Holistic Student Approach
July 08, 2021
BTVI Strengthens Holistic Student Approach

When the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) quickly pivoted to online learning over a year ago, its Student Services department - which is accustomed to in person events - had to do the same with the view of maintaining a student-centred, holistic approach despite the covid-19 pandemic.

Dean of Student Services, Racquel Bethel, noted that the covid-19 pandemic – though disrupt...

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March 17, 2017
Democracy or 'shameocracy'

Dear Editor,

Mr. Editor, I need to say right at the outset that I am not against any political party and neither am I advocating on behalf of any. If the reader suspects partisan politics in this article they have totally missed the point, but worse, they will turn a critical eye and deaf spirit to the admonition given to advance this country, not a political party or politicians, but this countr...

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Access Accelerator completes third round of grants for small businesses
April 20, 2021
Access Accelerator completes third round of grants for small businesses

The third round of the Access Accelerator Small Business Development Centre (Access Accelerator) Standalone Grant Programme has concluded, with $569,000 pumped into 129 small businesses. The third round activities bring the total investment in MSMEs to 2.3 million dollars, injected into 549 small businesses through the grant initiative.

The Standalone Grant Programme gives small business owner...

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