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Politicians ‘unpatriotic’ for protesting
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday claimed the actions of the political leaders involved in a demonstration against dump fires on Sunday were “unpatriotic and a demonstration of poor judgment”. Hundreds of people ...
 
 
PM defends carnival spending
Prime Minister Perry Christie dismissed the criticism over capital spending on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and insisted that the festival will have a “significant impact” on the economy. Christie told The Nassau Guardian that carnival has also crea...
 
 
Turnquest: FNM not in crisis
Despite criticism regarding the Free National Movement (FNM) two-man race for chairman, FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday that there is no reason for anyone to be “discouraged”. “I believe that both candidates have something to ...
 
 
Union accuses Gibson of blocking strike poll
President of the Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU) Sloane Smith yesterday accused Minister of Labour Shane Gibson of blocking the union’s efforts to conduct a strike vote. “This is a tool of the union,” Smith said. ...
 
 
CLICO payouts came from industry taxes
The majority of the $16 million being paid to CLICO policyholders came from funds the government collected from the insurance industry, according to Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis. “A vast majority of this initial payment was funde...
 
 
Turnquest: Izmirlian best option for Baha Mar
Free National Movement (FNM) Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday that Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian is best suited to finish the $3.5 billion project and charged that the government should never have intervened. “Yes, I believe that...
 
 
Haitians charged over cocaine bust
Police have charged five Haitian men in connection with the seizure of 100 kilos of cocaine on Inagua on April 8. Walter Noel, 52, of Andros Avenue, and Haiti; Johnson Johnassaint, 43, of La Tortue, Haiti; Fadius Augustine, 63, of La Tortue, Haiti; ...
 
 
Judge won’t remove DPM robbery suspect’s ankle monitor
A Supreme Court judge yesterday refused to end the electronic monitoring of a suspect in the home invasion and armed robbery of the deputy prime minister. Jeffrey “Bongo” King’s trial is scheduled to begin before Justice Vera Watkins on May 2....
 
 
Court holds WEMCO in contempt over juror’s pay
A Supreme Court judge yesterday held a security company in contempt of court over its refusal to pay a juror his full salary. Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs ordered WEMCO to pay the juror the $195 that was unlawfully deducted from his pay by April 19...
 
 
Killing in the course of dangerous driving trial delayed
An attorney accused of killing a man by dangerous driving appeared before a magistrate yesterday for the continuation of her trial. Tracy Ann Ferguson, former associate general counsel at Baha Mar Ltd., is accused of causing the death of Ricardo Sto...
 
 
Izmirlian renews Baha Mar bid
While pledging to continue to fight the “ill-advised” petition for the winding up of Baha Mar, developer Sarkis Izmirlian said yesterday in a statement that he wants to work with Prime Minister Perry Christie to “rapidly” open the resort, whi...
 
 
Many challenges outlined in state of the nation report
The Bahamas has a “demographic gift” in that the majority of the population is currently of working age, however, if the country is unable to take advantage of the situation soon, the “gift” will be lost, said Felix Stubbs, chairman of the Na...
 
 
Cubans recaptured
Authorities apprehended four of the five Cuban men who escaped from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre on Saturday night and the fifth escapee turned himself in, according to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF). The RBDF said this occurred yest...
 
 
‘No special budget’ for referendum
Despite previously indicating that the referendum on gender equality would cost $1.4 million, Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage said no “special budget” has been set for the referendum, which is set for June 7. Prime Minister Per...
 
 
Bus driver charged with murder, attempted murder
A bus driver appeared before a magistrate yesterday charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm. Prosecutors believe that Gary Thurston, 31, of Charleston Street, Ridgeland Park, is responsible for the...
 
 
Butler-Turner ‘forgives’ PLP for referendum action in 2002
Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday charged that Prime Minister Perry Christie has been “very arrogant” in his refusal to apologize for the part the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) played in the defeat of the 2002 referendum, but admon...
 
 
Greenslade, Kemp to run for DNA
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) ratified two more candidates yesterday as the party moved closer to completing its full slate of hopefuls to run in the next general election. Head of ICS Security Concepts Stephen Greenslade was ratified for...
 
 
Sentencing delayed in McCartney death case
The penalty phase of the trial for a man and woman a jury found responsible for the death of businessman Kurt McCartney was delayed yesterday. Thorne Edwards and Lyndera Curry, the mother of his child, were respectively convicted of murder and mansl...
 
 
Victim named killer before he died, court hears
A dying man allegedly told police officers who shot him and where he lived, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday. Prosecutors say that Elroy Wilson told the first officers who responded to his shooting the nickname and surname of his shooter and t...
 
 
U.S. National Park Service officer Visits Andros
A top specialist from the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. National Park Service recently toured protected areas and other sites on Andros as a guest of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) during a personal visit with his family. Jonathan Put...
 
 
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